Career Studies Certificate††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LO, MA


Purpose:This Career Studies Certificate is designed for persons wishing to enhance their employment options or retrain for a career as a laboratory technician in various biotechnology disciplines.Students interested in this certificate may include:†† a) career changers who already have a bachelorís degree,b) scientists who were trained in foreign countries who need updated training, c) current A.S. in Science students who want to obtain a core of biotech courses and/or find a job in local industry while they complete their undergraduate degrees, and d) high school teachers who wish to refine their own biotechnology skills and obtain the required re-training necessary for continued teacher certification.


Prerequisites:Because jobs in biotechnology generally require at least an associateís degree, students must already have a 2 or 4 year college degree, be enrolled in the Science A.S., or obtain permission from the Biotechnology Program Coordinator in order to be placed into this program.BIO 101 General Biology I is a prerequisite of all of the biotechnology courses in this program.



One Year ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Credits

1st Semester

BIO†††††††††† 180 Introduction to Careers in Biotechnology†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 1

BIO††††††††††† 205 Microbiology or BIO 206 Cell Biology††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4

BIO††††††††††† 250 Biotechnology Research Methods and Skills††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3

BIO††††††††††† 253 Biotechnology Concepts††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3

††††††††††††† Total ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 11


2nd Semester

1ENG/CSTElective††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3

BIO†††††††††† 165 Principles in Regulatory and Quality Environments for †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2

†††††††††††††††† Biotechnology

BIO††††††††††† 251 Protein Applications in Biotechnology or

BIO †††††††††† 252 Nucleic Acid Methods††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 4

BIO††††††††††† 254 Capstone Seminar in Biotechnology†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2

††††††††††††† Total ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 11


3rd Semester

2BIO††††††††† 290 Coordinated Internship in Biotechnology†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 2


Total credits for the Biotechnology Lab Technician Career Studies Certificate = 24


All first-time students must take a one-credit Student Development (SDV) course prior to enrolling in their 16th credit at NOVA.


1 Students can choose from the following courses: CST 100 (Principles of Public Speaking) CST 110 (Introduction to Communication), CST 227 (Business and Professional Communication), ENG 115 (Technical Writing, ENG 131 (Technical Report Writing I)


2 Students must be approved by the biotechnology program coordinator for an internship.Criteria for approval include successful completion of biotechnology courses (including a demonstrated proficiency of basic lab skills), a professional work ethic, and an ability to work well with others.