What is Biotechnology?
The Biotechnology Laboratory Technician AAS program provides the basic knowledge and laboratory skills needed to prepare for entry level jobs in university, government, pharmaceutical or industrial biotechnology laboratories. Graduates of the program will be able to seek employment in biotechnology laboratories such as biomanufacturing, quality control, quality assurance, research and development, and regulatory bioscience. The program has been designed to develop skills in basic analysis of biological molecules (DNA and proteins), use of bioreactors, recombinant DNA technology, generation of cell cultures, immunological method applications, regulatory compliance (GMPs and GLPs), accurate documentation, and laboratory safety skills.
The Basic Biotechnician certificate introduces hands-on laboratory training needed for entry-level employment in a biotechnological laboratory. The Advanced Biotechnician certificate provides practical laboratory skills to supplement theoretical knowledge to improve employability in the biotechnology industry. Some courses are dual credit and college credit can be earned while students are enrolled in secondary school.
Enroll in Biotechnology at BCTC!
Do you want to discover alternative energy sources? Search for cures to diseases? Protect the environment? Help feed the world?
The Biotechnology program at BCTC is for students who want to learn more about the world around them and how to improve it through science.
Our students develop a knowledge of technical practices and laboratory skills while learning about the latest technologies. Lab activities include DNA manipulation, genome exploration, biofuel production, and molecular gastronomy. Students also have the opportunity to perform cutting-edge scientific research and participate in science outreach in the community.
Biotechnicians are in demand! In Lexington, biotechnician jobs are expected to increase by more than 17% in the next 10 years and job growth of around 12% is predicted for the state of Kentucky.
Get started with Biotechnology!
BCTC has the only two-year Biotechnology program in Kentucky. Courses in this program emphasize laboratory skills in developing fields such as genetics, biomanufacturing, immunology, and green chemistry.
BCTC has close ties with the University of Kentucky's Medical Laboratory Science and Agricultural Biotechnology Sciences programs and local employers. Program graduates have a 95% placement rate between industry and transfer to a four-year school.
Visit the program website to learn more about degree requirements, program faculty, career opportunities, and more.
What are my career choices?
Upon completion of the program students will be prepared for immediate employment as lab technicians, research assistants, quality assurance analysts, cell culture specialists, bioinformatic technicians, and many more.
Some students choose to transfer to four-year institutions with majors in medical laboratory science, agricultural biotechnology, biomedical technology, and other health technology related fields.
Our Biotechnology graduates work as:
- Lab technicians
- Research assistants
- Quality assurance analysts
- Cell culture specialists
- Biofuel technicians
- Scientific writers
- Bioinformatics analysts
Graduates work for local companies including Alltech, Catalent, Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals, Equine Diagnostics, EKU, UK, FermSolutions, and Neogen.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
A program plan describes the degree requirements (courses) and the sequence for completing the courses. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.
Length of Program
You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.