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. Assist research scientists in the laboratory
  2. Perform technical procedures such as cell counting, solution and media preparation, DNA extraction and characterization, electrophoresis, cloning, polymerase chain reaction, DNA sequence analysis, ELISA and other immunology techniques, maintenance of cell lines, transfection, and protein isolation and purification using various chromatographic techniques
  3. Conduct research experiments following operating and safety protocols and apply knowledge of theory and techniques to troubleshoot appropriately
  4. Analyze and display data using computer technology including the internet and software designed for maintaining a database, preparing spreadsheets, conducting statistical analysis, bioinformatics and graphical display
  5. Manage laboratory activities including record keeping, ordering supplies and preparing reports and 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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