Students completing the CPB will not only be highly qualified for entry-level positions, but they will also be well
situated to continue their education in the biotechnology fields. All of the courses are requirements of DSU’s
Bioinformatics bachelors degree and they also meet many of the first-year requirements for any of the Biological
or Chemical degrees offered at DSU as well as the Bachelors in Computer Science.
A student completing any of the required courses for the CPB would have a stronger
background in biotechnology and could obtain an entry level job. If they start the process by
taking the high school-level Biotechnology course, they could take the CTE Biotechnology
A student completing all 21-22 credits of the CPB will have sufficient knowledge
and skill to be highly competitive for entry level jobs with salaries starting at $10-12/hour. These
students would require considerably less on-the-job training than their peers.
Students could stack the CPB toward the completion of an Associates of
Science by taking the additional 18-33 credits (depending on the courses chosen) required for
Students who stack the CPB toward the completion of a Bachelor’s would
be eligible for more advanced lab technician positions in management and starting salaries of
$14+/hour leading to a career with a median salary of around $62,000. Stacking the CPB toward
a Bachelor’s will also speed up the time it takes them to graduate as most STEM fields can take a
minimum of three years of course work even if a student has completed their general education
requirements through CE.
Biotech Certificate Courses
Object Oriented Programming
Genetics & Biotechnology
Principles of Biology Lab
Principles of Chemistry
Principles of Biology
Fundamentals of Programming
Principles of Chemistry Lab
While there are very few positions in southern Utah that require these advanced degrees, they often remain unfilled for years because of the lack of qualified applicates. BioStacks can help southern Utah train locals who are more likely to come home to fill these positions.
A Master’s Degree in a high-demand, applied area like Bioinformatics or Genetic Counceling takes two years to move into careers with starting salaries as high as $120,000
Students completing a Bachelor’s degree would be eligable for positions of $14+/hour leading to a career with a median salary of around $62,000
With just 18-27 college credits in addition to the CPB, students earn a degree that makes it easy to transfer for a Bachelor’d degree within the state.
$10/hr apprenticeships with DSU/SUU partners DxNA, LUMEA, Precision Genomics, and SoftCell Biological, provide real work experience and help students get thir foot in the door with local companies looking for skilled labor.
Certificate of Proficiency of Biotechnology
With 21-22 college credits that can be taken as part of concurrent enrollment, students earn a degree that provides them with sufficient knowledge and skill to be highly competitive for entry level jobs with salaries starting at $10-12/hour
Empoyers recognize the CTE Biotechnology exam taken after the CE Biotechnology course as a cfredential for bassic lab skills, but less than half pass this need additional training
DSU STEM Camps
Students are ecited about STEM and get information about careers and CE oppotunitiess in high school to better prepare them for graduation