Physical and Natural Sciences: Biotechnology Specialization

This degree provides biotechnology knowledge to either transfer to a four year institution or to be employed in an entry-level research laboratory.


Area of Interest

Program Dean

Health and Life Sciences Division

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Associate of Science Degree

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Program Information

The associate of science in physical and natural sciences degree is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree in a scientific discipline. The specialization in biotechnology has been designed to provide the science major with additional knowledge and skills required transfer to biology or biotechnology degree programs at four-year institutions or to be employed in an entry-level position in a research laboratory.

The major emphasis in this curriculum is on mathematics, the biological sciences, and the physical sciences. However, the curriculum also includes electives in humanities and social sciences so that the student can select the appropriate courses for his or her pre-professional or scientific program as required in the first two years of the prospective four-year college or university to which transfer is contemplated and also consult with their academic advisor. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program, the graduate will be awarded the associate of science degree in physical and natural sciences.

Transfer Information

PVCC has guaranteed transfer agreements with top colleges and universities that guarantee admission to PVCC graduates who meet specific academic transfer criteria.

Graduation Requirements

Students in all degree programs are required to take at least one Civic Engagement (CE) course to graduate.

Supervised Study: Students must take a supervised study course in a chosen discipline in order to graduate.  Each discipline has specific prerequisites that must be met prior to enrollment..