Biotechnology Program

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

FAQs

For Students

Both certificates provide students with the skills and job training essential for the field of biotechnology. The program allows students to attain essential skills in biotechnology and provides opportunities to learn laboratory procedures and safety, how to record and analyze data, perform basic calculations, and write laboratory documents. Students also learn about careers and ethical issues in biotech.

The certificates are similar; however, the Certificate of Achievement is geared more towards Biology Majors. It is a great addition to the regular Biology degree. It requires higher level biology and chemistry courses.

The program allows students to attain essential skills in biotech and provides opportunities to learn laboratory procedures and safety, how to record and analyze data, perform basic calculations, and write laboratory documents. Students also learn about careers and ethical issues in biotech.

You can obtain the Skills Certificate in just one year by taking three courses. The Certificate of Achievement can be acquired in two years.

Only three courses are required for the Skills Certificate:

  • CG 51 (College Success) or CG 54 (Careers and Lifestyles), 1 unit

  • Bio 41T, Biotechnology Fundamentals, 4 units

  • Bio 42T, Advanced Biotechnology, 4 units

The following are taken in order to earn the Certificate of Achievement:

  • Chem 1A, General Chemistry, 5 units

  • Bio 101, .Introduction to Microscopy, .25 units

  • Bio 9A, Molecular, Cellular, and Animal Biology, 5 units

  • Bio 41T, Biotechnology Fundamentals, 4 units

  • Chem 1B,General Chemistry II, 5 units

  • Bio 42T, Advanced Biotechnology, 4 units

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Jobs for technicians may be found in environmental testing labs, forensic labs, hospitals, plant culturing labs, research labs, and food industry, such as dairy, breweries, and wineries.

A few of the exciting jobs for those with a certificate include:

  • Laboratory Assistant or Technician
  • Assay Analyst
  • Genomics Technician
  • Water Quality Technician

FAQs

For Industry

Your employees will find value in updating expertise by obtaining the Skills Certificate or Certificate of Achievement As a local employer you have access to a valued program that quickly and affordably provides additional training to your employees.

Students who gain a certificate through the Cabrillo College Biotechnology leave with the skills and job training essential for the field of biotechnology. They are ready to work! Students attain essential skills in biotechnology and learn laboratory procedures and safety, how to record and analyze data, perform basic calculations, and write laboratory documents. They learn from faculty who have both teaching experience combined with real-world experience in industry.

Help us to collaboratively build a skilled workforce to meet your needs of tomorrow. We envision industry partners assisting with program outreach at key events, providing speakers with real-world experience to address our students, creating internships or an employment pipeline, and helping further develop our curriculum.

Questions? Let us guide you to new skills.