Application Requirements

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Biotechnology Application

To secure a spot in the program, students must apply by the beginning of the fall semester to avoid program removal. The application is non-competitive and serves solely for advising purposes. Please download the Biotechnology Program Application. If you choose to enroll in Biotechnology at NOVA, complete the application and email it to Dr. Xin Zhou at

Application Process for Entering the Biotech Curriculum

Students wishing to enroll in the A.A.S. in Biotechnology degree should proceed through the following steps for admission, starting at least one semester before when they want to enroll in the program:

  1. Schedule an advising appointment with a Biotech Program Head. This can be completed before or after steps 2-4. Students are encouraged to seek information very early in the process.
  2. Apply to NOVA. Students may choose to enroll in the A.S. in General Studies degree before their acceptance into the program.
  3. Take the college placement test for English and Mathematics in one of the College's Testing Centers (located on each campus).
  4. Complete the Pre-admission requirements for the program. Students applying to the A.A.S. degree must have documentation of the following:
    • Placement into college-level English (ENG111)
    • Placement into MTH161 or higher
    • Completion of BIO101 with "C" or better.
    Students currently enrolled in BIO101 may apply to the program and be admitted on a provisional basis until their final grade is submitted. If a student has taken BIO101 or any of the course requirements at another institution, they must submit official transcripts and, if applicable, foreign transcripts and submit a formal evaluation of the courses/degree. They must then fill out the appropriate form for them to be entered into the student's academic record.
  5. Apply to the program by emailing an application form to the Biotech Program Head. An advising session will be scheduled if not already completed. Students will be notified within 2 – 4 weeks as to whether they have been accepted or not.

  1. Pre-Admission Requirements:
    • Complete all pre-admission requirements as detailed in the previous section. These include advising with a Biotech Program Head, application to NOVA, college placement tests, and completion of specific coursework such as English, Mathematics, and BIO101.
  2. Application Period:
    • Applications for the Career Studies Certificate will only be accepted from students enrolling in the Fall Semester (August 20th). Ensure timely submission within this period.
  3. Educational Requirement:
    • Have successfully completed a college degree, specifically an Associate of Science degree or higher. For international students, documentation of the U.S. equivalent to an Associate Degree is required.
  4. Guidance for Non-Science Degree Holders:
    • Students without a science degree are strongly encouraged to consider completing the A.A.S. in Biotechnology rather than pursuing the Career Studies Certificate.