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Biotechnology Department

Watch a video about the Ohlone Biotechnology Programs featuring interviews of faculty, students, company and government representatives.

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Three Successful Pathways is a 12-minute video featuring three exemplary Biotechnology graduates with diverse pathways yet one common goal: a biotechnology education at Ohlone College.

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In California, the majority of biotech companies are in the pharmaceutical industry - producing medicines to help patients with AIDS, strokes, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. Techniques of biotechnology are also used in agriculture, industrial applications, forensics, mining, environmental cleanup and other industries. The San Francisco Bay Area has a heavy concentration of biotech companies.

“Ohlone’s biotech program is one of the best in the nation.”
Dr. Elaine Johnson, National Director, BioLink.

Ohlone’s Biotechnology A.S. Degree and Biotechnology Certificates provide students with an excellent preparation in various protocols and hands-on laboratory skills used in many biotech, bioscience and medical device companies. A goal of this program is to prepare students for entry-level positions.

Biotechnology Degree and Certificates

View the Biotechnology Degrees and Certificates brochure (PDF).

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Biotechnology, A.S. Degree (PDF) - Designed to train students in the methods and techniques used in biotechnology. Courses in this program train students in standard biotechnology laboratory techniques and record keeping. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in bio- manufacturing and pharmomanufacturing positions.

Certificates of Achievement

  • Biotechnology: Bio-Manufacturing Certificate of Achievement (PDF) - Provides students with an excellent preparation in various protocols and hands-on laboratory skills used in many biotechnology companies. A goal of the program is to prepare students for entry-level positions in biotech and pharmaceutical companies. This certificate prepares students as laboratory research assistants and bio- manufacturing technicians. It provides excellent preparation in laboratory skills used in entry-level positions at many biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Biotechnology: Biostatistics Certificate of Achievement (PDF) - Designed to train students in methods and techniques used in biotechnology statistical analysis. Courses in this program train students in DNA and protein laboratory techniques and assays, laboratory record keeping, sterile techniques, and mathematical analysis of laboratory outcomes. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in bio-manufacturing, biostatistician assistant, clinical data assistant/associate, validation assistant/technician, production planner/ scheduler, and research assistant/associate positions requiring skills in statistics. The Certificate of Achievement in Biotechnology: Biostatistics prepares students in methods and techniques used in biotechnology statistical analysis. Students are prepared for entry-level positions in bio-manufacturing, biostatistician assistant, clinical data assistant/associate, validation assistant/technician, production planner/scheduler, and research assistant/associate positions requiring skills in statistics.
  • Biotechnology: Cell Production / Fermentation Certificate of Achievement (PDF) - Designed to train students in the methods and techniques used in biotechnology, with emphasis on cell production used in manufacturing settings. Courses in this program train students in DNA and protein laboratory techniques and assays, laboratory record keeping, sterile techniques, and cell- culturing techniques. The student is prepared for biomanufacturing and pharmomanufacturing entry-level positions requiring skills in cell culturing and fermentation.
  • Biotechnology: Quality Control / Research Associate Certificate of Achievement (PDF) - Designed to train students in methods and techniques used in biotechnology QA/QC and research settings. Courses in this program train students in DNA and protein laboratory techniques and assays, laboratory record keeping, sterile techniques, advanced PCR procedures, and genomic/cDNA library construction and analytical skills. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in biotechnology/pharmaceutical companies as research assistants, quality control and/or quality assurance assistants/technicians and laboratory assistants/technicians.

Certificate of Accomplishment

Computer Applications in Biotechnology Certificate of Accomplishment (PDF) - The field of computer applications in biotechnology is a complex hybrid of two distinct scientific disciplines—computer technology and bioscience. This certificate is designed to provide an understanding of bioinformatics and other computer related subjects to students with some computer and/or life science background. This program is useful for students who desire to explore this new information science in which computers help to simulate, visualize, and analyze genetic and biological information. It also provides an introduction to the fundamental scientific and computational concepts, methods, and tools central to the growing field of computer applications in biotechnology.

Additional Information

Review a sample listing of Courses in this area of study. Review academic requirements in the Catalog and in the Curriculum Guides. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and/or have questions answered.

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