Science: Biotechnology Specialization

Do you like using your hands and your mind? Are you passionate about finding a career that can affect the lives of everyone around you by finding new treatments for diseases like cancer or diabetes, discovering new energy sources and cleaning up the environment, or making sure people have food and clean water? Do you want to help solve crimes by studying the evidence left behind? If so, the Biotechnology Specialization at Virginia Western Community College can help you reach these goals. By completing the Biotechnology Associate of Science, you will be prepared to enter the work force in a wide variety of jobs. These include becoming a Biotechnology Laboratory Technician, Environmental Health and Safety Technician, or Forensic Scientist. You will also be ready to transfer to one of the many 4-year schools in Virginia and begin working in a research lab. Begin your journey today towards a rewarding career in Biotechnology, knowing you will be helping not only yourself, but the world around you.

Transfer Agreements

Students that graduate from Virginia Western with an associate degree and a minimum grade point average may obtain GUARANTEED admission to more than 30 of the commonwealth’s colleges and universities. Click here for a list of Virginia Transfer Partners.

In addition, Virginia Western has entered into the following agreement specific to the Science program. This list is subject to change, and the most current agreements can be found on our Transfer Agreements page.


Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 63 Hours
Time: 2 years

*Estimated cost reflects in-state rate and is subject to change


The cost of attendance is an estimate of the costs a student may have while at Virginia Western.

Click here for the cost of attendance for financial aid.


Fax: 540-857-6022

Mailing address:
School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
3080 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015


Heather Lindberg, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology

B.S. Biology – Lehigh University
Ph.D. Biology – SUNY Albany