Biotechnology

The Biotechnology curriculum is designed to meet the increasing demands for skilled laboratory technicians in various fields of biological and chemical technology. Course work emphasizes biology, chemistry, mathematics, and technical communications.

Graduates may find employment in various areas of industry and government including research and development, manufacturing, sales, and customer service. 

The Biotechnology Program at Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC) is a collaborative educational program offered by Alamance Community College (ACC) and GTCC. Students are able to complete the first two semesters as well as some selected general education courses from the second year at GTCC. Students who successfully complete at least the first two semesters at GTCC will be admitted to the Alamance Community College program and will be able to complete the program requirements at ACC. Alamance Community College will award the Associate of Applied Science degree to all students who meet degree requirements.

Credentialing Options

Career Opportunities

Biotechnology

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to follow the general enrollment process for GTCC, found here.  During the advising process you will have the opportunity to indicate your desire to study within this curriculum. Your advisor will help you sign up for the specific courses you need.

Jameson McCann, Professor of Biology and Coordinator of Biotechnology

Yes, Financial aid is available if you qualify. Please visit the Financial Aid web page or contact the Financial Aid office at 336-334-4822. Select option 3.

Yes, if you are admitted to GTCC, you can qualify for this program.  It is important to note that some students may be required to complete some developmental education courses before registering for degree courses.

Careers for students with an AAS Biotechnology degree are vast including: laboratory research technicians, medical technologists, biomanufacturing technicians, and clinical lab technicians. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10% increase in growth of biotechnology jobs over the next ten years.  The average annual salary for these jobs is $40,000.

In high school, you should take available courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. 

General Biology I (BIO111), General Biology II (BIO 112), Introduction to Chemistry + Lab (CHM131, 131A), Organic and Biochemistry (CHM 132), Microbiology (BIO275), Genetics (BIO250), Writing and Inquiry (ENG111), Art Appreciation (ART111), General Psychology (PSY150), and Introduction to Computers (CIS110)

You can complete the first two semesters of the AAS Biotechnology degree at GTCC and then complete the remaining course requirements at ACC, where the degree is awarded.