What will I learn in this program?

The two-year Associate of Science Degree in Biotechnology offers specialized training for entry-level positions as biotechnicians engaged in research, design, manufacturing, operation, maintenance, testing, or sales related to this field.  Specialization is offered from the second through the fourth semester of course work and can lead to a certificate of accomplishment concurrently.  Training in the first year is designed to provide students with a sound working knowledge of applied principles of mathematics, chemistry and biology and introductory biotechnology.  In the second year, students complete more advanced courses in biotechnology.  Students who complete the curriculum satisfactorily are qualified for positions as quality control, research and development, and bio-manufacturing technicians in hundreds of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the Bay Area.  Besides preparing student who complete this curriculum for careers in the biotechnology industry, students can also transfer to universities to pursue a BS degree, most likely in industrial technology with a focus on biotechnology.

The Certificate of Accomplishment in Biotechnology will prepare students to work at a biotech company as a technician in quality control, research and development, or biomanufacturing.  The biotechnology certificate is designed for students that have earned the biomanufacturing certificate or have a strong grasp of algebra, biology and chemistry from previous academic or work experience.

 What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay? What “demand” is expected for these jobs?


Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

Biological Engineers


Faster than Average Growth

Environmental Science and Protection technicians




Faster than Average Growth

Mechanical Engineering Technicians



Faster than Average Growth

Biological Scientists


Faster than Average Growth


Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

Completion of the Biomanufacturing Certificate or a strong grasp of algebra, biology, and Chemistry from previous academic or work experience or one semester of elementary algebra (Math 840 or ET 108B) or completion of a higher level Math class; two semesters of Chemistry (CHEM 32, 40); one semester of Biology (BIO 11).

Does this program have any special costs?


How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

Certificate of Accomplishment in Biotechnology

2 Years

Award of Achievement in Biotechnology

2 Years

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

Department website:

Department contact information:
Engineering Department, Science Building, Room 148
(415) 239-3505

Program coordinator information:
Edie Kaeuper
(415) 239-3627
Office location: Science Building, Room 254