About The Program

Supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) called the Northern Virginia Biotechnology Leadership in Education (NOBLE) Project, this program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for entry-level employment in biotechnology and related industries. Coursework will help students develop an understanding of basic scientific principles in biology and chemistry and will emphasize laboratory techniques and procedures such as solution and media preparation, DNA purification and analysis, electrophoresis, chromatography, maintenance of cells in culture, and quality control techniques. In preparation for the required internship, the program provides students with instruction on resume and cover letter preparation, interpersonal skills, and workplace culture.

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Program Degrees and Certificates

Program Details

The faculty and staff of the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Biotechnology Program are excited to have you join our program. We actively seek guidance from an Advisory Committee selected from local biotechnology industry and transfer institutions and strive to ensure the education and training you receive from the NOVA Biotechnology Program is cutting edge and relevant in the current job market.

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Alexandria Campus
David Fernandez

Annandale Campus
Todd Tupper 

Loudoun Campus
Mitra Jahangeri

Manassas Campus
Xin Zhou

Woodbridge Campus
Vasanthi Krishnan