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Biotechnology (A.A.S)

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A.A.S. Degree

Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Biotechnology focuses on basic laboratory skills and instrumentation used in pharmaceutical, industrial, and agricultural research. The program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in the Biotechnology industry.

Nanofabrication Option

The Nanofabrication option combines a one credit course, Introduction to Nanofabrication, with a fifth semester at the Nanofabrication Facility at Penn State’s Research Park, on the University Park campus in State College.

Career Opportunities

  • Research Technician
  • Food Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Technician
  • Industrial Biotech Lab Technician
  • Agriculture Lab Technician

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).
  2. Identify critical components of manufacturing safety data sheets.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of quality assurance and quality control.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency with basic laboratory skills associated with Biotechnology.
  5. Operate current Biotechnology instrumentation.
  6. Apply basic statistical analysis to scientific data.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Applied Science degree, students must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements, including General Education Core and Technical Core.

Credit hours: 35

Typical Sequence of Courses

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