Biotechnology is a field of applied biology that involves using living organisms to make or improve products. Through a combination of lab experiences and classroom lectures, FVCC’s certificate program offers a two-semester academic path for students interested in obtaining entry-level positions in the biosciences industry.
Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary science that incorporates elements of biology, chemistry, engineering, physics and mathematics. Students who enter this field will find many challenging career opportunities and the potential to develop new products aimed at solving some of society’s urgent problems.
FVCC’s Biotechnology Certificate of Technology can be completed in two semesters.
Biotechnology is a rapidly expanding field with applications in several major industries, including health care, agriculture and environmental.
The Biotechnology program offers hands-on, competency-based instruction to prepare students for entry-level positions in the biosciences industry. Students completing this program will be prepared to take the Biosciences Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE), an industry-recognized credential. Courses in the Biotechnology CTS program can be used toward the completion an Associate of Science transfer degree, allowing students to pursue both concurrently. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Perform biotechnology laboratory skills and use biotechnology laboratory equipment;
- Apply mathematics in the biotechnology laboratory;
- Exhibit appropriate workplace safety and behavior in the biotechnology laboratory; and
- Complete the Biosciences Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE).