About Biotechnology

Biotechnology is a rapidly growing field that has an increased need for skilled laboratory technicians. Butler’s advanced biotechnology degree prepares you for an entry-level position in a laboratory. Either go straight to work in a university, medical center, food or pharmaceutical lab, or transfer to a four-year science program.

Become Competent in:

  • Employing standard testing procedures
  • Techniques for laboratory analysis
  • Maintenance of equipment
  • Operation of equipment
  • Safe lab techniques
  • Manipulation of DNA
  • Manufacturing-scale biotechnology processes
  • Bacterial, mammalian and plant cell culturing techniques
  • Handling of tissue cultures

Earning a Certificate:

Butler Community College and Manhattan Area Technical College’s (MATC) BIOTEKS (Biotechnology Training in Kansas) program have joined forces to expand the availability of biotechnology instruction in Kansas.

  • View lectures online through MATC (Manhattan Area Technical College), partner institution in biotechnology
  • Attend lab courses at Butler
  • Students must be accepted into the program and dual register
  • There are three prerequisite/concurrent classes required to finish the program.  Microbiology (BI250), Chemistry (CH110), and a Lab biology class (usually BI 110 or BI 215) or equivalent classes from another institution.

The certification program extends over a three-semester period culminating during the summer session with an internship at a biotechnology company/lab.