Welcome to the Biology Program
Biologists work to understand how the bodies of living organisms work, right down to the molecular level. Most of their occupations, teaching, consulting, and research involve being able to interpret, explain, and apply their work. They might be specialists in plants (botanists), animals (zoologists), or in a particular human anatomical, physiologic or cellular function, such as genetics. Biotechnologists apply biological advances to pharmaceuticals, medical diagnostics, agrichemicals, food and forensics. They need to be able to solve problems and communicate well and have skills in basic laboratory techniques. They use specialized scientific equipment to perform a wide range of procedures, such as growing and maintaining bacterial cultures, gene cloning, protein and DNA electrophoresis, microscopy, and reagent preparation.
Our Science and Technology program is regarded as one of the best in the country. Instruction is provided by highly qualified professional and academic experts in new state-of-the-art facilities. The requirements for Red Rocks' Associate of Science degrees in biology and biotechnology are rigorous and demanding. They include micro-cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, human anatomy and physiology. They provide the theoretical background and hands-on, practical experience necessary to be an effective laboratory technician after graduation or to transfer to a four-year college or university.
If you are fascinated with how living things work and have an interest in helping them stay healthy, a career in biology or biotechnology might interest you. Biotechnology, in particular, will be a major source of job growth and investment opportunity in the West in the 21st century. Colorado is a world leader in medical devices research and development. Nearly 400 biotech companies are headquartered here, employing more than 25,000 workers and generating more than $4 billion in annual revenues. Most make products for detecting, preventing and treating diseases and other medical conditions. Others make specialty chemicals and animal vaccines. Still others conduct research and make products used in food technology, mining, waste management, energy, and criminology. Depending on your specialty, entry-level biologists generally earn in the range of $22,000 per year. With advanced degrees, biologists can earn up to $65,000 in private industry. Biomedical engineers beginning as interns earn $31,000 per year. Experienced research scientists can command upwards of $75,000 per year.