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

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
      • Master of Science in Biotechnology
      • Master of Science in Bioinformatics
    Certificate
      • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Biotechnology Enterprise
      • Post-Master's Certificate in Sequence Analysis and Genomics
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Nursing/Nurse Educator
      • Master: Nursing/Nurse Administrator
      • MS in Nursing
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
      • Bachelor: Health Science
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Argosy University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Medical Technology (BS)
    Associate's
      • Medical Laboratory Technology (AS)
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    6. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS in Clinical Microbiology
      • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology
      • MSHS in Molecular Diagnostic Sciences
      • MSHS in Translational Microbiology
      • MSHS in Clinical Research Administration
  • Campus Locations:
    7. CDI College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Diploma in Medical Laboratory Assistant
      • Diploma in Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician
  • Chula Vista, CA

    Southwestern College

  • Campus and Online Programs
    9. Fortis College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Laboratory Technology

Featured Schools

Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Master of Science in Biotechnology
  • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Biotechnology Enterprise
  • Post-Master's Certificate in Sequence Analysis and Genomics

What is your highest level of education?

Kaplan University

  • Master: Nursing/Nurse Educator
  • Master: Nursing/Nurse Administrator
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
  • Bachelor: Health Science

Which subject are you interested in?

Argosy University

  • Medical Technology (BS)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology (AS)

What is your highest level of education completed?

Grand Canyon University

  • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
  • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science

What is your highest level of education?

Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

What is your age?

The George Washington University

  • MSHS in Clinical Microbiology
  • MSHS Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • MSHS in Immunohematology and Biotechnology

What is your highest level of education?

CDI College

  • Diploma in Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Diploma in Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician

What year did you graduate high school?

Southwestern College