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Biotechnology Program Information

Biotechnology is the use of microorganisms or biological substances, such as enzymes, to solve problems; develop or make useful products; or preform specific manufacturing processes. The Biotechnology Laboratory Assistant Certificate of achievement is designed for students who wish to obtain the skills required to gain entry level employment in the biotechnology industry. Upon completion of the Biotechnology Laboratory Assistant Certificate program students will be eligible to obtain entry level employment as laboratory assistants in biotechnology industries such as pharmaceutical labs or research and development laboratories. There are no prerequisites or enrollment limitations for the program. Upon successful completion of the program students will have acquired the following knowledge and skills: Apply the scientific method and appropriate experimental design •Maintain an industry standard laboratory notebook. Use and complete correct Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Manufacturing Procedures (GMPs) and other required documentation common in a biotechnology laboratory. Demonstrate ability to accurately and safely preform standard lab techniques such as pipetting, metrology, aseptic technique. Maintain a safe, clean contamination-free and clutter-free environment. Communicate information in an appropriate way. Perform calculations relating to work function. Select and use appropriate computer tools.

Complete the following courses:

  • BIOT 70 INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY 3 Units
  • BIOT 70L INTRODUCTORY BIOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY 1 Unit
  • BIOT 273 BIOTECHNOLOGY A: BASIC LAB SKILLS 4 Units
  • CHEM 3 FUNDAMENTAL CHEMISTRY 4 Units