On completion of the Biotechnology A.A.S., you may transfer to another institution and earn a bachelor's degree in a biological science or may elect to enter the workforce. Course selection within the curriculum depends on which option the student selects.
The emphasis of the program is on applied laboratory skills relevant to the biotechnology industry. A solid foundation is obtained through introductory coursework in biotechnology, biology, chemistry, and mathematics. These background courses prepare students for more rigorous upper-level applied coursework in biotechnology, biology, and chemistry taken during the second year. On completion of three or more biotechnology classes with a grade point average of 2.5 or better and with consent of the biotechnology coordinator, the student has the option of applying to enroll in the biotechnology practica for off-campus training at local partner biotechnology companies. This option must be selected within six months of completing the on-campus courses. These practica often result in full-time employment opportunities. High school biology, chemistry, and math (algebra II) are strongly recommended.
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