What is biotechnology?

Biotechnology harnesses biology – cellular and biomolecular processes – to develop technologies for industrial, medical, and other purposes that aim to improve our lives and the health of our planet.

Biotechnology is a fast-growing and exciting field, where discoveries are made to cure diseases, battle climate change, develop new fuels, solve limited global food supplies, and more. Individuals in the field should be problem solvers who are curious, imaginative and persistent.

Biotech companies around the world have been working constantly on vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. Do you wish to join those companies in saving the world? Interested in Biotech? Come to explore! 

The Biotechnology Program at Skyline College

Skyline College’s Biotechnology Program aims to prepare students to enter the workforce in the biotechnology field. Students in the program have access to fully stocked and functional labs where they will take courses and gain hands-on experience working with the tools and materials they'll need when they enter the workforce. 

Faculty guide students through the current trends and processes in the biotechnology field using contextualized science, math and even English skill-building. Students emerge from the program ready for an entry level position working in a lab or production facility.

Skyline College offers an Associate Degree in Biotechnology for students who are looking for a clear path for transfer to a four-year institution in addition to the BioBridge Program, which offers a two-semester program that develops students' workforce readiness and soft skills so they can obtain hands-on work experience. The Skyline College Biotechnology Manufacturing program is also an excellent resource to get you on the path to a four-year degree.

Biotechnology Manufacturing Assistant

This new certificate program introduces students to current trends and processes in the biotechnology field. Students will achieve workforce readiness for entry level Manufacturing assistant positions in the stock room, assembly, and packaging.  See more information by visiting the Skyline College Catalog Biotechnology Manufacturing Assistant Certificate page. 

Career Outlook

The Skyline College Biotechnology Manufacturing Program aims to prepare students to find work in a variety of jobs, including bioprocessing technicians and engineers, researchers and research associates, lab technicians, bioscientists, as well as jobs in materials handling and quality assurance and quality control (QAQC).

The biotechnology sector is growing fast and potential employers include biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as well as clinical laboratories in hospitals, universities, government, and independent settings. Within biotechnology, wages and demand for jobs vary across different careers. Biological technicians (usually requiring a bachelor’s degree or certificate) in California make an average of $55,160 per year according to the U.S. Department of Labor. For students who choose to continue their education, Biochemists and Biophysicists (often requiring a Ph.D.) in California make an average of $117,220 per year.