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Biotechnology Certificate Program


You can be qualified to work in the Biotech Manufacturing Industry after completing just 3 courses!

Complete Biology 190 & 190L, Biology 191, and Chemistry 100 and earn a Certificate of Proficiency in Biotechnology
Our certificate is stackable so you can also earn higher level Certificates of Achievement and an AS Degree in Biotechnology by completing other courses in the program(Click Images Below for more information)



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Biotechnology A: Basic Lab Skills - Summer 2019

  • BIOL-191-(Section# TBA): (06/17/2019-08/08/2019)
    • Lecture:  Days and Times TBA (U-85)
    • Lab: Days and Times TBA (U-85)
  • No Prerequisite! (Mathematics 080 recommended)
  • Skills include maintenance of an industry standard notebook; preparation and sterilization of solutions, reagents, and media; utilization of good aseptic technique, proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, adherence to quality control protocols, and laboratory safety regulations. Compliance with industry standards and regulations will be incorporated into course procedures.

Biotechnology courses currently offered at SCC:

Introduction to Biotechnology - Spring 2019

  • Biology 190-64443: (02/11/2019-06/05/2019)
    • Lecture: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 PM - 5:05 PM (Off Campus at EMHS Room A-4)
  • No Prerequisite!
  • Counts for SCC GE and is UC/CSU transferable!
  • Introduction to the field of biotechnology including a history of its origin and development, a survey of modern industrial applications and accomplishments, ethical considerations, and career paths.
  • This is 1 of only 3 classes needed to earn a certificate!

Introduction to Biotechnology Laboratory- Spring 2019

  • Biology 190-64444: (02/11/2019-06/05/2019)
    • Lab: Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30 PM - 7:05 PM (Off Campus at EMHS Room A-4)
  • Corequisite: Biology 190
  • Counts for SCC GE and is UC/CSU transferable!
  • Laboratory experiments emphasizing basic concepts needed for entry-level employment in the bioscience industry.
  • This is 1 of only 3 classes needed to earn a certificate!

Cellular and Molecular Biology  - Spring 2019

  • Biology 211-61225: (02/11/2019-06/09/2019)
    • Lecture: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:15 AM - 11:40 AM (E-206)
    • Lab: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30 PM - 4:40 PM (SC-130)
  • Biology 211-61224: (02/11/2019-06/09/2019)
    • Lecture: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 PM - 6:55 PM (SC-133)
    • Lab: Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:15 PM - 10:25 PM (SC-130)
  • Biology 211-68299: (02/11/2019-06/09/2019)
    • Lecture: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 PM - 6:55 PM (SC-133)
    • Lab: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 PM - 4:40 PM (SC-130)
  • Prerequisite: Mathematics 080 and Chemistry 200A or 200AH with grades of C or better
  • An investigation into the molecular and cellular basis of life, including the evolution of cells, cell structure and function, energy and information flow, cellular reproduction, genetics, and the molecular basis of inheritance.

Quality and Regulatory Compliance in Biosciences - Intersession 2019

  • BIOL-194-65086: (01/07/2019-02/03/2019)
    • On campus meetings:  Mondays (Jan 7, 14, and 28) 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (U-85)
    • Online: All other class meetings
  • No Prerequisite! (Prior completion of Bio 190 is recommended)
  • This course will cover quality assurance and regulatory compliance for the biosciences industries. Topics will span quality control and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, biomedical device and food industries. Theories and application of quality assurance and quality control will be presented and several different quality systems will be discussed such as GMP (good manufacturing practices), ISO9000 (International Standards Organization), Six Sigma and Lean.

Biotechnology courses previously offered at SCC:

Biotechnology A: Basic Lab Skills - Fall 2018

Introduction to Biotechnology - Fall 2018

Introduction to Biotechnology Laboratory- Fall 2018

Cellular and Molecular Biology  - Fall 2018

Cell Culture Techniques - Summer 2018

Introduction to Biotechnology - Spring 2018

Introduction to Biotechnology Laboratory- Spring 2018

Biotechnology C: Nucleic Acids - Spring 2018

Cellular and Molecular Biology  - Spring 2018


Contact Denise Foley (Program Coordinator) for more information.