Prepare for entry-level laboratory work across the biotechnology field. Gain foundational skills and working knowledge of concepts through classroom lecture and extensive hands-on, lab learning experiences.

Completion Award
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences
Length of Study
92.5 Credits
Starting Quarter
On Campus

  1. Follow and document standard operating and safety procedures in accordance with industry standards.
  2. Independently perform technical procedures common within biotechnology workflows, including media and solutions preparation, recombinant DNA preparation and analysis, protein expression and purification, immunoassays, and the development and maintenance of cell lines.
  3. Conduct, document and troubleshoot biotechnology workflows, applying knowledge of relevant theory and techniques.
  4. Analyze and display data using relevant statistical methods and computer technology.
  5. Communicate technical information in a variety of formats, including written reports and oral presentations.
In addition to the outcomes above, students will gain the skills and knowledge included in Shoreline Student Learning Outcomes (SSLOs): Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Social Justice, Information Literacy, and Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning.

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The career outlook in the field of biotechnology is very promising with over 100 biotechnology-related facilities in the Seattle metropolitan area. The proliferation of new technologies is expanding employment opportunities in research, production, development and manufacturing; examples include work as a laboratory assistant, lab specialist or research assistant.

Potential employers include: university or privately owned biotechnology research and production labs; and pharmaceutical or criminal labs; fisheries, oceanographic and other nature resource management organizations.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $145.17  $245.71  $339.54 $162.51
5 credits $673.85  $1,176.57  $1,645.70  $760.55
12 credits (full-time) $1,462.52  $2,476.40 $3,422.10  $1,637.76
15 credits $1,641.05 $2,667.59  $3,624.45 $1,819.05

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Fees
Approximately $660 per year in lab fees

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

Next Steps

Admission to this program is through an application process. Applicants need to meet the eligibility requirements and apply to the program as well as the College. Faculty and staff are available to assist with the process.

This program has a rolling admissions process. Applications are accepted at any time in advance of each fall quarter. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

How to apply

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