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Biological Technology

Biological Technology Certificate Program
at Pasadena City College

Certificates of Biological Technology Program

The curriculum prepares students to work in entry level positions in the field of biotechnology in high-tech industry and institutions. This is an interdisciplinary program including courses and practical training in math, chemistry, biology, computer skills and English. This program is on practical laboratory skills combined with training in quality assurance and quality control in a working laboratory setting. Students are kept informed on current advances in biotechnology by speakers from industry, internet assignments and tours of local biotech facilities. This program offers classroom instruction plus supervised work experience in biotechnology industry. Students must be willing to spend a considerable amount of time working on long term projects and participating in outreach programs to the community. Employment opportunities include: biomedical industry, academic research labs, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food science labs, genetic engineering labs. A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Requirements for admissions to the Biological Technology Program are:

  1. Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent with a 2.0 grade point average.
  2. Completed application for admission to the program.
  3. A 2.0 grade point average in all college level work.
  4. Successful completion of Chemistry 1A* (*Not required for option.)

Certificates of Achievement in:

BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY
The curriculum prepares students to work in entry level positions in the field of biotechnology in high-tech industry and institutions.

BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY
This curriculum provides interdisciplinary skills required to seek employment at an entry level in performing data acquisition, management, and analysis in laboratory environments.

BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - LABORATORY ASSISTANT OPTION
The curriculum prepares students to work in entry level positions in the field of biotechnology where a biology or chemistry degree is not required.

BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - LABORATORY SKILLS
The curriculum prepares students to work in entry level positions in the field of biotechnology in high-tech industry and institutions.

BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - STEM CELL CULTURE
The curriculum prepares students to work in entry level positions in the field of cell culture including stem cell culture.

Recommended preparation:

Computer literacy
Math 131 is also needed for certificates above.