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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. 

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Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


Required Courses: 

SDV 101 First Year Success
ENG 111 College Composition I  - 3 Credit Hours
ENG 112 College Composition II  - 3 Credit Hours
HIS 121 United States History I  - 3 Credit Hours or HIS 101 History of Western Civilization I  - 3 Credit Hours
HIS 122 United States History II  - 3 Credit Hours or HIS 102 History of Western Civilization II  - 3 Credit Hours
BIO 180 Introduction to Biotechnology Careers
BIO 101 General Biology I  - 4 Credit Hours
BIO 102 General Biology II  - 4 Credit Hours
BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology  - 4 Credit Hours or CHM 260 Introductory Biochemistry  - 3 Credit Hours
BIO 206 Cell Biology  - 4 Credit Hours
BIO 256 General Genetics
BIO 299 Supervised Study  - 2 Credit Hours or CHM 299 Course recommended for 2nd year students  - 2 Credit Hours or PHY 299 Supervised Study  - 2 Credit Hours or GOL 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 or CSC 110 Introduction to Computing  - 3 Credit Hours
MTH 167 PreCalculus with Trigonometry  - 5 Credit Hours
MTH 245 Statistics I  - 3 Credit Hours or MTH 261 Applied Calculus I  - 3 Credit Hours
PHI 220 Ethics  - 3 Credit Hours or PHI 227 Bio-Medical Ethics  - 3 Credit Hours
Humanities Elective
Social Science Elective

Course Sequence: 

  • 3 Credit(s)

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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 the 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 2019-2020 Biotechnology Degree Requirements
  • Introductory (101 or 102 level) foreign language courses will not meet the humanities elective requirement for this program.

Printable  PDF icon 2019-2020 Biotechnology Degree Requirements

Required Skills & Employment Outlook

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

Research Technician