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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2019-2020

Palm Beach State College

Biotechnology CCC

Biotechnology  (6159)

Type of Award
CCC - College Credit Certificate

Program Website

Program Description
The College Credit Certificate program has been designed for those students who are currently employed in the biotechnology industry or for those who would like to pursue a biotechnology career or have a bachelors degree in another academic discipline.

The Biotechnology 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 19-credit certificate offers courses in biotechnology principles, tissue culture, instrumentation and includes an internship with local bioscience firms and institutions.

Admission Requirements
Have a standard high school diploma or GED;

Complete an Application for Admission, located at

Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

Program Length
The Biotechnology credit certificate can be completed in 18 months. The certificate includes nineteen credits in Biotechnology skills.

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.
Required Courses Credits: 15
BSC2421 Introduction to Biotechnology 3
BSC2421L Introduction to Biotechnology Lab 2
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
Electives (4 Credits Required) Credits: 4
BSC2416C Introduction to Tissue Culture Lab 2
BSC2426C Introduction to Biotechnology Instrumentation Lab 2
BSC2945C Biotechnology Internship 2
Total Program Credits: 19
All students must have the corequisites of CHM1045/L for BSC2420/L and the corequesites of CHM1046/L for BSC2427/L or complete these courses during their enrollment in the certificate.

For individualized course sequence

Employment Opportunities
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.

Gainful Employment
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.

Career Center
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