Oklahoma-based students who want to study biotechnology can find about three colleges and universities with either programs or classes in the discipline. The programs may include laboratory practicum components as well as internship requirements that promote hands-on learning. The following paragraphs provide overviews of what each school offers, while the table compares tuition rates and campus settings.
Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC)
Students in Oklahoma City can enroll at OCCC to earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Biotechnology or a biotechnology certificate. The associate's program is intended for students without prior experience or education in the field, while the certificate program is designed for students who have already earned an associate's or bachelor's degree. The curricula in both the 66-credit associate's program and the 21-credit certificate program focus on hands-on laboratory training. Students take classes in biotechnology, human immune systems, cell cultivation and biomanufacturing. Students in both the associate's and the certificate program also complete a 320-hour internship.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Durant is home to Southeastern Oklahoma State University, which offers an interdisciplinary biotechnology program through the Department of Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences and the Department of Biological Sciences. Students may learn about genetics and chemical procedures. Classes are grounded in chemistry and biology; topics include organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology. Additionally, students may conduct research and complete a senior seminar.
Tulsa Community College (TCC)
Students in Tulsa can earn a certificate or an associate's degree in biotechnology at TCC. Applicants to the certificate program must have sufficient education in chemistry and biology. The certificate program requires 26 credits, which are earned through six classes and an apprenticeship.
Students who want to earn an associate's degree have the option to complete the Associate in Science degree programs in biotechnology. The 67-credit AS program is designed to transfer to a bachelor's program. The curricula in this program includes classes like cell cultivation, molecular processes, lab skills and statistics.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Biotechnology Programs and Courses Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Oklahoma City Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Associate in Applied Science in Biotechnology,
Certificate of Mastery in Biotechnology
| $3,391 in-state,
|Southeastern Oklahoma State University||4-year, public; distant town||Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology|| $5,975 in-state,
$14,613 out-of-state per year
|Tulsa Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Certificate of Achievement in Biotechnology,
Associate in Science in Biotechnology
| $2,900 in-state,
$7,844 out-of-state per year
Source: *NCES College Navigator.