This program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in entry-level positions at biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies as laboratory, research, or manufacturing technicians. Coursework will develop an understanding of basic scientific principles in biology and chemistry, and will emphasize laboratory techniques and procedures such as solution and media preparation, DNA purification and analysis, electrophoresis, chromatography, maintenance of cells in culture, and quality control techniques.
Application Process: Individuals wishing to enroll in the A.A.S. in Biotechnology should follow these steps for admission, starting at least one semester prior to when they wish to enroll in the program:
- Attend an information session or schedule an advising appointment with a Biotechnology academic advisor.
- This can be completed prior to or after steps 2-4. Students are encouraged to seek information very early in the process.
- Apply to NOVA.
- Students may choose to enroll in the A.S. in General Studies prior to their acceptance into the program.
- Take the College placement test for English and Mathematics in one of the College's Testing Centers (located on each campus).
- Complete pre-admission requirements for the program. Students applying to the A.A.S. program must have documentation of the following:
- placement into college-level English (ENG 111),
- placement into MTH 161 or higher, and
- completion of BIO 101 with a 'C' or better.
Students who are currently enrolled in BIO 101 may apply to the program and be admitted on a provisional basis after meeting with and if recommended by a biotechnology faculty advisor until their final grade is submitted. If a student has taken BIO 101 or any of the course requirements at another institution, he/she must submit official transcripts and if applicable, foreign transcripts, and submit a formal evaluation of the courses/degree, along with a Request for Evaluation of Transcripts Form (125-049), for each institution.
- Apply to the program.
Applicants need to complete an application online. This will automatically be e-mailed to the Biotechnology Program coordinator. S/he will review the applicant's application, test scores, and transcripts to confirm he/she is eligible for admission. An advising session will be scheduled if not already completed. Applicants will be notified within 2-4 weeks as to whether they have been accepted. Once a student is accepted a counselor or faculty advisor will program place the student in the program.
- Receive the Biotechnology Program Handbook and register for core biotechnology classes, BIO 250 and BIO 253.