Study Biotechnology: Certificates, Courses & Training Info

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As a student in a Biotechnology Associate degree program, you will learn about the biological sciences, including biochemistry, plants, animals, and genetics. Through studying biology, chemistry, and molecular biology, you will graduate with the skills to gain entry-level employment in a laboratory setting as a research specialist or laboratory technician. Read on to find out more.
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Reasons to Earn a Biotechnology Associate Degree

Biotechnology uses both technology and biology concepts to develop answers for some of today's scientific issues and problems. Developments and solutions that come from the area of biotechnology can include medicines and pharmaceuticals, food, and animal life.

Biotechnology Associate Degree Career Opportunities

Occupational Outlook

In a posting in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, professionals in the biotechnology field, more specifically, science technicians can expect good job availability over the next seven years as medical and scientific research continues to increase.

Salary Information

As of May 2004, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average annual salary for biological science technicians was $38,443.

Biotechnology Associate Degree Specifics

Required Courses

During your Biotechnology Associate Degree program, you will concentrate on developing your training in research and technical skills within the field. You will study in a laboratory setting so as to be able to use your knowledge immediately upon entering the workforce. Specific coursework in your program may include:

  • Applications in Biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Bioethics
  • Cell Culturing
  • Chemistry
  • Molecular Biology

Skills You Will Learn

Throughout your Biotechnology Associate degree program, you will learn to develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. You will learn the basics to be well-versed in a variety of skill sets upon graduation. Specific skills you will learn may include:

  • Knowledgeable technical writing in order to communicate results and studies effectively
  • Data collection, research and report generating
  • Laboratory processes, procedures, management, and safety

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