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Start Your Biotechnology Career at Santiago Canyon College

​Santiago Canyon College (SCC) offers a range of opportunities for students to gain hands-on learning activities in the fast-growing field of biotechnology. With as little as three classes, you can be prepared for an entry-level position in this burgeoning field. Biotechnology utilizes cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that improve our lives and the health of our planet.

The biotechnology field has been booming throughout Southern California, which is home to over 1,300 companies that employ over 48,000 people in the life science sector. The average earnings of these jobs is $86,000 annually. One of the reasons for this growth has been large pharmaceutical companies seeking the next high-demand drug coupled with an aging population dealing with numerous chronic disorders.

For more information about SCC’s Biotechnology Program and its three stackable certificates and its specialty certificate, contact Denise Foley at or (714) 628-4920.



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Take BIO 190/190L* (Intro to Biotechnology)

if you are interested in:

  • Cutting edge science and needing GE credit
  • Pursuing a Biotechnology Certificate
  • Exploring the field of Biology

Take BIO 191* (Biotech A: Basic Lab Skills)

if you are interested in:

  • Learning lab skills to help you excel in all science labs
  • Obtaining an entry level job in a laboratory environment
  • Obtaining a position in a university research lab
*Take the above classes PLUS Chem 100 (Intro to Chemistry) and earn a certificate in Biotechnology AND earn the privilege of accessing help with internships or entry level job placement in the OC Biotech industry!

Want to see more classes and information on the different certificates available? Check out the Biology Department page by clicking here.

Wages for some entry-level Biotechnology occupations in California


Occupation:Median Hourly Earnings:
​Manufacturing Production Technicians
​Biological Technicians
​Chemical Technicians
​Quality Control Analysts
​Medical and Clinical Lab Technicians
​Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, Weighers


Source: EMSI



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