Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist (6160)
ADDENDUM October 10, 2016 (action based on curriculum minutes dated April 28, 2016) - New Program
Type of Award
CCC - College Credit Certificate
The College Credit Certificate program has been designed for AA students interested in biotechnology concepts, techniques and equipment. Relevant topics such as molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology, nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) extraction and analysis, plasmid transformation, polymerase chain reaction and agarose gel electrophoresis will be covered. Students will gain a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, and microbiology.
The Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist College Credit Certificate provides the student with comprehensive knowledge, specific competencies and lab techniques that enhance current skill while establishing a foundation for a successful bioscience career.
This 30-credit certificate offers courses in biotechnology principles, biology, general chemistry and microbiology.
Have a standard high school diploma or GED;
Complete an Application for Admission, located at
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.
The Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist college credit certificate can be completed in 12 months. The certificate includes 30 credits in biotechnology skills.
The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.
For More Information
Dr. Becky Mercer, Director of Biotechnology Programs mercerb@PalmBeachState.edu , (561) 207-5059
Dr. Alexandra Gorgevska, Department Chair for Natural Science & Biotechnology gorgevsa@PalmBeachState.edu , (561) 207-5003
To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
|Required Courses||Credits: 30|
|BSC2421||Introduction to Biotechnology||3|
|BSC2421L||Introduction to Biotechnology Lab||2|
|BSC1010||Principles of Biology 1||3|
|BSC1010L||Principles of Biology 1 Lab||1|
|CHM1045||General Chemistry 1||3|
|CHM1045L||General Chemistry 1 Lab||1|
|BSC2420L||Biotechnology 1 Lab||2|
|BSC2435||Introduction to Bioinformatics||1|
|CHM1046||General Chemistry 2||3|
|CHM1046L||General Chemistry 2 Lab||1|
|Total Program Credits: 30|
Careers in biotechnology include: research associate, cell culture technician, cloning technician. quality control technician, bioinformaticist, fermentation specialist, regulatory affairs, patent law, molecular ecologist, agriculture biotechnologist, protein purification specialist, forensic crime lab technician, cell biologist, brewmaster, business development, mass spectroscopist.
Program length excludes this program from gainful employment reporting requirements.
Career Path Notes
Credits in this certificate program will transfer directly into the Associate in Arts (AA) or the Associate in Science(AS) degree program in Biotechnology.
For more information about employment opportunities including job outlook and salary information visit:
Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/oco/
O-Net Online: http://online.onetcenter.org/