Biotechnology

 

In our labs, you can genetically engineer a great career

Graduates of ACC's Biotechnology Program are laboratory-ready for a number of careers in the life sciences. Biotechnicians work in public and private-sector labs analyzing DNA and conducting research in areas ranging from biofuel production to new drug discovery and medical diagnostics. Biotechnology is one of the fastest-growing industries in the nation, and Texas is a hotbed of innovation. ACC's rigorous program, recognized for excellence in meeting industry educational standards, puts students in a competitive position to land top jobs.

What skills can I gain?

Students build expertise in biology, molecular biology, microbiology, and chemistry. Laboratory methods and safety procedures are studied in addition to the latest computer applications for the life sciences.

Below are brief descriptions of the Biotechnology programs ACC offers:

Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology - A comprehensive two-year program including general academics and specialized biotech training

Certificate in Biotechnology - A one-year program focused on biotech training for those who wish to quickly enter the workforce doing entry-level production work.

Advanced Technical Certificate in Biotechnology - Designed for students who already hold a baccalaureate degree and are interested in updating their skills or transitioning to a career in biotech.

Capstone Internship - Classroom skills are challenged and strengthened when students are placed in local public and private sector biotech labs.

Where can I work with this education?

Program graduates are trained to work in many facets of the industry, including research, product development, production, and quality control. Students find jobs in local biotech companies, in local, state, or federal government labs; or research positions at academic institutions such as the University of Texas.

Fields of employment include genetic engineering, health department testing, DNA sequencing and fingerprinting, molecular genetics, genetic data mining, biofuels production, fermentation technology, protein production, enzyme cloning, and microbial testing, among others.

How do I get started at ACC and where can I find out about financial aid?

Visit ACC's future student's page for admissions information. The financial aid page has links for eligibility and applications.