Biotechnology - Riverland


A biotechnology Associate of Science (AS) degree is a two-year undergraduate program that provides students with a foundational education in the principles and techniques of biotechnology. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in the biotechnology industry, including pharmaceutical and medical device companies, bioresearch organizations, and biomanufacturing facilities.

A typical biotechnology AS degree program covers topics such as general biology,  microbiology, and chemistry, as well as laboratory techniques and safety procedures. Students may also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through laboratory courses, internships, and research projects.

In addition to providing a strong scientific foundation, a biotechnology AS degree program may also include courses in business and communication, allowing students to develop the technical writing, presentation, and project management skills necessary for success in the biotechnology industry.

Upon completion of a biotechnology AS degree program, graduates are typically qualified for entry-level positions in the biotechnology industry, such as laboratory technicians, research assistants, or quality control specialists. Some graduates may also choose to continue their education and pursue a bachelor's degree in biotechnology or a related field.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of medical and clinical laboratory technicians is projected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is expected to be driven by the increasing use of laboratory tests in disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as advances in medical technology and the development of new medical treatments.

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Last Updated: May 3, 2017

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  • Associate of Science
  • 60 Credits | Four Semesters
  • Location: Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, Online Course(s)
  • Offering: Fall

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