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Degree Type: 

Associate of Science Degree

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


  • Transfer
    Transfer Degree

The Associate of Science degree in Physical and Natural Sciences - Biotechnology Specialization at Piedmont Virginia Community College prepares you for transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree. PVCC has guaranteed transfer agreements with top colleges and universities that guarantee admission to PVCC graduates who meet specific academic transfer criteria. 

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

  • Colleges & Universities
  • Engineering Services
  • National Security
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Scientific Management
  • Scientific Research
  • Technical Consulting

Required Courses: 

Linked classes are classes that are currently available in the class search.
SDV 101 First Year Success / 1 Credit Hours
BIO 101 General Biology I / 4 Credit Hours
BIO 102 General Biology II / 4 Credit Hours
BIO 206 Cell Biology
BIO 256 General Genetics /  Credit Hours
BIO 299 Supervised Study / 2 Credit Hours
CHM 111 College Chemistry I / 4 Credit Hours
CHM 112 College Chemistry II / 4 Credit Hours
ITE 119 Information Literacy / 3 Credit Hours
MTH 163 Precalculus I / 3 Credit Hours
MTH 240 Statistics / 3 Credit Hours
NAS 185 Introductory Microbiology or CHM 260 Biochemistry
PHI 220 Ethics / 3 Credit Hours
HLT/PED Health or Physical Education Elective
Social Science Elective
Humanities Elective

Additional Program Information: 

Graduation Requirement

Students entering all transfer degree programs are required to take one Writing Intensive Course, which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112, in order to graduate. Approved Writing Intensive Courses are specified with a "WI" section designation.


  • Mathematics:  Check with the intended transfer college or university to ensure that they appropriate math courses and sequencing are selected.
  • List of courses that fulfill the requirement for Humanities Elective and Social Science Elective can be found in the Biotechnology Degree Requirements printable version.
  • Introductory (101 or 102 level) foreign language courses will not meet the humanities elective requirement for this program.

Printable Biotechnology Degree Requirements.