Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Applied Science

An intensive program which prepares students for positions as biotechnology technicians in molecular biology-based industries and institutions. Coursework integrates authentic work-based experiences, training in modern instrumentation and new technologies, and rigorous scientific content.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate proficiency with current standard biotechnology laboratory techniques.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in preparing, dispensing, and appropriately labeling laboratory solutions/reagents, and in maintaining solution/reagent integrity.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in using, calibrating, and maintaining standard laboratory equipment; perform method validation.
  • Perform basic laboratory measurements, calculations, and statistical analyses of data.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of computers for data acquisition, analysis, reporting, record keeping, communication, and instrument control.
  • Communicate professionally both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrate biotechnology laboratory workplace skills, including safety skills, scientific accountability and ethical behavior, appropriate workplace behavior.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of standard forms of laboratory documentation
  • Solve problems in biotechnology by determining the appropriate application of standard biotechnology techniques and equipment
  • Apply the scientific method to the design and execution of experiments and the analysis and interpretation of experimental data
Admission Requirements / Eligibility: 

Students must apply for entry into the Associate in Applied Science degree program in Biotechnology. Applications are available in the Science Office (J-115). All of the following prerequisites must be completed at the time the application is submitted:

  • College transcripts with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher (with a minimum of 16 credits).
  • Math Proficiency - Completion of Math 141 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or better.
  • English Proficiency - Completion of ENG 131 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or better.
  • Chemistry prerequisite - Completion of CHEM 141 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or better.
  • Biology prerequisite - Completion of BIO 152 (or equivalent) with a grade of C or better.

Contact the Program Director for more information. Admission to the Biotechnology program is not required for enrollment in any biotechnology core course except BIO 263.

NOTE: Students are required to pass a drug screen prior to beginning the internship experience (BIO 263). The cost for this test is in addition to the basic tuition and fee schedule. For questions regarding this policy, contract the Program Director.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC's General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including General Education courses. All Associate in Applied Science degrees require at least 15 General Education credits total, including at three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete at least one of the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete at least one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 16

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Elective Courses - Biotechnology

Complete as many electives as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate degree.
These courses are suggested electives. For assistance with selections, contact the Program Director.
Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

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.

Other Information

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.

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Math and Science Division: 313-845-9631,, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-122
Jolie Stepaniak: 313-845-9646,, Science Bldg, Room: J-114C

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 HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC 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 on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

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).