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Biotechnology & Biomanufacturing

Create Your Success Story in Biotechnology & Biomanufacturing

California's burgeoning biomanufacturing industry is ripe for new faces! Students who complete Compton College's Biomanufacturing Program are likely to land a career as a biological technician, where you can work in a laboratory and run scientific tests, experiments, and analyses. The Biomanufacturing Program is best suited for students who have a passion for science, human biology, and health.

Courses include Fundamentals of Chemistry, Techniques in Cell and Molecular Biology, Technical Communication for Regulated Environments, and more.

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How can I apply?

Becoming a Compton College student starts by filling out a free online application. After that, there are a few simple steps to follow before it's time to enroll in classes. Click to get started today.

What are the steps to enrollment?

Click here for all the details you need to understand the process from application to graduation, but here's a brief summary of the steps to become a Compton College student.

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Explore your financial aid options
  3. Complete your online orientation
  4. Work with a counselor to create your educational plan
  5. Register for classes

Need more help? Click here for our virtual program guides.

What degrees and certificates are offered?

Associate in Science in Biomanufacturing (26 units)

Certificate of Achievement

  • Compton College offers two Certificates of Achievement for students in the Biomanufacturing Program:
    • Biotechnology Laboratory Assistant (8 units)
    • Biomanufacturing Technician (16 units)

How much does this program cost?

The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. For example, unit fees for a 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students qualify for financial aid or for the Compton College Promise Program.

How long is the program?

Program length varies depending on whether you are pursuing an associate degree or certificate and how many classes you are able to take each semester.

What types of jobs are available once I earn a degree or certificate?

  • Biological Technician
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Biotechnology Technician
  • Environmental Technician
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What is the salary range for jobs in this field?

The median salary for a biological technician in California is $53,075 and goes up based on the role and industry. Among biological technicians nationally, the lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,440, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,600.

Are there internships and/or work experience available?

Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is designed to provide Compton College students with workplace experience and enhanced skills. We invite you to learn more about the work experience process with us by visiting the CWEE website.

Why choose Compton College?

Compton College is a great value for students looking to make a change or enhance their career and get experience for in-demand, high-paying jobs. Our diverse programs, affordable fees, and outstanding student services are here to support your career goals. The Biomanufacturing Program is just one of many career paths we offer and trains students for industry success.

Can I transfer to a university after earning a degree?

Upon completing Compton College's Biomanufacturing Program, students can use their certificate and/or degree to work immediately or complete additional general education and major preparation coursework for transfer to a university.

What else do I need to know?

At least 50% of the major requirements for the associate degree must be completed at Compton College.

Who are the program contacts?

Gilberto Bejar
Student Services Advisor
Office: Welcome Center D-27

"I have had extraordinary advisors and counselors at Compton College that have motivated me to transfer. Thanks to Compton College, I can now say that I have a brighter future in academia and a strong support system that is rooting in my favor."
Stephanie Arely Zacatares, Compton College student


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