Biotech Program FAQ

What do Employees of Biotechnology Companies Do?

Biotechnologists Make Many Contributions...

To Medicine
Create new vaccines, drugs and diagnostic tests
Find gene therapies
Engineer new tissues
To Agriculture
Make Better Crops
Breed Better Animals
To Industry
Process Food
Brew beer & wine
To Law Enforcement
DNA analysis
Analyze evidence
To The Environment
Use microbes to clean oil spills and toxic wastes
Produce fuel from plants

What will I be able to do if I take these classes?

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Assist research scientists in the laboratory.
  • Perform technical procedures such as cell counting, solution and media preparation, DNA extraction and characterization, electrophoresis, cloning, polymerase chain reaction, ELISA and other immunology techniques, maintenance of cell lines, transfection, fermentation, protein isolation and purification.
  • Follow safety protocols
  • Apply knowledge of theory and techniques to troubleshoot experiments.
  • Analyze and display data using computer technology.

How do I plan a career in Biotechnology?

Career planning is an important step toward academic success and career satisfaction. Career planning helps students match skills, values, interests and experiences with appropriate careers. Professional advisors and counselors can provide up-to-date career information and decision-making strategies.

For free advice contact Dr. Sandra Slivka at 619-388-7490 or by email at