A.S. in Biotechnology

Biotechnology involves the application of biology to develop new products and technologies to combat disease, reduce our environmental impact, provide cleaner fuel sources, improve food production, and create safer industrial processes. The Citrus College Biotechnology A.S. degree includes a mix of basic science courses and hands-on laboratory classes designed to provide essential technical training and experiences necessary to thrive in this growing industry. Students will gain the conceptual knowledge, practical skills, and confidence to obtain entry-level employment as biological technicians, manufacturing production technicians, quality control technicians, and environmental monitoring technicians in bioscience laboratories and companies. The program emphasizes work readiness skills, such as resume writing, teamwork, and communication. This degree is intended for students who wish to enter the workforce upon completion.

This degree requires meeting the Citrus College General Education and proficiency requirements combined with successful completion (grades of "C" and above) of the following major requirements:

Required courses: 1
Select either BIOT 107 or BIOT 108:
Biotechnology: Transforming Society Through Biology3
Intro to Biotechnology: Real World Biology Applications4
BIOT 110Biotechnology I: Basic Lab Skills and Documentation5
BIOT 125Quality and Regulatory Practices in Biotechnology3
BIOT 150Biotechnology II: Biomanufacturing and Quality Principles4
MATH 165Introductory Statistics 24
or MATH 165H Introductory Statistics - Honors
Select either chemistry sequence:
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry II
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
Total Units29-30

A.S. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Biotechnology A.S. Degree will:
  1. Calibrate and safely operate standard equipment and instrumentation utilized in biotechnology.
  2. Document laboratory activities, experimental data, and procedures following Good Documentation Practice (GDP).
  3. Describe the principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP), and perform tasks in accordance with these standards and established safety procedures.
  4. Explain how biotechnology tools may be applied to address societal challenges.
  5. Describe key concepts in quality and how regulatory oversight shapes the biotechnology industry.
  6. Prepare for a job interview and generate a resume appropriate for entry-level positions in biotechnology.