"I recommend the biotechnology program at St. Petersburg College because it was specifically tailored
and designed from the very beginning so that students get the exact skills
that employees want. I know that if I hire graduates of SPC’s program, they will be able to perform in a lab and help me be productive." Michael Shamblott
Member of SPC’s Biotechnology Advisory Committee
Associate professor at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine
Researching cell- and drug-based therapies and treatments for Type I and II diabetes
Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Summer 2016 (515)
The requirements shown below are valid beginning Summer 2016 (515), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.
Natavia Middleton, Interim Dean, (727) 398-8288
The Associate of Science in Biotechnology degree serves primarily to directly prepare students for laboratory careers in biotechnology. In addition graduates of this program are eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Science in Biology program.
The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.
If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.
Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
Job Related Opportunities
The complete on campus program application includes the following:
a. The general college application and the $40 fee for new students at SPC.
b. Transcripts from your high school (if no college degree) and any colleges you have attended sent directly to SPC from each school.
Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Composition
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Speech
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSSocial and Behavioral Sciences
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSHumanities and Fine Arts
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEthics
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSComputer/Information Literacy Competency
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEnhanced World View
MAJOR CORE COURSES
Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, topping $500 billion a year. Nationally, employment of biological technicians is expected to grow by 5% through 2024.
In Florida, biotechnology has a large footprint, and is now home to more than 1,100 biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, who need qualified
Our A.S. degree in Biotechnology Laboratory Technology gives you the hands-on skills to join a growing field and work in laboratories as a
biological technician. In SPC's program, you will learn core biotechnical laboratory techniques, broad biology,
microbiology and chemistry concepts, algebraic and statistical analysis, biohazard and safety
procedures and human anatomy and physiology or botany.
As a biological technician, you assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories by operating and maintaining laboratory instruments, conducting and observing experiments and recording results in detail.
The starting salary in Florida is $24,421 and the average salary is $37,975.
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