Introduction to Biotechnology: Certificate | Technical College of the LowCountry

Introduction to Biotechnology: Certificate

It’s technology-based biology.

Apply technology to the study of living things in this exciting industry.

Program Description

At its simplest, biotechnology is technology-based on biology. Biotechnology plays an important role in food and agriculture production.  The use of technology with crops and animals is expected to be a critical factor in future efforts to increase crop yields and to expand food production.

Biotechnology is changing the face of our world and is a source of drugs, medical devices, forensic techniques, and new crops that are resistant to herbicides and pests.

The growing field of the biotechnology industry requires highly trained employees.  What does all this mean for you? It means that getting an education from the Technical College of the Lowcountry can give you the right foundation to be a part of one of the most promising fields in South Carolina and beyond.

TCL’s Biotechnology certificate program provides an introduction to basic biotechnology laboratory procedures. You will also learn important technical communication and analytical skills. The 21-credit-hour certificate program can be completed in as little as two semesters.

TCL’s extensive transfer agreements creates a foundation for future success. Use this certificate as a bridge to more advanced study at 2-year and 4-year institutions.

Accreditation & Accolades

Technical College of the Lowcountry is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Quick Facts

Quick Fact 1
This program introduces you to basic biotechnology laboratory procedures.
Quick Fact 2
Use this certificate as a bridge to more advanced study four-year institutions.
Quick Fact 3
The 21-credit-hour program can be completed in as little as two semesters.

What People Are Saying

“TCL’s biotechnology program will give you the right foundation to be a part of one of the most promising fields in the state,”

Dr. Laurence Neely TCL Biology Instructor

FAQs & Additional Information

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What does this program cost?*

Tuition: 21 credits x $170 per credit = $3,570.

Remember, this is before S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance and other financial aid, which could drop your costs by more than half. In fact, after financial aid, many TCL students attend for free.

*Based on Fall 2016 in-state, in-service-area tuition. Your actual cost may differ. Qualifications vary.

Career & Education Opportunities:

Biotech, pharmaceutical, research organizations, and chemical companies are the major employers in this sector. Job opportunities are expected to be best for graduates of applied science technology programs who are well trained on equipment in laboratories, clinical trials, diagnostics, and therapeutics or production facilities. Graduates of the Biotechnology program will understand the daily requirements of a career in technology and will be well prepared to assist scientists in laboratories. You may set up, operate, and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment, monitor experiments, make observations, and calculate and record results.
Biotechnology graduates may analyze organic substances, such as blood, food, and drugs. Graduates of the program who take advantage of the transfer options with South Carolina Universities and Colleges may increase their earning potential and pursue careers in Biotechnology Education and more. This pathway can lead to a four-year degree in biology, genetics, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, and forensic science.

Students studying for an Associate of Science degree can earn a Certificate in Biotechnology during their course of study. Check with your TCL advisor and learn how.

Other Resources

Gainful Employment: Learn more about the Biotechnology Certificate.

Program Dean

Gayle Tremble

Division Dean/Arts & Sciences


Carolyn Howell

Administrative Support/Arts & Sciences

Lakesha Allen

Biology Instructor/Arts & Sciences

Laurence Neely

Biology Instructor/Arts & Sciences

Sandra Walsh

Biology Instructor/Arts & Sciences

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