The Biotechnology Laboratory Methods certificate is designed for students who currently have previous coursework or experience equivalent to the core biotechnology AAS program courses in biology and chemistry to quickly obtain additional laboratory training and update their current skills in order to broaden their job position or to obtain employment in biotechnology. The certificate includes the Biotechnology program capstone courses BIO 250 - Cell & Molec Bio-Nucleic Acids , BIO 251 - Cell & Molecular Bio-Proteins and Microbiology to provide them with more than 200 hours of hands-on lab experience, as well as Statistics to ensure graduates are able to interpret scientific data.
The certificate coursework is structured to allow students to develop marketable job skills, focusing on written and oral communications, critical thinking, problem-solving, computer skills and small-group collaboration. The hands-on laboratory work enables students to develop understanding and proficiency in the following wide variety of biotechnology laboratory methods:
||Computer Modeling of Protein Structures and Interactions
||Oil Immersion Microscopy
|Laboratory Notebooks and Documentation
||Aseptic Transfers and Inoculation
||Measure Total Protein in Food Samples
||Wet Mount and Hanging Drop Preparations
|Plant Tissue Culture
||Measure Enzyme Activity
||Staining Techniques: Simple, Negative, Gram, Acid-Fast, Capsule, Endospore, Flagella
||Test Effects of Concentrations, pH and Temperature on Enzymes
|Restriction Digestion Analysis
||Colony Morphology Analysis
||Selective Media Analysis
|Agarose Gel Electrophoresis
||Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis
||Protein Extraction & Purification
||Identification of Unknown Microorganism
|GMO Food Testing
||Analysis of Extracted Protein
||Antimicrobial Susceptibility Analysis
||Plaque Assay and Analysis
||Total Coliform Determination
|PCR Product Purification
||ELISA and Automation of ELISA’s
|Ligation into Plasmid vectors
|Clone Sequence Analysis
Please check with the program chairperson for Biotechnology or an advisor for additional information or assistance. For more information about the Biotechnology program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/biotechnology.
Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.
Students start Fall or Spring semester
To earn a Biotechnology Laboratory Methods certificate, a student must be accepted into the Biotechnology Laboratory Methods certificate program, complete all course work as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 18*
*Program total credits do not include 18 entry requirement credits.
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$174.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
Approximate total for program: $3,842**
**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 Certificate 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: training, healthcare, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, competitive pay, bonus programs and retirement plans.
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