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Biotechnology Concentration

  • By enrolling in SCC’s Biotechnology classes, you will utilize scientific thinking and molecular biology to solve worldwide issues related to food, fuel and disease.

    The Biotechnology concentration provides students with a background in biology and chemistry, as well as a working knowledge of biotechnology by focusing on laboratory protocols in a regulated environment. Coursework leads to an Associate of Science degree, which prepares students for careers as technical assistants in biomedical, pharmaceutical, academic, and bioengineering laboratories. Core coursework prepares students to further their education at local four-year institutions leading to more advanced degrees. Students gain practical experience through a practicum.

    What is Biotechnology?

    Biotechnology is the use of biological materials such as cells, DNA, or proteins to solve problems and make life better. It . . .

    • HEALS through the development of medicines, vaccines, rapid diagnostic tests, and personalized medicine.
    • FUELS the economy through the development of renewable biofuels and innovative products like energy-saving low-temperature detergents, pollution-eating bacteria, and biodegradable plastics.
    • FEEDS the growing population by making crops resistant to pests and diseases, increasing yields, decreasing spoilage, and making food more nutritious.

    Why take SCC’s Biotechnology classes?

    Students gain skills in . . .

    • DNA manipulation and analysis
    • Expression and purification of proteins
    • Cell culture
    • Enzyme and antibody assays
    • Critical thinking and problem solving
    • Communication
    • Teamwork

    You may be a good fit if you . . .

    • Love science
    • Have an inquisitive mind and can think logically
    • Desire to solve problems


    Students will be able to work efficiently in a regulated environment to fulfill a need for middle skills jobs in the Nebraska economy.


    Relationships between SCC and local four-year institutions will allow for students to pursue further education and earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Biotechnology or related field.

    Contact Information:
    Misty Wehling, Science Instructor
    8800 O St., Lincoln, NE 68520

    Academic Transfer Associate of Science:

    Biotechnology Concentration

    Credits Total 60
    A. Written Communication
     ENGL1010 English Composition I 3
     ENGL1020 English Composition II 3
     ENGL2560 Technical Writing 3
    B. Speech Communication
     SPCH2810 Business & Professional Communication (recommended) 3
    C. Mathematics/Logic
     MATH1150 College Algebra 3
     MATH2170 Applied Statistics 3
    D. Natural Science/Biotechnology
     BIOS1400 Biology I w/Lab 4
     CHEM1090 General Chemistry I w/Lab 4
     CHEM1100 General Chemistry II w/Lab 4
     CHEM2550 Biological Organic Chemistry 3
     BIOT1400 Introduction to Biotechnology I w/Lab 4
     BIOT2400 Introduction to Biotechnology II w/Lab 4
     BIOT2441 Quality Assurance for Biosciences 3
     BIOT2445 Molecular Biology Techniques w/Lab 4
     BIOT2500 Applied Biosciences: Practicum 3
    E. Humanities
    Take one Humanities course from Academic Requirements.
     PHIL2130 Bioethics (recommended) 3
    F. Social Sciences
    Take one Humanities course from Academic Requirements.
     PSYC1810 Introduction to Psychology (recommended) 6
      Take one additional Humanities or Social Science course from the Academic Transfer Requirements. 3
      HIST2110 World History Since 1500 CE (recommended) 3
    G. Culture & Gender Studies
    Take one Culture & Gender Studies course from Academic Transfer Requirements. 3
    H. Electives
    Suggested courses for students transferring:
     BIOS1410 Biology II w/Lab 4
     MATH1600 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I 5

    NOTE: Not all courses on this list will transfer credit to four-year colleges and universities. It is the student’s responsibility to contact an advisor at the college or university to which they plan to transfer to determine the courses that will transfer. Students are encouraged to meet with an SCC transfer advisor.

    Estimated Expenses
    To determine overall costs, students should plan a budget that includes room, meals, clothing, laundry, medical care, recreation and entertainment, transportation, insurance, etc.