Biotechnology Program Details

If you want to work in a professional environment in a very exciting field of science then you should seriously consider a degree in Biotechnology.

A Liberal Arts Associate in Science Degree and the Biotechnology Laboratory Methods Certificate will prepare you for work in a laboratory position in a variety of companies and research institutions in Iowa and throughout the United States. Complete the Liberal Arts AS degree choosing the Biotechnology Laboratory Methods Certificate classes as electives based on the semester plan.

The DMACC Liberal Arts Associate in Science Degree and the Biotechnology Certificate is also transferable to a four-year college or university so you can continue your science education in the field of your choice.

A DMACC Biotechnology Certificate as a part of the DMACC AS plus Certificate degree or as an addition to your previous coursework and experience will assist you in finding a career in cutting edge research in this fast growing and exciting scientific frontier or be an important link in the production of extremely important medical and industrial products!

Program Entry Requirements

To enter the Biotechnology Program, you must:

  • fill out an application,
  • satisfy the assessment requirement, and
  • attend any required information/registration sessions necessary to be admitted to DMACC.

You should also have completed one year of high school biology and chemistry or the DMACC equivalents, two years of high school algebra or the DMACC equivalents, and demonstrated satisfactory writing skills.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a Liberal Arts Associate in Science Degree with Biotechnology Laboratory Methods Certificate, you must complete the required curriculum with a 2.0 GPA.

The Biotechnology Program includes three degree options:

Associate of Science - Biotechnology Concentration​​​

Students completing this degree pathway are award​ed both a transferable Associate of Science Degree and the Biotechnology Laboratory Methods Certificate providing employable, hands-on skills. This is the best combination if you want to:

  • Transfer directly into a wide range of 4-year degree biological science majors, or
  • Start a career in the biological sciences now with the option to easily continue their education in the future.

Biotechnology Laboratory Methods Certificate

The Biotechnology Laboratory Methods Certificate alongside the Liberal Arts AS Degree, will provide you with the latest information and skills needed to function more effectively in your job or to update your skills for employment possibilities. It will provide you and an employer with evidence of your continued education in a specific education in a specific occupational area.

The Biotechnology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree has concentrations if you plan to start a specific type of biotech career immediately after graduation.

AAS Degree Options

If you wish to complete the Liberal Arts Associate in Science (AS) transfer degree, complete the following recommended biology and chemistry courses.

Course Number Course Title Credits
BIO 104* Introductory Biology w/Lab 3
BIO 112 General Biology 4
BIO 113 General Biology II 4
BIO 146 Genetics 3
BIO 186 Microbiology 4
BIO 249 Biotechnology Internship 2-3
BIO 250 Cell & Molecular Biology - Nucleic Acids   5
BIO 251 Cell & Molecular Biology - Proteins 5
CHM 165 General/Inorganic Chemistry I 4
CHM 175 General/Inorganic Chemistry II 4

*Or any core biology course  (BIO 156, BIO 164, BIO 168)


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