Des Moines Area Community College offers its students the opportunity to obtain a Biotechnology Associate in Science (AS) Degree, a Biotechnology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree or a Biotechnology Laboratory Methods certificate. Students in these programs are prepared for work in a laboratory position at a variety of companies and research institutions.With an AS Degree, students may choose to work after obtaining the degree, or build on their knowledge by transferring to a four-year college or university to continue their science education in the field of their choice. Students who graduate with this two-year degree are able to work safely in a laboratory with the ability to prepare solutions and media, use and maintain routine laboratory equipment and handle and store DNA, enzymes and chemicals. With an AAS. Degree, students may choose a concentration to help them begin their specific type of biotech career immediately after graduation. This includes agronomy, animal science and greenhouse production. The Biotechnology Laboratory Methods certificate was created for students who have previous coursework or experience equivalent to the core biotechnology AAS or AS program courses in biology and chemistry. This option is best for students who wish to update their skills, and receive the latest information in order to obtain a job in a laboratory setting.
DMACC’s programs provide students the chance to assist in cutting edge research in central Iowa’s fast-growing and exciting scientific frontier. Our students go on to become important links in the Corridor’s vast network of technology and scientific expertise.
Companies who have hired program graduates include:
BASF • Biova • Darling International • Des Moines Waterworks • Embra Health Sciences • Heska – Diamond Animal Health • Human Gene Therapy Reasearch Institute • Hygienic Lab – University of Iowa • Iowa State University • Kemin • Marzetti Foods • Monsanto • New Link Genetics • Pioneer Hi-Bred International • Stine Seed • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
100% of graduates have either continued their education after graduation or started working at full-time or part-time positions.
DMACC prepares students to earn an average starting salary of $30,000-$40,000 per year, with opportunities for advancement and benefit packages.
DMACC is fully accredited and offers one, two and three-year degree and certification programs transferrable to four-year universities or colleges.