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Community College of Rhode Island — Nutrition and Dietetics

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How do I prepare for a career in biotechnology?

Biotechnology offers one of those rare opportunities for you to begin working at the most basic of positions and then expand your career horizon as far and as wide as you wish. These opportunities in biotechnology are due to the many and varied career options available to workers with the right combination of training and experience. The best place to start is with a good foundation, and that foundation is education.

High School

In high school you should focus on the “STEM” disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for early preparation and future success. If your high school offers courses in biotechnology, take advantage of them. If you’re not sure if biotechnology is offered in your school, ask. Many schools have recently begun to incorporate biotechnology coursework into their science curriculum. If courses in biotechnology are not available then maximize your exposure to biology and chemistry courses. You may also search for vocational high schools that offer courses in biotechnology or colleges that allow students to earn college credit while still in high school.

Community College

CCRI’s Biotechnology Certificate Program provides the necessary academic courses as well as hands-on biotechnology experience to prepare you for an entry-level position in this dynamic and growing field.

You may complete your associate degree in biotechnology at CCRI, which will qualify you for more positions in the biotechnology field.


The University of Rhode Island offers a BS degree in Biotechnology for students who wish to expand further their professional horizons.

For course information within the major, go to the Curriculum Tab.
For experiential learning opportunities, go to the Experiential Learning Tab.