Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Certificate of Specialization (CS)

Hands-on lab experience: Earn a new degree, enhance your current degree, or upgrade your professional skills.

Internship opportunities: Working for cutting-edge biotechnology companies.

A working professional? The entire program is available in evening classes over the course of two years.


State-of-the-art facilities that surpass most four-year universities:

  • You’ll attend class at the STLCC Center for Plant and Life Sciences at BRDG Park (pronounced “bridge park”).
  • An incubator for bioscience startups, BRDG Park offers world-class wet labs and one of the most technologically advanced growth facilities in the United States.
  • Located just north of Monsanto World Headquarters, it’s part of the Danforth Plant Science Center.

Two degree options to choose from: 
Associate in Applied Science:

  • 71-credit-hour program.
  • Provides the basic laboratory skills and experience.
  • Prepares students for entry-level positions as lab technicians in the plant science or medical research areas of biotechnology.
  • Credits transfer: Students who complete the AAS also qualify for transfer to four-year degree programs. More info under “Program Curriculum” below.
  • Prerequisites include CHM:101 Fundamentals of Chemistry or high school chemistry with a grade of A or B within the past three years. 

Certificate of Specialization:

  • 19-credit-hour program.
  • Provides hands-on lab experience for those with a current bachelor’s degree in biology or related field.
  • Prepares current laboratory technicians for biotechnology specialization.
  • Ideal for working professionals looking to accelerate their careers.
  • Prerequisites include workforce laboratory experience and Principles of Biology I or Microbiology, or an AAS (or Certificate of Proficiency) in Chemical Technology with the Microbiology elective completed.

Hands-on: Students practice lab techniques on millions of dollars’ worth of equipment covering a variety of bioscience niches — the same equipment used by researchers at BRDG Park.

Workplace learning: Students benefit from the opportunity to gain real-world experience, and often want to extend beyond the 150-hour minimum per semester. Workplace learning is a requirement in the AAS program, but is also available to students pursuing a certificate. You’ll be placed with a company based upon your research interests and current industry needs. On many occasions the companies requesting interns are interested in finding permanent employees, and internships often lead to full-time jobs.

Biotechnologists utilize cellular and molecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet. If you enjoy biology, this program adds a technological aspect to your studies, preparing you for a job that will heal, fuel or feed the world:

  • Testing for disease-causing organisms
  • Helping produce more nutritious and disease-resistant plants
  • Helping find new cures and treatments for diseases
  • Discovering ways to obtain energy from algae
  • Finding new ways to clean up the environment

You’ll learn how to:

  • Extract and purify DNA and protein
  • Clone target DNA
  • Perform enzyme assays
  • Perform gene expression analysis
  • Characterize recombinant protein
  • Perform cell culture techniques

Faculty: Our instructors worked for industry giants like Monsanto and Sigma-Aldrich, and bring that experience to the classroom. You’ll learn from seasoned professionals who offer one-on-one coaching, extended office hours, and opportunities for extra lab practice.

Stackable: If you’ve earned your LSLA certificate of specialization you’ve also earned six credit hours that will apply towards your AAS degree in Biotechnology.

Professional Networking: The BRDG Park bio-research incubator houses more than a dozen exciting start-up companies — top innovators in the field — and students regularly interact with industry leaders. In addition, as part of the technical skills assessment, students showcase their ability by presenting the findings of a laboratory experiment they performed in one of their courses and defending their skills to a panel of industry professionals.

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region, and the second largest in Missouri.

To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to any questions you might have. CLICK HERE


  • Biotechnology Lab Technicians
  • Biotech
  • Plant Sciences
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Research Labs

Companies that have hired STLCC grads:

MOgene LC
Benson Hill Biosystems
NewLeaf Symbiotics
Gallus BioPharmaceuticals

STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time or part-time, on-campus or off-campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants. Click Here

Job Resources

Gainful Employment Data

STLCC provides a top quality education at a much more affordable cost than other institutions.

