The Biotechnology curriculum, which has emerged from molecular biology and chemical engineering, is designed to meet the increasing demands for skilled laboratory technicians in various fields of biological and chemical technology.

Coursework emphasizes biology, chemistry, mathematics and technical communications. The curriculum objectives are designed to prepare graduates to serve in three distinct capacities: research assistant to a biologist or chemist; laboratory technician/instrumentation technician; and quality control/quality assurance technician.

Graduates may find employment in various areas of industry and government, including research and development, manufacturing, sales, and custom service.

The Biotechnology program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level biotechnology positions.

Course work emphasizes:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Technical communication

Collaborative Program Offered in Cooperation with Gaston College

In this instructional service agreement, South Piedmont Community College will provide 47 credit hours (75 percent of the Gaston College Biotechnology curriculum). Students must take a minimum of 16 credit hours within the program through Gaston College. Students who meet all requirements of the Biotechnology program will be awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree by Gaston College.

Career opportunities

Biotechnology labs
Pharmaceutical labs
Chemical processing labs

Biotechnology faculty

Levi Castle


Levi Castle
Faculty, Biology