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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  May 22, 2022
2015-2016 Catalog [Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016] 
2015-2016 Catalog [Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016] [Archived Catalog]

Biotechnology Laboratory Technology (2199) (A.S.)

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Associate in Science

The Biotechnology Laboratory Technology program is an A.S. degree program consisting of classroom, laboratory and worksite instruction. The program prepares individuals for entry-level employment as a Biotechnology Research Technician, Biotechnology Manufacturing Technician, Biotechnology Testing Technician and Cell Culture Technician by providing them with the following skills: Formulating chemical solutions; performing assays and recombinant DNA techniques; culturing organisms; purifying and characterizing DNA, RNA and proteins; isolating and preparing samples for analyses; and collecting and assessing data.  A minimum grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all professional core courses.

Students develop essential work skills such as professional behavior and appearance, dependability, ethics, following directions, and team work.

Two technical certificates, Biotechnology Specialist/Manufacturing (6198) (T.C.)  and Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist/Health Science (6199) (T.C.) , are available within this degree program. Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.


The Biotechnology Laboratory Technician program prepares students both for employment and for advanced degrees in the life sciences. The program provides students with a solid academic foundation and hands-on skills in biotechnology. The degree is intended for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree in preparation for entering the biotechnology or analytical workforce, or enter a bachelor’s degree program in the life sciences.


This program includes on-site training with a Northeast Florida manufacturer or medical research center, or a directed study project with college faculty.

Career Opportunities

Biotechnology is a $500 billion per year industry. North Florida is home to dozens of companies involved in laboratory technology or biomanufacturing. Your degree program readies you for entry-level positions as biotechnology research technicians, biotechnology manufacturing technicians, testing laboratory technicians, or cell culture technicians.

Biotechnologists are employed as laboratory technicians by clinical research and pharmaceutical drug development laboratories, or analytical laboratories, such as Mayo Clinic, UF Shands, or Eurofins. You also have great opportunities in forensic investigation, environmental improvement and protection, and agricultural product enhancement to feed an expanding global population.

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R. Kevin Pegg, Downtown Campus, (904) 598-5621 or

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General Education

Credit Hours: 16

Professional Courses

Credit Hours: 41
A minimum grade of “C” or better is required in all Professional Core courses.

*Students pursuing the Biotechnology Testing Laboratory Technology option will take these alternative courses which include a greater emphasis on regulatory issues, sample handling, instrument methodology and data processing.

Professional Electives

Minimum Credit Hours: 4

Total Credit Hours: 61


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, fingerprinting and background check, drug testing, and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the Associate in Science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Students must fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses. (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
  3. Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses. (All college cumulative.)
  4. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit by portfolio development do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  6. Earned a grade of a C or better in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements and any other area designated with a C or better requirement.
  7. Students must have fulfilled all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate.

 Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. Students who enter under the (2015/2016) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2015/2016 academic year.  The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or co-requisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  4. Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.

University Transfer

This Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the University Transfer Guide.

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