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 that will position you to conduct entry-level basic research in a university or private industry science lab. 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: 

  • Research Technician

Required Courses: 

Linked classes are classes that are currently available in the class search.
SDV 101 First Year Success
BIO 101 General Biology I / 4 Credit Hours
BIO 102 General Biology II / 4 Credit Hours
BIO 206 Cell Biology / 4 Credit Hours
BIO 256 General Genetics /  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 or MTH 157 Elementary Statistics / 3 Credit Hours or MTH 271 Applied Calculus I / 3 Credit Hours
PHI 220 Ethics / 3 Credit Hours or PHI 227 Bio-Medical 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 PDF icon Biotechnology Degree Requirements
  • Introductory (101 or 102 level) foreign language courses will not meet the humanities elective requirement for this program.

Printable PDF icon Biotechnology Degree Requirements