Biotechnology Department

Ohlone College Biotechnology logo.The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the main hubs of biotechnology in the country, home to more than 3000 biotechnology/life sciences companies ranging from small startups to large corporations.

Ohlone's Biotechnology program provides students with excellent preparation in the hands-on skills and protocols used in local companies. Ohlone's students use modern equipment in state-of-the-art labs, and by their second semester are cloning DNA, growing mammalian cells in bioreactors, purifying proteins, sequencing DNA, and more. In addition, Ohlone's students receive training in the Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Laboratory Practices that are standard in the biotechnology industry.

Graduates of Ohlone's program are well prepared for entry-level positions in the life sciences industry. Ohlone graduates are working at biotechnology companies around the Bay Area, including Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Genentech, Thermo Fisher, Baxter, Abaxis, Genencor, BioChain, Roche, and more.

Visit our Getting Started in Biotechnology page for information about which classes to take first. Have more questions about the program? Contact our biotech program coordinator Dr.Laurie Issel-Tarver,

"Ohlone's biotech program is one of the best in the nation."
-Dr. Elaine Johnson, National Director, BioLink.

Did You Know…?

Community colleges offer associate degrees and short-term job training certificates in more than 175 fields, and more than 100,000 individuals are trained each year in industry-specific workforce skills. Source: California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

Biotechnology Degree and Certificates

Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Certificates of Achievement

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 discuss their long-range academic plan.

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