About Us

How does this program differ from other programs?

The Biotechnology program provides unparalleled opportunities for hands-on laboratory work at the Associate’s level. Most courses include very little lecture, but a great deal of experimentation. Our partners at Utah Valley University (UVU) offer a Bachelor’s degree that builds directly off SLCC's Biotechnology degree. UVU even offers all the required courses for the Biotech Bachelor’s on SLCC’s campuses, so students don’t have to travel to Orem. Biotechnology courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate working students.

What are the credentials of the faculty & staff?

All faculty and many of the departmental staff have Ph.D or Master's degrees and come with direct experience in industry or academic research laboratories. Faculty and staff work closely in small groups with students to help them advance in their educational and career goals.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The Biotechnology Associate’s degree programs can be completed in four semesters of full time study.

Award**Credit HoursSemesters (full-time)
Biotech AS 60 4
Biotech AAS 64 4

How much will the program cost?

Regular Tuition SLCC's tuition schedule
Books $300 - $700* * Cost range is for entire length of program, dependent on courses taken. No BTEC courses require purchase of books.
Lab Fee $25

Is this program for me?

Working in a scientific field is a rewarding and mentally challenging. Those wishing to make a career of this work should be adequately prepared. Preparation should include course work at the high school level or work experience that includes the following:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Algebra
  • Advanced reading

National surveys of life science companies have revealed that the following traits, characteristics, and behaviors are highly desirable for success in life science jobs:

  • ability to follow directions
  • ability to take constructive criticism
  • ability to handle stress
  • accountability
  • attention to detail
  • "big picture" perspective
  • consistency/appreciation for structure
  • dependability
  • good judgment
  • hard working
  • integrity
  • mechanical aptitude
  • motivated/takes initiative
  • organized
  • positive attitude
  • preciseness/meticulousness
  • problem-solving ability
  • professional/respectful
  • resourcefulness
  • sense of humor
  • self-critical
  • team player

Where will I be able to work & how much can I make?

There are many career opportunities in biotechnology, which continues to grow with the industry. A Biotechnology degree may lead to employment in a variety of areas including:

  • medicine
  • agriculture
  • forensics
  • medical devices
  • environmental science

Entry-level salaries with an Associate's degree range from $24,000-$35,000. The Associates degree is an excellent platform for continuing study that can lead to bachelor's, professional, and graduate level degree programs. The typical pay for these jobs start in the range of $10-14 per hour + benefits, depending on the course of study, the level of education completed and the industry sector chosen

What are the facilities & equipment like?

The facilities on the Jordan campus are second to none. The laboratory environment is designed to function as an industry standard research facility. Equipment includes high end analytical instrumentation such as HPLC, FPLC, real-time PCR, robotics, a cell culture facility, and more.

What Biotechnology companies are there in Utah?

  • Aciont
  • Activatek
  • AlloCure
  • Amedica
  • American Biotech Labs
  • Amirsys
  • Aribex
  • Arup Laboratories
  • Axial Biotech
  • Bard Access Systems
  • BC Technical
  • BD Medical
  • BioMeridian
  • BioMicro Systems
  • Boston Scientific
  • BSD Medical Corporation
  • Bunnel
  • CardioRisk Laboratories
  • Catheter
  • Connections
  • Cephalon
  • Ceramatec
  • Chemtech-Ford
  • Coherex Medical
  • Control Medical
  • DataChem Laboratories
  • Diamicron Corporation
  • Dynatronics
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • Frost Biologic
  • Glycomira
  • Glycosan Biosystems
  • Grant Life Sciences
  • Great Basin Scientific
  • Healthways
  • Holorad
  • Idaho Technology
  • Inflabloc Pharmaceuticals
  • inthinc
  • Invectus Biomedical
  • Intermountain Biomedical Association
  • Juneau Biosciences
  • Larada Sciences
  • Lifetree Clinical
  • LineaGen
  • Lipocine
  • LSK BioPartners
  • Maxtec
  • Medsource
  • Megadyne Medical Products
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Merit Medical
  • MIPSolutions
  • Myriad Genetics
  • Nanopartz
  • Nelson Laboratories
  • NeuroTraq
  • NovaRad Corporation
  • Numira Biosciences
  • OmniLytics
  • Paradigm Medical
  • Pfizer

Where will classes be held?

The Biotechnology Program is located in the Jordan Applied Technology Center and in the Health Sciences Building on the SLCC Jordan Campus.