Environmental Biotechnology

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Biotechnology careers begin with education. For some jobs a high school diploma or GED is enough to get started. Many technical positions require either a certificate, associates degree, or bachelors degree. Practical hands-on skills are required.

Resource: Biotechnology Career Pathways

Instructor Profile: Sharon Phillips

It’s not the typical program most people think about when they think about CareerTech opportunities. When asked about this, Phillips says, “A lot of programs provide opportunities to get certifications and while some do prepare for higher ed, many of the other programs can lead to well-paying careers right after graduation. Our Biotech program is different. It is open to all high school students and we encourage anyone interested in science to check us out. Our primary focus with this program is to build excellent foundations and prepare our students for science-related futures in college.”

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This is a two year program designed to provide advanced science preparation for high school students planning on pursuing a college major in a science related field of study. Biotechnology is the physical manipulation of organisms at the molecular level to improve the quality of life. In this high school only program, students will learn foundational scientific knowledge, gain laboratory skills, and participate in authentic research. This college preparatory program develops competencies useful for medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and other science based areas of study.

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First Year Courses:

Biotechnology I (120 Hours)
Biotechnology II (120 Hours)
AP Biology (120 Hours)
Survey of Biotechnology (120 Hours)

Second Year Courses:

Advanced Biotechnology I (120 Hours)
Advanced Biotechnology II (120 Hours)
AP Environmental Science (120 Hours)
Biotechnology Capstone (120 Hours)

Cost of Program: Tuition, Fees and Books

Partner high school students may attend tuition free.


AP Biology Exam
AP Environmental Science Exam
Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam

Potential Salary

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Salary information can be found at The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Resource Center at:


PROGRAM TITLE: Environmental Biotechnology
INSTRUCTORS: Sharon Phillips & Madison Carter