Biotechnology

A highly marketable biotechnology degree is your ticket to enter the workforce directly or to transfer to a four-year college or university with hands-on training in PCR, electrophoresis, high performance liquid chromatography, western blots, cell and tissue culture and gene sequencing. You’ll be trained in standard operating procedures, general manufacturing processes, record-keeping and lab safety in small classes by highly qualified faculty who provide career guidance. Along with exceptional lab facilities, you’ll have practical learning experiences and networking opportunities with local industry partners.

Many program courses can be applied to the associate of science – general or the associate of science – biology degree.

Work in many areas, including

  • bioenergy
  • environmental testing
  • food science/processing
  • manufacturing
  • medical research
  • pharmaceuticals

Prepare for a career as a(n)

  • undergraduate research assistant
  • entry-level lab technician
  • entry-level research technician
  • quality control technician
  • entry-level manufacturing technician

The biotechnology certificate gives you foundational skills for the biotech field and benefits you whether you’re just starting out or already have a bachelor’s degree but would like more hands-on experience for the job market.

The certificate directly applies to the associate degree in biotechnology and gives you the skills you need to secure a summer internship.

Your pathway to a degree

You can start with a biotechnology certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in biotechnology:

General Biotechnology Lab Technician Track

  • General Biology I (lab) or General Chemistry I (lab)
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Basic Biotechnology Methods (lab)
  • Advanced Biotechnology Methods (lab)
  • Biotechnology Seminar I
  • Bioinformatics or Cell and Tissue Culture

Certificate Credits 16-18

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Clinical-Based Sterile Technique Track

  • General Biology I (lab) or General Chemistry I (lab)
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Basic Biotechnology Methods (lab)
  • Advanced Biotechnology Methods (lab)
  • Biotechnology Seminar I
  • Bioinformatics or Cell and Tissue Culture

Certificate Credits 15

NOTE: All courses listed as options are required for the associate degree in biotechnology.

Take these additional courses to earn an associate degree in biotechnology that you can take right to the workforce or easily transfer to a bachelor’s degree program:

  • Student Success Seminar
  • Computer Applications for Professionals
  • College Composition
  • Intro to HAZ Mat and Waste Management
  • General Biology I (lab)
  • Technical Report Writing
  • OSHA 40 hour HAZWOPER
  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Ethics
  • Special Topics in Science
  • General Genetics (lab)
  • General Chemistry I (lab)
  • Cell & Tissue Culture (lab) (1st 8-weeks)
  • Biotechnology Instrumentation (lab)
  • Bioinformatics
  • Bioprocesses and Manufacturing (lab)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (lab)
  • General Chemistry II (lab)

Additional Credits 45-49

TOTAL CREDITS FOR DEGREE 63-64

  • Associate of science in biotechnology
  • Choose Ohio First Scholarship

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  • Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society