Bridge to Biotechnology at Contra Costa College

The Biotechnology program at Contra Costa College offers students extensive hands-on experience with many experimental approaches and a variety of sophisticated instruments currently being used in different biotechnology companies.  For more information:

The program

Our program is modeled after a successful program called Bridge to Biosciences at City College of San Francisco. NSF funds were awarded to share this model throughout the country.  It is a cohort-based program that links an introductory biotechnology lab course with math, English, and professional development courses.  The algebra, writing, and reading students do in those courses is directly linked (week-by-week) with what is going on in the biotechnology lab course.


Students take 4 courses according to the following schedule:

Monday Psych103A (10:00-11:30-AM) BioSc172L (12:40-1:30PM)
Tuesday Math118 (9:40-11:00AM) Engl 142B (12:40-2:30PM)
Wednesday BioSc172L (12:40-3:00PM)
Thursday Math118 (9:40-11:00AM) Engl 142B (12:40-2:30PM)
Friday Math118 (11:10AM-1:00PM)

Click to see a PDF with LOTS of program information

Target students

Pre-science, Pre-nursing, Pre-transfer, Pre-technical


BioSc172L:  (Introduction to Biotechnology Lab- Katie Krolikowski)

IGETC Area 5B lab (along with BioSc172L lecture)

BioSc106 :  Students will likely pass challenge exam after this course

Engl142B:  (Writing: Expository – Lauren Nahas)

Ready for English 1A

Students directly experience utility of writing for other coursework

Math 118:  (Elementary Algebra- Ed Cruz)

Ready for Math 120

Students understand math as a useful language, used in problem solving

Psych103A: (Personal Development for College Success- Rebecca LaCount)

Ready for college!

This was the most-valued course by the Biotech Advisory Board!

Biotechnology Assistant Certificate of Achievement (12.5 Units)

Entry-level employment (media preparation, plant/animal care, etc.)

Ready to pursue Biotechnology Technician (BioSc157/9, BioSc172)



This product was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The product was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, expressed or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership.


Katie Krolikowski

(510) 215-3990

Biotech Certificates