Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María

University Technician in Biotechnology


The University Technician in Biotechnology study program trains technicians who will be able to perform satisfactorily in three work areas: testing laboratories and internal laboratories of molecular biology and microbiology companies, physicochemical testing laboratories and biotechnological product manufacturing plants, among others. The University Technician in Biotechnology is a professional capable of implementing and adapting new analytical methods, evaluating the performance of experimental variables and improving existing procedures. He/she is able to supervise the work of new analysts, evaluating their performance. In the process area, he/she controls the production processes in fermenters and other equipment for the production of biotechnological products.

The University Technician in Biotechnology seeks to contribute to the country with the training of specialists in the area of laboratory control with emphasis on molecular and immunological techniques, in order to respond to the growing need of the country to increase the training of technicians who have the versatility to perform in different areas of Biotechnology.

  • Professional Degree: University Technician in Biotechnology
  • Duration: 2 years (4 semesters)
  • Study regime: Daytime
  • Location: Viña del Mar Campus and Concepcion Campus


1st Semester
  • Elements of mathematics
  • Physical education
  • General chemistry
  • General chemistry laboratory
  • Biotechnology and bioethics
  • Cellular biology
2nd Semester
  • Applied mathematics
  • Introduction to physics
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Quantitative chemistry laboratory
  • Microbiology and virology
  • Molecular biology
3rd semester
  • Industrial biotechnology and bioreactors
  • Unit operations
  • Instrumental analysis
  • Agricultural and plant biotechnology
  • English I
  • Immunological and molecular techniques
4th semester
  • Bioreactor laboratory
  • Biotechnological processes in food and environment
  • Quality control of processes and products
  • Laboratory for plant cultivation
  • Biomedical and pharmaceutical techniques
  • PCR laboratory


At the end of the 4th semester, and as a degree requirement, the student must complete an industrial internship of 320 hours of duration and equivalent to 10 SCT (System of Transferable Credits, by its acronym in Spanish).

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