Biotechnology

Biotechnology Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College

Through laboratory-intensive biotech classes, you can gain hands-on skills companies require from laboratory technicians and research assistants.

  • Overview

    BiotechnologyJob analysts expect biotechnology careers to grow, particularly for those with an applied science degree who are well-trained in laboratory equipment use and biotechnology production methods.

    Great news!  That’s exactly what the biotechnology degrees from OCCC provide.

    OCCC’s biotechnology college classes and degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Oklahoma City Community College is authorized to offer college certificates, associate in arts degrees, associate in science degrees and associate in applied science degrees. In addition, OCCC is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and of the American Association of Community Colleges.

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  • Overview

    BiotechnologyJob analysts expect biotechnology careers to grow, particularly for those with an applied science degree who are well-trained in laboratory equipment use and biotechnology production methods.

    Great news!  That’s exactly what the biotechnology degrees from OCCC provide.

    OCCC’s biotechnology college classes and degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Oklahoma City Community College is authorized to offer college certificates, associate in arts degrees, associate in science degrees and associate in applied science degrees. In addition, OCCC is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and of the American Association of Community Colleges.

    Join Our Community

    Complete your online OCCC admissions application today!

  • Highlights

    BiotechnologyOCCC Biotechnology Classes Mirror Job Requirements

    When you study biotechnology at Oklahoma City Community College, you’ll have the chance to:

    • Work at your own laboratory bench on every experiment in every class
    • Spend as many as 15 hours per week working in the dedicated biotech lab
    • Learn best laboratory practices for both accuracy and safety
    • Gain critical laboratory skills biotech employers want
    • Develop critical thinking and trouble-shooting skills
    • Study and use latest technologies
    • Gain experience in mammalian cell tissue culture

    Our biotechnology labs feature the same equipment and methods that area biotechnology employers use:

    • Autoclaves
    • Cell tissue culture hood and CO2 incubator
    • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real-time PCR
    • Electrophoresis (for DNA and protein analysis)
    • Phase-contrast microscopes
    • Fermenters
    • Centrifuges
    • Spectrophotometers
    • Gel imaging system
  • Degree Options

    BiotechnologyBiotechnology Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    Oklahoma City Community College offers both a biotech associate in applied science degree and a biotech certificate of mastery program:

    • Associate in applied science degree – biotechnology: This two-year associate degree program prepares you to work in lab and research settings, with little on-the-job training required. The degree program features a summer internship with a local biotech employer.
    • Certificate of mastery – biotechnology: This intense, one-year biotech certificate program is the best option if you already have a science degree (either an associate in science or a bachelor of science) and simply need biotech lab experience.
  • Courses

    BiotechnologyBiotechnology Classes at Oklahoma City Community College

    When you study biotechnology at Oklahoma City Community College, these required classes – and many others – provide both the science theory and the hands-on laboratory work you want. Your classes include:

    • Advanced nucleic acid lab
    • Bioinformatics
    • Cell culture methods
    • Biomanufacturing

    Visit OCCC’s online course catalog for full details of the biotechnology degree requirements and biotech class descriptions.

    OCCC offers just one entry-level biotechnology class in the evenings, but our community college course schedule places the majority of the biotechnology classes during the day. And, due to the lab-intensive, hands-on nature of the programs, no online classes are available.

  • Faculty
    John McMurray

    John McMurray


    Professor of Biology

    A.S. College of Lake County (Life Science)B.A. Southern Illinois University (Plant Biology)PhD. University of California (Integrative Biology)

     
  • After OCCC

    BiotechnologyBiotechnology Careers

    OCCC designed its biotech programs to prepare you to enter the job market right away. Biotechnology laboratory technicians or research lab assistants often set up, run, and calculate results for projects. They may also assist in the manufacture of biotechnology products in FDA-controlled settings.

    Biotechnology jobs exist in these (and many other) fields:

    • Biomedical research, including DNA analysis for medical or law enforcement uses
    • Biotechnology research and production in agriculture (pest- and virus-resistant crops)
    • Biotech research and cleanup in environmental applications
    • Manufacturing of therapeutic products

    Below are just a few biotechnology employers in the Oklahoma City area. Often they provide OCCC students with both internship and employment opportunities.

    • DNA solutions
    • Analytical research labs (ARL)
    • Cytovance Biologics
    • OU Health Sciences Center
    • Immuno Mycologics
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