Math & Science Division
This program prepares graduates to work in the biotechnology industry as production
technicians. A production technician operates and maintains the equipment used to manufacture
protein pharmaceutical products. Students will grow bacterial, yeast, and mammalian cells
and recover the proteins that they produce. They will follow good manufacturing practices by
maintaining records in order to comply with quality assurance procedures and government
regulations. Students in the program must be able to adjust their time to a flexible schedule.
The Certificate of Achievement can be obtained upon completion of the 22-24 unit major with a
grade of “C” (2.0) or better in each course. The Associate in Science Degree can be obtained upon
completion of 60 units, including the major with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in each course,
general education requirements and electives.
Certificate of Achievement and Associate in Science Degree
BIOTCH 51—Principles of Biotechnology
BIOTCH 52—Business & Regulatory Practices
BIOTCH 62—Cell Culture and Protein Recovery
BIOTCH 63—Biotechnology Instrumentation: Quality
Control & Genetic Engineering
BIOSC 14—Principles of Microbiology (4 units)
BIOSC 2—Principles of Cell and
Molecular Biology (5 units)
CHEM 10—Intermediate Chemistry (4 units)
CHEM 1—General Chemistry (5 units)
NOTE: Prior knowledge and use of computers is advised
including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
The Certificate of Achievement can be obtained upon completing the courses listed
below. This certificate prepares workers to directly enter the biotechnology industry by
giving them the trade specific knowledge and skills required to become an employee in a
biotechnology company. An Associate in Science Degree is not available with this option.
Certificate of Achievement Only