The degree is structured to allow students to develop marketable job skills while incorporating the requirements for an Associate in Applied Sciences degree. The program includes many hands on and lab-based courses, which enable students to apply what they learn in biology, microbiology, agronomy, genetics, chemistry, statistics, and molecular biology. Specific skills such as written and oral communications, critical thinking, problem-solving, computer skills and small group collaboration are an integral part of the program. Students participate in internships in cooperation with potential employers. Please check with the Biotechnology program chairperson or an advisor for additional assistance.
For more information about the Biotechnology program, please visit our website at www.go.dmacc.edu/programs/biotechnology.
Program Entry Requirements
- Complete an application for admission to the Biotechnology Program.
- Satisfy the assessment requirements.
- Attend any required information/registration session and be accepted into the Biotechnology AAS Program.
- Must submit proof of one year of high school chemistry or Academic Achievement Chemistry I & II or successful completion of CHM 122 .
- Must submit proof of two years of high school algebra or MAT 063 & MAT 073 .
To earn a Biotechnology Agronomy Concentration AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
Option 1 - Select 1 Course
Option 2 - Select 1 Course
Total Credits Required to Complete this Degree - 71*
*Total credits are calculated using the least number of credits needed to satisfy the option requirements.
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$156.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
Approximate total for program: $12,926**
**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.
What Kind of Work Will You Do?
- Record, analyze, summarize and present data.
- Properly use, calibrate and maintain laboratory equipment.
- Prepare reagents and chemicals used in the laboratory.
- Design and conduct basic laboratory experiments or processes.
- Use current technology such as gel electrophoresis, chromatography, or protein and DNA analysis for research, manufacturing or quality control processes
What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?
- Critical thinking and problem-solving.
- Good interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work effectively in groups or teams.
- Effective oral and written communication skills.
- Accuracy and attention to detail.
- A good understanding of concepts of biology, chemistry, math and computers.
- Self-motivation and ability to complete projects on time.
What Else Should I Consider about this Degree program?
- This is a competitive and rapidly changing field. You need to continually learn new things and to keep your skills up to date.
- This field requires attention to detail and an ability to recognize and solve problems.
- Some parts of the job can be very repetitive.
- There is opportunity for advancement, but it will often require additional formal education in addition to demonstrated performance as described above.
- This is a rapidly growing field with more than 1,000 biotech companies, academic institutions, state biotech centers and related organizations in all 50 U.S. states and 33 other nations searching for students trained in biotechnology (iowabio.org).
- Anticipated average starting salary $25,000-$38,000 depending on industry and position. Benefits often include: healthcare, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, competitive pay, bonus programs and retirement plans.
This Program will..
Transfer as a Biology, Biological Sciences, Microbiology or Biotechnology major to a four-year institution with a minimum loss of credits, depending on the programs available at the various colleges and universities.
Obtain a full-time or part-time position in the field of Biotechnology.
Design and conduct basic laboratory experiments.
Accurately record, analyze, summarize and present data.
Recognize and solve problems using a variety of analytical and critical thinking skills.
Present data and other information in oral, written, or graphic form.
Properly use, calibrate and maintain standard laboratory or manufacturing equipment.
Work effectively in a group or on a team.
Demonstrate the basic workplace skills of listening, writing, computing, problem-solving, interpersonal relationships and leadership.
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