Associate Degree in Biotechnology

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About This Program

Biotechnology is the use of technology and applied biology to find solutions to problems. Career and research opportunities include animal sciences, biomedical technologies, immunology, pharmaceutics and forensics, plus marine and environmental science. Students learn the fundamentals of biology and chemistry and gain an advanced understanding of related subfields such as cellular biology, genetics and microbiology. Students work with DNA, cells, enzymes and other biological agents in hands-on laboratory settings and have the opportunity to work in outside laboratories as part of a summer internship program. Graduates find employment in entry-level biotechnology positions, including jobs as manufacturing, research and lab technicians, or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.

Your Degree Courses

The Biotechnology department offers an Associate in Science degree requiring a mix of general education and hands-on courses. The following courses are a sampling of what you might take as a student in this program and are subject to change.

Program Course Sampling

  • Biotechnology with Lab
  • Biology I & II with Lab
  • Chemistry I & II with Lab
  • Genetics & Lab
  • Microbiology with Lab
  • Cell Biology
  • English Composition
  • Oral Communications
  • Introduction to Literature
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Ethical Dilemmas
  • Social Science elective

Current Major-Specific Courses Available

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Graduation Requirements

Prospective Students

If you are thinking about attending SMCC and are curious what the current program course requirements are to earn your degree, download the current SMCC Course Catalog.

Current Students

If you are a current student, your program requirements may be different than those listed for the current catalog year. To view your specific program requirements or to search and register for courses, log in to MySMCC and visit the MyDegree webpage.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively, using the language, concepts and models of biotechnology.
  • Use the scientific method to define and solve problems independently and collaboratively.
  • Use a wide variety of laboratory techniques with accuracy, precision and safety.
  • Accurately interpret scientific information.
  • Demonstrate proficient library, mathematical and computer skills in data gathering and analysis.
  • Apply scientific concepts to environmental and societal issues.

Estimated Degree Completion Time


64 credit hours are required to complete this program

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

SMCC Graduates

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