Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, with a high demand for entry-level workers and two-year and four-year college graduates. In the last 25 years, the US biotechnology industry has created more than 198,000 high-quality jobs, at over 1,400 pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, and instrumentation biotechnology companies, plus more at academic and government agencies!
Biotechnology sectors include:

  • Health Care: drug discovery, vaccines, devices and diagnostics
  • Ag Biotech: genetically modified organisms, food safety
  • Industrial and Environmental Applications: biofuels, biomaterials
  • Biodefense: vaccines, biosensors
  • Research Tools: DNA fingerprinting, bioinformatics, microarray technology, nanotechnology

Local companies may provide internships for students who have completed the first year of biotech classes at Calhoun.


Top 10 Reasons for Biotechnology in Community, Technical, and Career Colleges

General Studies -Biotechnology Example Plan of Study

The Biotechnology degree option is not guaranteed for transfer by the state STARS program. Students using this as a guide toward a four-year program are strongly encouraged to contact senior institutions for transferability and satisfaction of prerequisites in the specific program. For more information, please contact Dr. David Ansardi at

General Studies -Biotechnology Example Plan of Study

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Bio-Tech Careers

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Biotechnology Careers