What is Biotechnology?
Biotechnology is a group of related technologies that use biological agents in a broad spectrum of applications to provide goods and services. In only a few years, biotechnology has revolutionized many disciplines including medicine, agriculture, and environmental science. The Biotechnology Technician Program provides students of diverse backgrounds with the knowledge and skills needed to perform competently in a life sciences laboratory environment. The industry is a large and growing contributor to regional and national economic output. As such, Biotechnology is an important emerging industry that is expected to contribute dramatically to the 21st century economy and is thus an excellent career choice for students.
Program personnel seek to foster a sense of excitement for scientific discovery, teamwork, critical thinking, effective communication, and a positive attitude in students. In addition, partnerships with local industries provide students with the most current and cutting edge knowledge and techniques in the field. The program provides hands-on experience with over 100 hours spent in the laboratory, beginning in the first semester.
Students gain skills in the following areas:
DNA manipulation and analysis
Expression and purification of proteins
Cell culture techniques
Enzyme and antibody assays
Critical thinking and problem solving
Additionally, students interested in the Biotechnology Program may have a passion in the following:
A love of science and the application of science to human advancement
An inquisitive mind and logical thinking
- A desire to solve problems
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