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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Biotechnology AS

Biotechnology  (2158)

Type of Award
AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

Program Description
This degree program is designed for students who will seek employment as biotechnology research technicians, biological technicians, cell culture technicians or biotechnology manufacturing technicians, or for persons wanting career advancement already employed in the field.
Course content includes biology and chemistry concepts, algebraic and statistical analysis, basic microbiology concepts, biohazard and safety procedures, human anatomy and physiology, core biotechnical laboratory techniques and industry workplace experience.

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements

  • Have a standard high school diploma or GED;
  • Complete an Application for Admission, located at
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least 2.6 in all-previous college work attempted.
  • Attend a Mandatory Information Session.  The schedule for upcoming information sessions can be found on the Biotechnology webpage.

Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program with a grade of C or higher.

Program Length
The program can be finished in two years of full-time enrollment or three years part time.

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

For More Information
Dr. Alexandra Gorgevska, Department Chair for Biotechnology & Natural Science, (561) 207-5003

To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
General Education Credits: 16
ENC1101 College Composition 1 3
  Any course from Mathematics- Area III with an MAC prefix 3
BSC1010 Principles of Biology 1 3
BSC1010L Principles of Biology 1 Lab 1
  Any course from Humanities - Area II 3
  Any course from Social Science - Area V 3
Required Courses Credits: 45
BSC2421 Introduction to Biotechnology 3
BSC2421L Introduction to Biotechnology Lab 2
BSC1404C Introduction to Biotechnological Methods * 5
BSC2420 Biotechnology 1 3
BSC2420L Biotechnology 1 Lab 2
BSC2427 Biotechnology 2, Molecular Biology, Cell & Immunobiology 3
BSC2427L Biotechnology 2, Molecular Biology, Cell and Immunobiology Lab 2
BSC2945C Biotechnology Internship 2
BSC2416C Introduction to Tissue Culture Lab 2
BSC2426C Introduction to Biotechnology Instrumentation Lab 2
BSC2435 Introduction to Bioinformatics 1
CHM1045 General Chemistry 1 3
CHM1045L General Chemistry 1 Lab 1
CHM1046 General Chemistry 2 3
CHM1046L General Chemistry 2 Lab 1
CHM2210 Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHM2210L Organic Chemistry 1 Lab 1
CHM2211 Organic Chemistry 2 3
CHM2211L Organic Chemistry 2 Lab 1
MCB2010 Microbiology 3
MCB2010L Microbiology Lab 1
STA2023 Statistics 3
Total Program Credits: 61
*A challenge exam is available for those students who qualify to take this course. Those who do not pass the exam will be advised to take BSC 2421 and BSC 2421L. See Program Director for details.

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Employment Opportunities
The program prepares the student for employment in entry-level biotechnology positions. Students can work in the biotechnology industry, pharmaceutical manufacturing and related industries.

Career Path Notes
Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. For more information, see the web at

In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university to which you wish to transfer.

Career Center
For more information about employment opportunities including job outlook and salary information visit:
Occupational Outlook Handbook:
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