Science of Today...and for the Future
Our faculty has both teaching experience combined with real-world experience in industry. This specially trained faculty has put together a curriculum that provides opportunities to learn general laboratory procedures, laboratory safety, how to record and analyze data, perform basic calculations, and write laboratory documents.
Technician jobs can be found in environmental testing labs, forensic labs, hospitals, plant culturing labs, research labs, and food industry such as dairy, breweries and wineries.
View more exciting Careers in Biotechnology page.
After the successful completion of the prerequisites, only a total of nine units 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
- Total of 9 Units
1 Year - 3 classes
CG 51 or CG 54 - College Success or Careers and Lifestyles • 1 Unit
BIO 41T - Biotechnology Fundamentals • 4 Units
BIO 42T - Advanced Biotechnology • 4 Units
Certificate of Achievement
The Certificate of Achievement is similar to the Skills Certificate, but it is geared for students wishing to transfer. In addition to the proficiency gained from the Skills Certificate, students will acquire a deeper set of skills that are useful toward their future B.S. degree.
After the prerequisites have been completed, a total of 23.25 units, taken over two years, are required for the Certificate of Achievement.
These courses should be taken in the following sequence:
Year 1 - 4 classes
Chem 1A - General Chemistry - 5 Units
BIO 101 - Introductory to Microscopy - .25 Units
BIO 9A - Advanced Biotechnology - 4 Units
CHEM 1B - General Chemistry II - 5 Units
Year 2 - 2 classes
BIO 41T - Biotechnology Fundamentals - 4 Units
BIO 42T - Advanced Biotechnology - 4 Units
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Prior to starting the Biotechnology program for either the Skills Certificate or the Certificate of Achievement, there are necessary prerequisites.
“The Biotech program offered great hands-on experience in the lab. The possibilities are endless, and the professors are immensely helpful and encouraging. Importantly, the program helped me prepare for a job in the biotech industry,” Lisa Uribe