Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Program Overview

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The Bioscience Technology program at PCC prepares individuals to work in the bioscience industry, which uses science and technology related to living organisms to provide a wide variety of products and services. This broad and growing industry includes pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices, agriculture, energy, academic research, and more.

The program courses combine theoretical and hands-on training with an emphasis on understanding, quality, accountability and communication. The two-term Biotechnican Certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in industry, focusing on basic laboratory skills, principles of measurement, the mechanics of manufacturing, quality systems (working in a regulated environment) and safety. The certificate also serves as the foundation for the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree.

Students who earn the AAS degree first complete a set of basic science courses in biology and chemistry before enrolling in the Bioscience Technology program. Once admitted, students complete a core of technical courses and learn solution preparation, manipulation of DNA and proteins, biochemical assays and other analytical procedures, preparative purification procedures, and cell culture. Students have flexibility in choosing course electives from among these options to develop their advanced technical skill set or pursue additional theory and training in crossover areas such as microelectronics and technical writing.