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.

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

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


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