Frequently Asked Questions

What is Biotechnology?
Biotechnology is the application of living organisms and their products in many fields such as medicine, agriculture, food processing, forensics and environmental science. Biotechnology focuses on research and development of new materials that improve human health and quality of life. Biotechnologists are members of professional teams that also include engineers, biologists, chemists and statisticians. Biotechnologists are employed in hospitals, laboratories and industry. They work in research, product development, manufacturing, quality control and assurance, analytical testing and marketing.

How is biotechnology different from biology?
Biotechnology is the practical application of biology to solve problems and create useful products.

What type of training do I need for a career in biotechnology?
You will require basic biology and chemistry laboratory skills, communication skills, computational skills and the ability to participate effectively in team planning and implementation of projects. The biotechnology program offered at College of DuPage will enable you to develop all of these skills.

Must I obtain a four-year degree?
A four-year degree is not required. Many opportunities for employment as a lab technician exist that require only a Certificate or an Associate in Applied Science degree.

What is the IAI? (Illinois Articulation Initiative)
The IAI General Education Core Curriculum is a package concept in which a package of courses meets the receiving institution's lower-division general education requirements. The entire IAI package must be completed to ensure full articulation. Always seek the advice of an academic advisor at College of DuPage or an admissions counselor at a transfer institution when choosing major courses. For additional information, check the web site at: or the COD Transfer Tips website.


Career Information

If you are considering this program as an area of study, consult with a faculty advisor in this field. To send an e-mail, click on the name of the advisor you wish to reach:

Karen R. Persky, Biology
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 2321, (630) 942-3932

Richard Jarman, Chemistry
Health and Science Center (HSC), Room 3333, (630) 942-2451