Join a growing field with our Biotechnology Laboratory Technology A.S. Degree

Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, topping $500 billion a year. Nationally, employment of biological technicians is expected to grow by 5 percent through 2024.

In Florida, biotechnology has a large footprint, and is now home to more than 1,100 biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, who need qualified technicians.

Preparing you for the workforce

Our Biotechnology Laboratory Technology A.S. Degree gives you the hands-on skills to join a growing field and work in laboratories as a biological technician. In this role, you assist biological and medical scientists in laboratories by operating and maintaining laboratory instruments, conducting and observing experiments and recording results in detail.

Employer recommended

"I recommend the biotechnology program at St. Petersburg College because it was specifically tailored and designed from the very beginning so that students get the exact skills that employees want. I know that if I hire graduates of SPC's program, they will be able to perform in a lab and help me be productive."
Michael Shamblott
Member of SPC's Biotechnology Advisory Committee
Associate professor at the University of South Florida's College of Medicine
Researching cell- and drug-based therapies and treatments for Type I and II diabetes

Skills that biotechnology employers are looking for

  • Top three technical skills
    • Hands-on experience
    • Basic understanding of research design and implementation
    • Basic animal handling
  • Top three soft skills
    • Written and oral communication
    • Self motivation
    • Critical thinking
  • Key duties for the workforce
    • Lab maintenance
    • Lab preparation and organization
    • Budget management

Job Opportunities

  • Clinical research
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Biotechnology and biomanufacturing firms
  • Forensic investigation
  • Environmental improvement and protection
  • Agricultural product enhancement

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Biological Technicians

Salary Data

Projected employment for Florida

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Biotechnology Laboratory Technology Associate in Science


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2020 (580)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2020 (580), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Natavia Middleton
(727) 398-8288

Program Summary

The Associate of Science in Biotechnology degree serves primarily to directly prepare students for laboratory careers in biotechnology. In addition graduates of this program are eligible for entry into the Bachelor of Science in Biology program.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

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Florida CIP Code


Federal CIP Code

41.0101: Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician.

Job Related Opportunities

  • An AS in biotechnology will prepare graduates to work safely and effectively in laboratories that utilize biotechnology and may lead to a career as a laboratory technician in academic, commercial and associated science laboratories.
  • The degree can also prepare students to enter the BS in Biology program.

Admission Rules

The complete on campus program application includes the following:
a. The general college application and the $40 fee for new students at SPC.
b. Transcripts from your high school (if no college degree) and any colleges you have attended sent directly to SPC from each school.

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

Communications - Composition

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree. 3

Communications - Speech

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

Humanities and Fine Arts

Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3


Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. 3

Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.


MAC 1105 College Algebra 3


CHM 2045 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 2045L General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis Laboratory I 1
BSC 2420 Introduction to Biotechnology 3
BSC 2426C Biotechnology Methods I 3
BSC 2427C Biotechnology Methods II 3
BSC 2435 Bioinformatics 3
MCB 2010 Microbiology 3
MCB 2010L Microbiology Laboratory 1
BSC 2419C Cell Culture 4
BSC 2847 Scientific Communication for Biotechnology 2
PCB 2061 Applied Genetics 2
BSC 2931 Biotechnology Capstone 1
BSC 2940 Biology Internship 3
CHM 2046 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 2046L General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
BSC 2010 Biology I Cellular Processes 3
BSC 2010L Biology I Cellular Processes Laboratory 1
BSC 2461 Introduction to Biotechnology Model Systems 3
Total Credits 61