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Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
BIO141  General Biology I (lab)
MTH125  College Algebra
CHM101  Introduction to Chemistry
BST120  Introduction to Biotechnology
BST121  Basic Biotechnology Methods
ENG124  College Composition
Biology Elective 1
PHL122  Ethics
BST122  Advanced Biotechnology Methods
BST130  Biotechnology Seminar I
MTH124  Statistics
SCI273  Special Topics in Science
BST240  Bioinformatics
BST221  Cell & Tissue Culture (1st 8-weeks)
BST225  Biotechnology Instrumentation (2nd 8-weeks)
BST222  Cellular & Subcellular Separations
CHM141  General Chemistry I (lab)
BIO242  Cell and Molecular Biology (lab)
BST250  Bioprocesses and Manufacturing
CHM142  General Chemistry II (lab)
Biology Elective 1


Biotechnology represents the cutting edge of science, often leading to groundbreaking discoveries in a wide variety of fields. Biotechnology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States and in the northeastern Ohio area.

Stark State’s biotechnology program provides students with the training necessary to work and thrive in biotechnology/bioscience or other technology-rich industrial or academic-based research laboratories. The courses are designed to be hands-on and provide training which implements the most up-to-date techniques and instrumentation currently being used in these laboratories.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to work in biotechnology/bioscience laboratories in such positions as research and development, and quality control. In addition, professionals with biotechnology backgrounds, who can communicate well with researchers and customers, are needed in sales and marketing.

This program is an option for individuals thinking of articulating into a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology, biology or chemistry at a four-year college or university. Many of these courses are also applicable to the associate of science degree offered jointly by Stark State and Kent State University. Many analysts have predicted that biotechnology will be one of the most important applied sciences of the 21st century.