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Iowa Western Community College

Microbiology Transfer

Microbiology Transfer

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.S.

Average Class Size: 20
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus,  Clarinda Center

About the Program

Looking for a challenging, yet highly rewarding career? Turn to Iowa Western’s Pre-Biotechnology and Molecular Biology study program for a shot at becoming an entry-level laboratory technician in research and/or biotechnology labs. Included in this program is the study of recombinant DNA in conjunction with biology, chemistry, and lab courses. Other areas of concentration include:

  • Protein technology
  • Tissue Culture
  • Molecular genetics

You can earn an Associate of Science degree after being immersed in a program emphasizing molecular and cellular biology while using the latest biotechnology equipment. You’ll master PCR technology and gel electrophoresis and collaborate with local industries for the best understanding of basic information about the career fields.

Iowa Western’s facilities and equipment match up against many large four-year institutions. You’ll be prepared to become a highly-skilled technician who can support the diverse and expanding medical, bioscience, agrichemical, and pharmaceutical research and production industries.

Career Information

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year degree. As a microbiologist, you would be responsible for investigating the growth and characteristics of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, and fungi. Microbiologists may work in government or private industry as research assistants in laboratories, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies. In general, a minimum of a bachelor’s degree is necessary to find employment in the field. Advanced degrees such as a master’s degree or Ph.D are necessary to be considered for certain research positions.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the relationship of the periodic table of the elements to the functions of organic molecules.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of heredity and diversity of ecosystems.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the relationship of kingdoms and phyla.
  • Demonstrate competence in the scientific laboratory.


* A.A. and A.S. Degree Programs provide students a general education core in Communications, Social Sciences, Science & Mathematics, Humanities, and Diversity. The foundation of required and elective courses prepares students for transfer into a four-year college or university bachelor's degree Program.