Biological Technician Associate in Science Degree


The Biological Technician Associate in Science Degree is designed for students who wish to obtain the skills required to gain employment in bioscience and biotechnology industries, as well as for incumbent workers seeking career opportunities. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible to obtain employment as laboratory assistants, biomanufacturing technicians, or research and development technicians. A grade of C or better is required in each course. This degree requires 29-34 units in the major, in addition to other graduation requirements.

Required Courses (21-22 units)
BIOL 191 F Biotechnology A - Basic Laboratory Skills4
BIOL 192 F Biotechnology B - Protein Biochemistry4
BIOL 194 F Quality and Regulatory Compliance in the Biosciences2
BIOL 196 F Tissue Culture Methods2
CHEM 111AFGeneral Chemistry I5
MATH 120 F Introductory Probability and Statistics4-5
or MATH 120HF Honors Introductory Probability and Statistics
or MATH 121 F Introductory Probability and Statistics with Support
Restricted Electives (8-12 units)8-12
Genetics and Biotechnology in Society3
Introduction to Biotechnology3
Introduction to Biotechnology Lab1
Biotechnology C - Molecular Biology4
Cell and Molecular Biology4
General Chemistry II5
General Microbiology5
Total Units29-34

Outcome 1: Demonstrate the ability to use standard equipment, materials, and techniques employed in industry and university laboratories based in biological science and biotechnology.

Outcome 2: Demonstrate good observational skills and the ability to follow complex protocols, use laboratory math quickly and accurately, interpret experimental results accurately, troubleshoot experimental mistakes, and maintain a detailed laboratory notebook.