The Biosciences Program at Merritt College offers students comprehensive training in cutting-edge technology for in-demand careers in the areas of microscopy, histotechnology, and genomics. Courses are taught in the state-of-the-art Barbara Lee Center for Science and Allied Health.

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Microscopy is the art and science of taking accurate, informative, and often beautiful images using a microscope. Fantastic new imaging tools are rapidly developing and used in a wide variety of scientific fields which include biotechnology, biomedical and academic research, forensics, and materials science.

Histotechnology is a specialized skill that involves thinly slicing and staining biopsy tissue and preparing slides for viewing under a microscope to diagnose diseases. Both histotechnology and microscopy students are in high demand with job openings across the country in private industry, universities, and hospitals.

Genomics is the branch of molecular biology concerned with the structure, function, evolution, and mapping of genomes. Experts in genomics strive to determine complete DNA sequences and perform genetic mapping to help understand disease.

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