Biotechnology curriculum is designed to meet the ever-expanding need
for trained personnel in the field of biotechnology. The commonwealth
of Massachusetts currently has the highest concentration of biotechnology
activity in the world. There are now over 300 companies employing more
than 30,000 people statewide. The biotechnology industry also employs
over 180,000 people across the United States. This industry continues
to grow in New England and is looking for trained employees. Graduates
of this program will be in a challenging, exciting field with excellent
benefits and opportunities.
What is biotechnology? The term biotechnology encompasses a wide
range of applications associated with the use of living things such
as cells and bacteria to make useful products. Current applications
of biotechnology include industrial production of pharmaceuticals such
as vaccines and insulin, genetic testing, DNA fingerprinting, and genetic
engineering of plants and animals.
Transfer Compact Option
The Biotechnology/Transfer Compact Option has been designed to meet
the transfer requirements of four-year public colleges or universities
that are members of the Commonwealth Transfer Compact, or those colleges
that are accredited by the AACSB. All course choices should be discussed
with the College's transfer counselor or your advisor, as different
institutions may vary in their particular program requirements.
The Biotechnology Career Option concentrates on the methodology and
techniques of microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, and
cell culture. Career option graduates will be qualified for positions
such as lab assistant, research assistant, media prep technician, quality
control inspector, safety technician, manufacturing technician, and
Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the
degree of Associate in Science in Biotechnology will be awarded.
A grade of "C" or better is required in all program courses.