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School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics :: Programs of Study

Biotechnology - Career Studies Certificate

Biotechnology StudentThis curriculum is designed for individuals who seek additional skills to gain employment in the fields of Biotechnology, Health Sciences, or Scientific Research.

Coursework in this program will provide students with exposure to entry and advanced level skills that may lead to employment in fields related to biotechnology, health sciences, and scientific research. Students will gain an understanding of essential laboratory techniques including utilizing standard operating procedures and quality control methods, aseptic techniques, and key skills related to nucleic acid and protein analysis.

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Biotechnology StudentRequirements

Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college. Applicants must currently be enrolled in the AS Science, AAS Medical Laboratory Technician, or related program at Virginia Western or have completed a degree in a similar field. Applicants must have a cumulative high school or college-level GPA of 2.0. College GPA is based on at least 12 credit hours of college credit in a 12-month time frame. The GPA is determined at the end of fall semester prior to admission.

Application Process

Applicants must complete an application to VWCC in addition to an application for the Biotechnology Program.

Click here to download the Biotechnology Application Form. (PDF)

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Equipment & Techniques

Laboratories at VWCC are equipped to complete a variety of molecular biology techniques including:

  • Transformations
  • Transfections
  • DNA, RNA, and protein extraction, purification, and concentration analysis
  • cDNA synthesis
  • Primer design and sequence analysis
  • PCR and RT-PCR
  • Eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell culture
  • Western Blot analysis
  • Electrophoresis
  • Immunocytochemistry, Immunohistochemistry, and Immunofluorescence
  • Column Chromatography
  • Protein assays (Bradford, BCA, Lowry, ELISA)

In addition to standard teaching equipment, such as pipettors and incubators, our labs include several other supporting pieces of equipment including:

  • -80C Freezer
  • Thermocyclers
  • Zoe Fluorescent Cell Imager
  • Class II Biosafety cabinets
  • Nanodrop
  • TransTurbo Blot Transfer System
  • Electrophoresis Equipment
  • iMark Microplate reader

Additional Resources

More information about biotechnology can be found at:

Program Head

Stacie Deaver, MS
Assistant Professor, Biology

Contact Us

School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
Location: Anderson Hall A114
Phone: 540-857-7273
Fax: 540-857-6022

Mailing address:
3097 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015