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Merritt Microscopy, Genomics & Histotechnology Program Pages

Cohort 12 for the Microscopy & Histotechnician programs is now open for enrollment!

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The Merritt College Biosciences department’s mission is to provide our students with access to excellent careers in high demand fields, with an emphasis on increasing diversity in the sciences. Biosciences is a growing $177 billion dollar industry in California and the majority of the jobs are in the San Francisco Bay Area. We launch your career in biosciences through education and training in microscopy, histotechnology, and genomics.


Genomics is the study of DNA Sequences where we decode the genetic instructions of life. We locate genes and compare the genetic code between organism; between two individuals or between species.

The Genomics program prepares students to work as laboratory technicians in facilities utilizing DNA and RNA and protein studies for work in portions as lab tech, research assistant, clinical lab tech, (like Quest), bioinformatics (analysis of DNA data)


Histology, also known as microscopic anatomy or microanatomy, is the branch of biology which studies the microscopic anatomy of biological tissues. Histology is the microscopic counterpart to gross anatomy, which looks at larger structures visible without a microscope.

The histology program prepares students for positions in hospital and clinical diagnostic labs, biotech histotechnology labs, academic research labs, agricultural and plant pathology labs, and veterinarian labs. (put in bullets) Upon completion students are prepared to take the state board exam.


Microscopy is the art and science of taking accurate, informative and often beautiful images using a microscope. Microscopes enable us to see into a world otherwise hidden from the naked eye.

The microscopy program prepares students for positions, including staff an imaging core, research lab technician, imaging specialist in a research lab or biotech company, imaging equipment sales consultant, and imaging product manager.





Typically students find employment in the field within a year to 18 months.

We offer courses nights and weekends and online.

Our courses are accredited and many are transferable to CSU.


Merritt Biosciences students and graduates have gone on to intern or work at:



Bioscience Certificates: