The Associate of Applied Science degree in Biotechnology at East Central College is a 64-credit-hour program and depending on the preparation level of the student, it is designed to be completed in two years. The program prepares individuals for a career in forensics, pharmaceuticals, biomedical sciences, bioengineering, environmental science, and academic research work. An AAS in Biotechnology student will learn fundamental laboratory techniques used in biotechnology labs, such as, DNA extraction, purification and sequencing; protein isolation and identification; immunological techniques; microbial, plant and animal cell cultures techniques; as well as workplace skills.
Students will receive a well-rounded learning experience through academic instruction as well as real world experience through externships in academic or industry setting.
Biotechnology combines the study of biology with technology. Working at cellular and the molecular level, biotechnologists develop products that benefit human beings as well as the environment we live in. Biotechnologists are involved in improving crops, designing vaccines, inventing cancer and AIDS treatment, improving soil & water quality, forensic analysis, conservation, and in developing renewable energy options.