Biotechnology

Program Information

Program Code: 
BIOTECH.AAS...
Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science
Year Established: 
2009
Contact: 
Science - (313) 845-6310 - science@hfcc.edu
Description: 

This intensive two-year program is designed specifically to train students for positions as biotechnology technicians in the region’s molecular biology-based industries and institutions. Henry Ford Community College''s Biotechnology program is unique in that its curriculum is a direct outgrowth of the technical and workplace competencies identified by Southeastern Michigan’s biotechnology employers for technicians.

HFCC’s Biotechnology program integrates authentic work-based experiences, training in modern instrumentation and new technologies, and rigorous science content to produce adaptable technicians that support the changing workplace.

The Associate in Applied Science degree in Biotechnology will provide this training within the broader context of the College’s General Education requirements. Although this program centers on skills identified by regional biotechnology employers, the skills gained by students in this program will prepare them for employment in biotechnology-based industries in other regions of the country and the world. Additionally, skills gained by students in this program will prepare them for advanced training in biotechnology-related fields.

Career Opportunities: 

Students who have earned an associate’s degree or certificate in Biotechnology can obtain an entry-level job as a Biotechnology Technician in an:

  • Industrial laboratory (e.g., Pharmaceutical company)
  • Forensic laboratory (e.g., Police crime laboratory)
  • Research laboratory (e.g., University research laboratory)
  • Government laboratory (e.g., USDA laboratory)

This is not a medical technology program, and so is not designed to prepare students to work in clinical laboratories.

Biotechnology is a growing field, so the number of positions available for Biotechnology Technicians is expected to increase. Starting salary for students completing an associate degree is estimated to be $12-14/hour (based on information from regional biotech employers).

Occupational Exposure / Risk: 

Applicants considering a career in biotechnology should be aware that, during their course of study and in subsequent employment in the field, they may work in situations where exposure to infectious agents is possible. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection- control guidelines can reduce the risk to a minimum.

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFCC.   Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFCC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFCC.  Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFCC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center).  Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 

Applicants considering a career in biotechnology should be aware that, during their course of study and in subsequent employment in the field, they may work in situations where exposure to infectious agents is possible. Proper education and strict adherence to well established infection- control guidelines can reduce the risk to a minimum.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60 (Including Options/Electives)

Required Support Courses

Degree-Specific Requirements

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Students must also complete the specific degree requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements when applicable. Developmental courses (developmental courses are those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

General Education

General Education: 

Students must also complete the General Education requirements of the College. Courses listed in the Required Core Courses and/or Required Support Courses for the, as well as courses used to fulfill requirements of the Associate in Applied Science degree, may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements when applicable.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.