Biotechnology is a fascinating field which is at the cutting edge of science using living cells and materials produced by cells to create pharmaceutical, diagnostic, agricultural, environmental, and other products to benefit society. People working in this field make groundbreaking discoveries that fight disease, improve food production, clean up the environment and make manufacturing more efficient and profitable. Because of the various levels of occupations associated with biotechnology, students have several options. Associate degrees are available at a number of community colleges in Washington State that focus on the technical side of biotechnology. Bachelor’s and graduate degrees are also available that prepare students for careers in biotechnology associated with research and development and quality control.
Because of the different educational pathways open to students, students should complete the Associate in Arts or the Associate of Science (Track 2) requirements if they plan to transfer to a four-year institution or check with a faculty advisor concerning the professional/technical options available at other Washington State Community Colleges. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.