Biotechnology

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Launch Your Career in Biotechnology

Launch your career with a comprehensive foundation in Biotechnology, equipping you for diverse roles and future success.

AVAILABLE PROGRAMS

Associate Degree in Biotechnology

This program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in entry-level positions at biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies as laboratory, research, or manufacturing technicians. Coursework will 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.

Length
Two Years
Credits
64
Locations
Manassas
Curriculum Details

Biotechnology Lab Technician Career Studies Certificate

This Career Studies Certificate (CSC) 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 career changers who already have a bachelor's degree, scientists who were trained in foreign countries who need updated training, current A.S. in Science students who want to obtain a core of biotechnology courses and/or find a job in local industry while they complete their undergraduate degrees, and high school teachers who wish to refine their own biotechnology skills and obtain the required retraining necessary for continued teacher certification.

Length
One Year
Credits
24
Locations
Manassas
Curriculum Details

Why Biotechnology at NOVA?

NSF Supported

Funded by the NSF's NOBLE Project for Biotechnology Leadership in Education, this program equips students with hands-on lab skills to prepare them for entry-level positions in biotech and related industries.

Comprehensive Coursework

Covers fundamental principles of biology and chemistry, with emphasis on lab techniques such as DNA purification, electrophoresis, and quality control.

Internship Preparation

The program provides instruction on preparing resumes and cover letters, developing interpersonal skills, and understanding workplace culture for the required internship.

Program Details

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.

Accreditations

Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree in accounting and accounting certificates.

Biotechnology Program Career Outcomes

NOVA Biotechnology program AAS degree recipients are prepared to enter biotechnology and related industries as laboratory, research, or manufacturing technicians, among other positions. Students receiving the Career Studies Certificate may enter the field at the assistant or associate scientist levels.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.

Transferring

Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

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