The Program

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.

Division Chair

Dr. Fatemeh Nichols
Science Chair
Office: HS205

Program Faculty
Dr. Parvadha Govindaswamy
Office: HS206

Employment and Salary Information

In Missouri, the annual salary for a technician with an AAS in Biotechnology may range from $28,000 – $45,000. In Missouri, an agricultural & food science technician can earn about $41, 600 and a chemical technician can earn almost $46,000 a year. Individuals who attain a bachelor’s degree may earn higher salaries.

Career Options

An AAS degree in biotechnology, prepares students for entry level jobs assisting biological and medical scientists in laboratories. As of May 2015, biological technicians held about 72,900 jobs, with a projected increase in employment of 14% in this sector by 2020.