Associate Degree Program
Biotechnology provides a career path for students with an interest in science and how things work. This option is designed for students who intend to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program after graduation.
Biotechnology is the use of living organisms or biological systems to create or modify products or processes. Using yeast to make bread or beer is an application of biotechnology that dates back thousands of years. More modern examples include DNA fingerprinting, developing strains of pest-resistant crops, producing specialized medicines, and altering bacteria for industrial waste cleanup. When you select the biotechnology/biological sciences option, you will acquire a strong foundation of knowledge and skills that enables you to perform complex laboratory procedures and analyze data for research and testing purposes.
The curriculum includes four semesters of science, math, computer, and core courses with a focus on preparation for transfer to a four-year institution.
This program is offered at the Georgetown and Stanton campuses.
What You Can Do
In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for positions such as:
- Transfer to University of Delaware or Delaware State University or other four-year institution
- Industrial laboratories
- Public health laboratories
- Research laboratories
- Biotechnician for a variety of laboratory settings
What You Will Earn
Competitive starting salaries range from $25,000 - $31,000.
What You Will Learn
Program Graduate Competencies
The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.
- Apply knowledge of the theories and principles of biology and biotechnology.
- Employ good laboratory practices (GLP) and safety guidelines to conduct common laboratory operations.
- Employ standard laboratory documentation practices for data management and laboratory notebooks.
- Utilize chemical principles and apply mathematics in the preparation of laboratory solutions.
- Analyze samples by common quantitative and qualitative techniques.
- Perform separation techniques on biological samples and interpret results.
- Perform laboratory techniques used in microbiology, immunology and biotechnology.
- Apply calculus in the solution of problems.
- Demonstrate professional behavior and communication skills.
Core Curriculum Competencies
The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.
- Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
- Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
- Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
- Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
- Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
- Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.
Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree?
This is a Connected Degree, an agreement with another institution in order to offer graduates a smooth transition into a four-year degree program.