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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Innovating Futures: Biotechnology @ SCC

Biotech is booming and there's no better way to get in on the explosion of jobs than with a certificate in Biotechnology from Santiago Canyon College. In just three classes, you could be certified and ready for an entry-level position in this rapidly growing field!

Home to 4,600 companies that employ over 128,000 people in the life sciences sector, the Los Angeles/Orange County region is a hotbed of biotechnology activity. With average Orange County salaries topping $86,000* annually, it's no wonder that students are charging towards this challenging and fulfilling sector.

To serve this need, SCC offers a range of opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience working in the field of biotechnology. The Biotechnology Lab Assistant Certificate of Proficiency provides the basic skills necessary for a student to secure an entry-level position in this Future BUILT field.

Because this certificate is “stackable," students have the option of taking additional classes and obtaining even higher levels of certification with the Biotechnology Technician and Biotechnology Biomanufacturing Technician Certificates of Achievement.

A mixture of skills-intensive courses and more traditional biology and chemistry curriculum, these certificates also provide a bridge to obtaining an Associate of Science in Biotechnology, which offers two areas of emphasis: general and food safety.

Additionally, successful students in these programs gain access to internships and entry-level job placement through OC Biotech Education, a regional partnership designed to improve educational opportunities and job placement within the OC biotechnology industry.

If you're looking for a high-powered degree in a high-paying field, a certificate in biotech might be just what the doctor ordered!​

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​​​​​​​Yes! Santiago Canyon College’s tuition rates are affordable and competitive, providing one of Orange County’s best higher education values. Click Here to learn more about the cost of attending SCC.

​​​​​​Your Career Education degree or certificate opens doors to bigger paychecks, broader opportunities, and more!

  • Biological Technician - $48,690
  • Food Science Technician - $41,940
  • Quality Control Analyst - $50,180
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist - $55,000
  • Agricultural Technician - $41,940
  • Chemical Technician - $43,370
  • Biochemist - $94,570
  • Biochemical Engineer - $107,150
  • Molecular Biologist - $83,660

​​​​​​​​​Santiago Canyon College’s Biotechnology department offers one Associate degree and four certificates.​

  • Associate in Science (A.S.): Biotechnology
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Biomanufacturing Technician
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): Lab Technician, Food Safety
  • Certificate of Achievement (CoA): General Biotechnology Technician
  • Certificate of Proficiency (CoP): Biotechnology Lab Assistant

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​​​​​​​Denise Foley
Department Co-Chair
(714) 628–4920

Mark Smith
Department Co-Chair
(714)​ 628-4959​

Mike Taylor
(714)​ 628-4942​

Anson Lui
(714)​ 628-5060​

Kimberly Johnson
(714)​ 628-4845

Sandra Sanchez
(714)​ 628-5082

Navanjot Batth
(714)​ 628-5921

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Average Salary In This Field

$41,940 -

Per Year

Potential Careers

Biological Technician
Chemical Technician

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Phone: (714) 628-4883

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