A.S. in Biotechnology: The biotechnology program is designed to prepare students for employment as technicians who will work in a laboratory or industrial setting. Biotechnology is a wide-ranging field encompassing: DNA/RNA and protein isolation, characterization, and sequencing; cell culture; genetic modification of organisms; toxicology; vaccine sterility testing; antibody isolation and production; and the development of diagnostic and therapeutic agents. This hands-on program is designed to meet local, statewide, and national need for laboratory technicians. Graduates are thoroughly grounded in basic laboratory skills and trained in advanced molecular biology techniques. Students are acclimated to both research and industrial environments. The program emphasizes laboratory-based, universal, and scalable technical skills resulting in a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the methodology.