Biotechnology

Welcome,

Thank you for considering the Science Laboratory Technology Program with a concentration in Biotechnology (SLT-Biotechnology).  We are very proud of the exceptional program that we have built over the years and look forward to meeting you.   

Two of the most common questions that we receive from our prospective students are ‘What exactly is Biotechnology?’ and ‘What can I do with a degree in Biotechnology? The answer to both questions is as broad as the questions themselves.  Biotechnology is not a pure scientific discipline, however, at its basic definition it is simply technology based on biology. Biotechnology combines aspects of several different biological fields including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and microbiology to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives. 

This is not a new field, but rather a growing industry.  Humans have harnessed various biological processes of bacteria and yeasts for more than 6,000 years to produce food products, such as breads, cheeses, beer, and wine.  Today’s biotechnology industry is focused on combating devastating diseases that not only affect humans, but also agricultural livestock and crops, as well as finding solutions to reduce our environmental footprint by producing cleaner and safer energy production and more efficient industrial manufacturing processes.  

As a biotechnologist, your job requirements can vary according to the needs of the company or laboratory that employs you, but there are many common responsibilities.  These responsibilities include, safety training, collecting samples, analyzing sample data, accurate record keeping, and ordering chemicals/equipment.  

The SLT-Biotechnology Program is intended to provide you with the necessary skill set for an entry biotechnician position in various regional academic, government, and private research laboratories.  In accordance with these goals, it is necessary for the technician to have ample training not only in the basic theories for each scientific assay but a practical hands-on knowledge of the operation of common laboratory equipment.  

As a capstone experience, you will complete a semester internship with one of our academic or business partners in the New Orleans area or if you have a particular laboratory already in mind we will work with you to create your ideal internship.   Upon completion of this SLT-Biotechnology curriculum, you will be able demonstrate proficiency in essential laboratory skills that will help you achieve the ultimate goal of being successfully employed in the emerging New Orleans biotechnology industry.  

We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve your goal!

Contact Us

Delgado Community College
615 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, LA. 70119
(504) 671-6148
btech@dcc.edu