  • St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program funded by federal, state and private agencies. READ MORE
  • STLCC provides a Net Price Calculator to help students estimate costs. READ MORE
  • For information on STLCC Scholarships READ MORE.
  • Scholarships specifically for biotechnology include the Sigma-Aldrich Scholarship, the Biotechnology Student Scholarship, and the STEM Scholarship. READ MORE
  • FAFSA Apply online


Kevin R. Toal
Interim Biotechnology and Life Sciences Lab Assistant Program Coordinator
STLCC-Florissant Valley Biology Department
314 513-4886 


Please note: Fundamentals of Chemistry I or high school chemistry with a grade of A or B within the past three years is required for entry into this program.

Biotechnology (AAS, CS)

Program Total: 71 credits
I. Career General Education  21 credits
ENG:101 College Composition I 3
MTH:160x College Algebra
MTH:160A or MTH:160B or MTH:160C
(except MTH:165 and MTH:166)
COM:101 Oral Communication I 3
CHM:105 General Chemistry I 5
XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
XXX:xxx Social Science Elective 3
II. Physical Education 2 credits
III. Area of Concentration 48 credits
BIO:104 Basic Laboratory Methods 3
BIO:140 Principles of Biology I 4
BIO:152 Quantitative Methods in Biology 2
BIO:218 Microbiology for Biotechnology 4
BIO:219 Biotechnology I 5
BIO:220 Biotechnology II 5
BIO:221 Workplace Learning: Biotechnology 3
BIO:226 Advanced Topics in Biotechnology
(Two Sections)
BIO:225 Genetics 5
CHM:106 General Chemistry II 5
GE:101 Technical Computer Applications 3
PHL:109 Bio-Medical Ethics 3

Program Total: 19 credits
BIO:104 Basic Laboratory Methods 3
BIO:219 Biotechnology I 5
BIO:220 Biotechnology II 5
BIO:226 Advanced Topics in Biotechnology
(Two sections)

Credits transfer: Students who have completed the AAS also qualify for transfer to the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology — Southeast Missouri State University: This curriculum is designed for students who have completed an AAS degree in Biotechnology and, because of changes in career goals and opportunities for advancement, want to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology. This program is available on the SEMO campus or entirely in St. Louis through a combination of courses offered from various institutions, including SEMO, taught on the STLCC campuses. These programs are accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology. Graduates are prepared for technical management-oriented positions in industry. Students wishing to complete a master’s degree can do so through the same agreement, with classes also offered on STLCC campuses and taught through SEMO.
  • Bachelor of Science Degree — University of Missouri-Columbia; Missouri University of Science and Technology-Rolla; University of Missouri-St. Louis, Webster University, and Lindenwood University: This curriculum is designed for students who plan to complete an AAS degree in Biotechnology at STLCC and then transfer to either the biochemistry program at UM-Columbia, Missouri S&T or UMSL, or to the biology program at Missouri S&T, UMSL, Webster University, or Lindenwood to complete a bachelor’s degree program. 


We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your career pathway in this growing industry. CLICK HERE


Related Programs
Life Science Laboratory Assistant


STLCC’s Biotechnology Advisory Committee brings together top industry professionals. Members serve for two-year renewable terms, and STLCC’S faculty works hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update our curriculum, stay up-to-date on the latest innovations, and promote networking.

STEM Scholarship — The St. Louis STEM Scholars (S3) Academy of St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley (STLCC-FV) provides financial and academic support for students in challenging STEM disciplines. The purpose is to increase the number of students completing associate degrees, matriculating to four-year universities, and entering the STEM workforce.

The STLCC-FV Biology and Biotechnology Users Site — Provides description of equipment, standard operating procedures, and protocols for a variety of instrumentation used in the courses at FV. Additional training and educational aids are provided for interfaces to other key applications.

Bio-link was created to improve and expand educational programs that prepare skilled technicians to work in high-tech fields.

The Missouri Biotechnology Association is an organization composed of individuals from industry, education and the private sector who are interested in the growing field of life sciences and are committed to helping educate the general public as to the importance of the scientific discoveries being made.


Biotechnology classes are offered at our BRDG Park site. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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