Biotechnology Program

Bacteria that glow from Jellyfish DNA - VC Pirate Shape

Above VC Pirate Photo: Drawn in Bacteria that have a gene from jelly fish in them that make them glow.


Biotechnology Program at Ventura College

Program Purpose: The Biotechnology Program will provide hands on laboratory training and classroom curriculum essential for careers in research and development, quality control and validation, and processing development.

Program Description: The Biotechnology Program at Ventura College is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of industries that increasingly use biotechnology techniques.  These industries include pharmaceutical discovery and manufacturing, agricultural technology, and food safety and processing.  These industries are seeking employees with laboratory skills experience and the “soft skills” to successfully complete tasks and interact with co-workers and clients to fill middle skills positions.  The Biotechnology Program at Ventura College also prepares students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree for transfer to university.  

Degree Offerings: Biotechnology Option and Plant Biotechnology Option

  • Associate in Science Degree 
  • Certificate of Achievement 

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES 

Required Courses Units
BIOL V18/ BIOT V18 Human Heredity 3
BIOL V30/ BIOT V30 Introduction to Biotechnology and Molecular Biology 3
CHEM V20 Elementary Chemistry 4
CHEM V20L Elementary Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM V21L Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory  2
MATH V 44 Elementary Statistics 4

REQUIRED ADDITIONAL COURSES FOR OPTION:

Select one (1) of the following options and complete all courses listed: 

BIOTECHNOLOGY OPTION:

Courses Units
BIOL V01 Principles of Biology 3
BIOL V01L Principles of Biology Lab 1
BIOL V31/ BIOT V31 Introduction to Methods of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology  2

PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY OPTION:

Courses Units
BIOL V23 Plant Biology 4
BIOL V32 / BIOT V32 Introduction to Methods of Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology 2

​TOTAL: 26


Recommended courses: In addition to the required courses listed above, it is recommended that students who seek to obtain additional insight into the field of study consider taking one or more of the following courses: BIOL V04, V42; BIOT V42; MICR V01; PHIL V02. Although these supplemental courses may be of value to the student, please note that they do NOT satisfy the requirements for this degree. 

Division Dean: Dan Kumpf​
Phone: (805) 289-6258
Office: SCI-323

Program Director: Jennifer Garner
Phone: (805) 289-6530
Office: SCI-343

Useful link for biotechnology career seekers: http://www.calbiotechcareers.org


BIOL V30 - INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY - 3 Units  

Recommended preparation: BIOL V01-V01L or BIOL V04 or BIOL V12 or MICR V01 or equivalent; and CHEM V20-V20L or equivalent with grades of C or better 
Hours: 3 lecture weekly 
This course is an introduction to the mechanisms and methods of bioengineering as they apply to biotechnology. Emphasis is placed on molecular and biochemical methods utilized in biotechnological applications in industry. FDA regulations that apply to the biotechnology industry will be included. Guest speakers from industry may be integrated into the course. Field trips may be required. Formerly Biol 30. Same as BIOT V30. Transfer credit: CSU; UC; credit limitations - see counselor.  

BIOL V31 - INTRODUCTION TO METHODS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY - 4 Units  Recommended preparation: BIOL V30 or BIOT V30 or concurrent enrollment; CHEM V20-V20L or high school chemistry with grades of C or better; and MICR V01 
Hours: 2 lecture, 6 laboratory weekly  
This course is designed to provide a variety of biotechnology and molecular biology experiences that develop proficiency in molecular biology techniques and the application of specialized biotechnology equipment in problem solving. Its intent is to develop knowledge of biotechnology protocols, an awareness of laboratory safety, as
well as enthusiasm and academic interest in molecular biology and biotechnology. ANSI 287.1 approved safety glasses and laboratory coats are required. Field trips will be required. Formerly Biol 31. Same as BIOT V31.
Offered on a pass/no pass basis only. Transfer credit: CSU; credit limitations - see counselor.  

BIOL V32 - INTRODUCTION TO METHODS OF PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY - 2 Units  
Prerequisite: BIOL V30 or BIOT V30 or concurrent enrollment; and CHEM V20-V20L or high school chemistry with grades of C or better   Recommended preparation: AG V03 or BIOL V23  
Hours: 1 lecture, 3 laboratory weekly  
This course is designed for plant biotechnicians and educators training in plant biotechnological techniques. Proficiency will be developed in aseptic tissue culture, isolation of plant organelles and products, and related molecular biological methods. Problems and solutions specific to plant biotechnology will be stressed. ANSI 287.1
approved safety glasses are required.  Field trips will be required. Formerly Biol 32. Same as BIOT V32.
Offered on a pass/no pass basis only. Transfer credit: CSU; credit limitations - see counselor.  


Biotech Field Trip to Incubator

Above Photo: Biotech Field Trip to Incubator.


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