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Program Details

  • Award: Associate of Science
  • Credits: 60
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.
  • WIOA Certified

About this Program

This degree prepares biological technicians to set up, maintain, and clean laboratory instruments and equipment, such as microscopes, scales, and test tubes; gather and prepare biological samples such as blood, food, or bacteria cultures for laboratory analysis; conduct biological tests and experiments; document their work including procedures, observations, and results; analyze experimental data and interpret results; write reports that summarize their findings. Students may pursue careers in industries that use biotechnology such as antibiotic and pharmaceutical; food energy; agricultural pesticides; herbicides; fertilizers; growth chemicals and breeding programs; industrial chemicals; biocatalysts; and diagnostics. Biotechnologists may work with research scientists on the development of processes in the laboratory and with engineers to transfer and scale up laboratory processes for large scale production required by industry.

Program Locations

  • Riverland Community College, Albert Lea 56007
  • Riverland Community College, Austin 55912
Riverland Community College
1900 8th Ave. N.W. Austin, MN 55912 Toll-Free: (800) 247-5039 Local: (507) 433-0600 TTY: (800) 627-3529 Email:

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