Biotechnology, Certificate of Specialization

Biotechnology, Certificate of Specialization

Florissant Valley

Biotechnology is applied biology of cells and their products. The biotechnology classes in this program provide introductory knowledge and skills in life science industry settings. 

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Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

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At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. \\n prepare written and oral scientific communications that describe detailed experimental procedures and that clearly explain results and conclusions.
  2. maintains a laboratory notebook that follows Good Documentation Practices from which data analysis, project decisions, and successive experimental designs are readily derived or achieved.
  3. use the foundational concepts of molecular and cellular biology focusing on information flow from DNA to protein and inheritance of genetic information from parent to offspring, to the application of recombinant DNA technology techniques.
  4. use of good laboratory practices including but not limited to timely documentation of experiments, maintaining an organized and clean workspace, and use of proper Personal Protective Equipment.
  5. demonstrate growth in personal and professional responsibility including the ability to work effectively in a team setting.
  6. design experiments using basic molecular biology methodologies with proper controls and anticipated results defined.
  7. perform experiments using basic molecular biology methodologies such as separation of macromolecules through electrophoretic techniques, polymerase chain reaction, cell culture, recombinant DNA techniques and protein expression/purification.
  8. assess the contributions of biotechnology to advances in the fields of agriculture and human health.
BIO 104Basic Laboratory Methods for Biotechnology3
BIO 219Biotechnology I5
BIO 220Biotechnology II5
BIO 226Advanced Topics in Biotechnology (two sections required)3
BIO 226Advanced Topics in Biotechnology (two sections required)3
Total Credit Hours19