Biotechnology Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College
Through laboratory-intensive biotech classes, you can gain hands-on skills companies require from laboratory technicians and research assistants.
Job analysts expect biotechnology careers to grow, particularly for those with an applied science degree who are well-trained in laboratory equipment use and biotechnology production methods.
Great news! That’s exactly what the biotechnology degrees from OCCC provide.
OCCC’s biotechnology college classes and degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Oklahoma City Community College is authorized to offer college certificates, associate in arts degrees, associate in science degrees and associate in applied science degrees. In addition, OCCC is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and of the American Association of Community Colleges.
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OCCC Biotechnology Classes Mirror Job Requirements
When you study biotechnology at Oklahoma City Community College, you’ll have the chance to:
- Work at your own laboratory bench on every experiment in every class
- Spend as many as 15 hours per week working in the dedicated biotech lab
- Learn best laboratory practices for both accuracy and safety
- Gain critical laboratory skills biotech employers want
- Develop critical thinking and trouble-shooting skills
- Study and use latest technologies
- Gain experience in mammalian cell tissue culture
Our biotechnology labs feature the same equipment and methods that area biotechnology employers use:
- Cell tissue culture hood and CO2 incubator
- Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and real-time PCR
- Electrophoresis (for DNA and protein analysis)
- Phase-contrast microscopes
- Gel imaging system
Biotechnology Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma City Community College offers both a biotech associate in applied science degree and a biotech certificate of mastery program:
- Associate in applied science degree – biotechnology: This two-year associate degree program prepares you to work in lab and research settings, with little on-the-job training required. The degree program features a summer internship with a local biotech employer.
- Certificate of mastery – biotechnology: This intense, one-year biotech certificate program is the best option if you already have a science degree (either an associate in science or a bachelor of science) and simply need biotech lab experience.
Biotechnology Classes at Oklahoma City Community College
When you study biotechnology at Oklahoma City Community College, these required classes – and many others – provide both the science theory and the hands-on laboratory work you want. Your classes include:
- Advanced nucleic acid lab
- Cell culture methods
Visit OCCC’s online course catalog for full details of the biotechnology degree requirements and biotech class descriptions.
OCCC offers just one entry-level biotechnology class in the evenings, but our community college course schedule places the majority of the biotechnology classes during the day. And, due to the lab-intensive, hands-on nature of the programs, no online classes are available.
Director of Biotechnology, Professor of Biotechnology and Chemistry
Fabiola Janiak-Spens has been the director of the biotechnology program at OCCC since 2007 and teaches biotechnology and general chemistry courses. She enjoys teaching laboratory skills and watching her student’s succeed in obtaining employment as laboratory technicians following graduation from OCCC. Over the past five years, she has been awarded three, two-year internship partnership grants from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) for biotechnology internship student stipends. Janiak-Spens also coordinates the K12 biotechnology outreach program, providing laboratory supplies and biotechnology activity support to high school science teachers in Oklahoma. Prior to joining OCCC, she worked for 16 years as a research associate in biochemistry laboratories with mentors at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. Both her MS and PhD degrees are in biochemistry from the University of Oklahoma, Norman. Janiak-Spens also holds a Diplom-Chemikerin degree from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Fabiola Janiak-Spens was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, before coming to Oklahoma on a student exchange program.
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A.S. College of Lake County (Life Science)B.A. Southern Illinois University (Plant Biology)PhD. University of California (Integrative Biology)
OCCC designed its biotech programs to prepare you to enter the job market right away. Biotechnology laboratory technicians or research lab assistants often set up, run, and calculate results for projects. They may also assist in the manufacture of biotechnology products in FDA-controlled settings.
Biotechnology jobs exist in these (and many other) fields:
- Biomedical research, including DNA analysis for medical or law enforcement uses
- Biotechnology research and production in agriculture (pest- and virus-resistant crops)
- Biotech research and cleanup in environmental applications
- Manufacturing of therapeutic products
Below are just a few biotechnology employers in the Oklahoma City area. Often they provide OCCC students with both internship and employment opportunities.
- DNA solutions
- Analytical research labs (ARL)
- Cytovance Biologics
- OU Health Sciences Center
- Immuno Mycologics