Biotechnology Laboratory Sciences

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Biotechnology Laboratory Sciences Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in one of the hottest emerging fields today.
Biotechnology technicians assist in laboratory experiments and research for genetic modification used to create useful products for medicine, food, agriculture and alternative energy sources. Through Valencia's program, you'll learn the fundamentals of biotechnology while gaining hands-on experience through lab work and internship experience. The program emphasizes broad biology and chemistry concepts, basic microbiology, algebraic and statistical analysis, biohazard and safety procedures and core biotechnical laboratory techniques. College-level math is required.

Biotechnology Laboratory Sciences Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College, Orlando, Florida

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Program Overview and Degree Requirements

Courses and Details

Review course descriptions, important dates and deadlines and other program details in the official college catalog.

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Internship Program

Biotechnology Laboratory Internship Program

Employers increasingly want to see related work experience in college graduates they hire. Working with Valencia's industry-leading biotechnology partners, your internship will provide you with a valuable understanding of the field while creating a pathway to a rewarding career.

Alternative Ways To Earn Credit

Alternative Ways To Earn Credit

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Program Length

  Full-time – 2 years

  Part-time – 3 to 4 years

You want to step up. We have a path to a bachelor's.

Prepare for a supervisory or management role in your field with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business and Organizational Leadership. After completing your A.S. degree, build on your skills and expand your career opportunities by continuing your education at Valencia College and earning a bachelor's degree. We encourage you to meet with a career program advisor to create your personalized education plan.


Learn How To

Learn How To
  • Understand the biochemical properties of DNA, RNA and describe the PCR steps
  • Perform techniques relevant to biotechnology
  • Follow and demonstrate proper lab safety and documentation

Job Outlook

Job Outlook

With the rapidly growing Medical City in Lake Nona, Orlando is rising as a national leader in biotechnology and medical research. There is an expected increase in demand for skilled biotechnology lab technicians to work within the many hospitals, research companies and universities planned to open in the area.

Potential Careers

Potential Careers
  • Biological Technician
  • Cell Culture Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • DNA Fingerprinter
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Bio-Manufacturing Assistant

$28,000 - $38,000

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