College of Natural Sciences Biotechnology Partnership with Austin Community College

Graduate ready to start a career in Biotechnology

The College of Natural Sciences at UT Austin has partnered with Austin Community College’s Biotechnology Program, to enable students to simultaneously earn their bachelor’s degree from UT and the ACC Biotechnology Certificate acquiring skills for biotechnology industry careers.

Overview of Biotechnology Pathway

Once admitted into the Biotechnology Program students enroll in specialized coursework offered through Austin Community College. Students will learn through advanced laboratory courses the skills for a career in biotechnology or post-graduate education and earn either a . Some of the topics include biomanufacturing, cell culture methods, biotech project management, as well as how the highly regulated biotechnology industry environment functions to assure quality and safe product manufacturing.


Application Information

Attend an Information Session!

 *If you are using financial aid be sure to complete the consortium agreement!


 View the Biotechnology Certificate Information/Courses

Step 1: Assess your eligibility

  1. Be in second-year standing or beyond
  2. Be in good academic standing


Online Information Session RSVP system 

Step 3: Apply and Register at ACC

Be sure you have transportation to the site of your course (Round Rock or Eastview campus).


  1. Make a plan of what courses you will take and when. Be sure to share this with your regular academic advisor. 
  2. Decide on courses and then register and pay for classes. Even though UT Austin is your home institution for financial aid you still will need to pay ACC directly. 
  3. Submit a financial aid a consortium agreement form every semester you take a course(s) with ACC. 

Explore the ACC courses here

FAQs about this program

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Hear what UT Students that Participated in this Program have to say

Student in graduation robe in front of the UT Tower.

 I graduated with my B.S. in Biochemistry in May of 2022, and I took Biomanufacturing and Quality Assurance over the summer. I have accepted an offer at Molecular Templates as an Associate Scientist in the Research and Development department. I hope to use this position as a stepping stone for graduate school, where I want to pursue a Ph.D. in either gene therapy or biotherapeutics. 

From these courses, I have gained a better understanding of how biotech companies operate, what they look for in prospective employees, and most importantly, I have a marketable skill set that is sought out by these companies. I also learned about the various departments within a biotech company, and I figured out which departments I would like to seek employment in. I want to become a researcher, and the job position that I have accepted involves active research as part of the role, which I can use this experience to boost my graduate school applications in the future.  I cannot recommend the biotech program at ACC enough for UT students who want to expand their knowledge and technical skills in this field. If I had known about this program prior to my last semester of college, I definitely would have joined sooner!”  - Mackenzie Chapman

“Biotech is the future, plain and simple. As technology advances and researchers keep discovering new things, our ability to manipulate biological matter improves all the time. The demand for new and better ways of fighting disease, crops that can withstand harsher environmental conditions, and even wilder applications like gene editing are going up as well. The limit of what's possible is still being explored since the industry is so new. I'm beyond excited to be here relatively close to the start, where I have a chance to participate in and possibly even shape the evolution of the industry.” Kyle Folkers, UT Biology, Class of 2023

Why Biotech

Biotechnology has the power to improve health, agriculture, the environment and improve industrial manufacturing processes. There are biotechnology hubs all across the US and in Austin alone there are over 200 life sciences companies, working to find solutions to infectious diseases and chronic conditions. Austin and Texas continues to attract biotechnology industries and you could have a career in healthcare, agriculture, environmental industry or regulatory bioscience. You can have a career in cutting-edge research, manufacturing, and many more aspects of biotechnology that you will discover along your educational journey.

The skills that you will learn can lead you to a career in biotechnology, or gain valuable skills and real-world experience for further post-graduate studies.

FAQs about this program

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