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Biotechnology Laboratory Technology A.S. Degree

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  • Tailored to meet local employer needs

    Michael Shamblott"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

  • Biotechnology Laboratory Technology
    Associate in Science


    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.

    Program Leadership Information

    Natavia Middleton, Dean, (727) 398-8288

    Program Summary

    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.

    Florida CIP Code


    Federal CIP Code

    41.0101: Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician.

    Job Related Opportunities

    • An AS in biotechnology will prepare graduates to work safely and effectively in laboratories that utilize biotechnology and may lead to a career as a laboratory technician in academic, commercial and associated science laboratories.
    • The degree can also prepare students to enter the BS in Biology program.

    Admission Rules

    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.

    Graduation Rules

    Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

    Communications - Composition

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    Humanities and Fine Arts

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    Computer/Information Literacy Competency

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

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    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

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    MAC 1105College Algebra3


    CHM 2045General Chemistry I3
    CHM 2045LGeneral Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis Laboratory I1
    BSC 2420Introduction to Biotechnology3
    BSC 2426CBiotechnology Methods I3
    BSC 2427CBiotechnology Methods II3
    BSC 2435Bioinformatics3
    MCB 2010Microbiology3
    MCB 2010LMicrobiology Laboratory1
    BSC 2419CPlant and Animal Cell Culture4
    BSC 2847Scientific Communication for Biotechnology2
    PCB 2061Applied Genetics2
    BSC 2931Biotechnology Capstone1
    BSC 2940Biology Internship3
    CHM 2046General Chemistry II3
    CHM 2046LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory II1
    BSC 2010Biology I Cellular Processes3
    BSC 2010LBiology I Cellular Processes Laboratory1
    BSC 2461Introduction to Biotechnology Model Systems3
    Total Credits61
  • Join a growing field

    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 technicians.

    Preparing you for the workforce

    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.

    What you will do

    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.

  • Job Opportunities

    • Clinical research
    • Pharmaceutical companies
    • Biotechnology and biomanufacturing firms
    • Forensic investigation
    • Environmental improvement and protection
    • Agricultural product enhancement

    Skills that biotechnology employers are looking for

    • Top three technical skills
      • Hands-on experience
      • Basic understanding of research design and implementation
      • Basic animal handling
    • Top three soft skills
      • Written and oral communication
      • Self motivation
      • critical thinking
    • Key duties for the workforce
      • lab maintenance
      • lab preparation and organization
      • budget management


    The starting salary in Florida is $24,421 and the average salary is $37,975.