This option covers the concepts, methodology and techniques of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, cell culture, molecular biology, immunology, bioinformatics and microbiology. The option provides students with a rigorous academic background as well as industry-specific laboratory skills including sophisticated laboratory procedures, experimental design, data interpretation, and equipment maintenance. The program also reinforces general industry-specific skills such as communication, organization and teamwork. Graduates of this program may transfer to four-year colleges and universities to continue their studies in biotechnology or other life sciences.
* Milestone Courses should be taken in the order shown. This will help you stay on track and graduate on time.
Total Credits: 15
Semester 1 Advising Note
- If student is taking developmental math their first semester, they can supplement their schedule with General Education courses and College Writing I (ENG-111 ). Taking developmental math the first semester will require a student to attend for an extra semester and/or attend a summer session to complete the program.
- A student should consider taking one of their General Education courses during the summer session to lighten their academic load in semester two.
- General Education Quantitative Problem Solving and General Education Scientific Reasoning satisfied by Program.
- This is a day program only. The only biotechnology course offered in the evening is BIO-120 .
- Students who do not place into MAT-197 may need to take prerequisite coursework. This could require additionaltime to complete the degree. Math should be taken as early in the program as possible to ensure timely completion.
- ENG-112 College Writing II Credits: 3 *
- GenEd -CCC Community & Cultural Contexts Credits: 3
This course meets the General Education requirement for Community & Cultural Contexts
Choose one course from Community and Cultural Contexts Menu
- GenEd -E General Education Elective Credits: 3
This course meets the General Education requirement for General Education Elective.
Choose a course from the General Education Scientific Reasoning, Community/Cultural Contexts, Creative Work or Elective Menus.
- BIO-196 General Biology II & Lab Credits: 4
- BIO-207 Cell Biology & Lab Credits: 4 *
Total Credits: 17
Semester 2 Advising Note
- Three General Education menu courses must be completed during semesters 2 and 3, in no particular sequence.
- Meet with an advisor to begin career planning activities.
- Begin exploring transfer options: attend a transfer workshop and the College transfer fair.
Total Credits: 14
Semester 3 Advising Note
- Students in the Biotechnology option must complete BIO-120 before taking BIO-261
- BIO-262 is only offered in the fall semester, please see department chair for questions.
- To lighten the course load for semester 3, a student should consider taking either BIO-208 or CHM-201 during the preceding summer session.
- Continue preparations for transfer: write essays for transfer institution, collect letters of recommendation, apply for transfer.
- Complete a pre-graduation check with an advisor in LifeMap
- GenEd -CW Creative Work Credits: 3
This course meets the General Education requirement for Creative Work
Choose one course from Creative Work Menu
- CHM-202 General Chemistry II & Lab Credits: 4
- Elective- Option Elective Credits: 4
BIO-205 Microbiology & Lab , ENV-211 Environmental Microbiology/Lab , CHM-121 Principles of Organic & Chemistry W/Lab , CHM-251 Organic Chemistry I and Lab , CHM-252 Organic Chemistry II and Lab , CIT 110 - Applications/Concepts , MAT-181 Statistics I , MAT-281 Calculus I , MAT-282 Calculus II , SCI-221 Interpretation and Presentation of Scientific Research , SCI-150 Forensic Science and Lab , HON-200 Honors Seminar
- Elective- Option Elective Credits: 4
BIO 205 - Microbiology & Lab , ENV 211 - Environmental Microbiology/Lab , CHM 121 - Principles of Organic & Chemistry W/Lab , CHM 251 - Organic Chemistry I and Lab , CHM 252 - Organic Chemistry II and Lab , CIT 110 - Applications/Concepts , MAT 181 - Statistics I , MAT 281 - Calculus I , MAT 282 - Calculus II , SCI 221 - Interpretation and Presentation of Scientific Research , SCI 150 - Forensic Science and Lab , HON 200 - Honors Seminar
Total Credits: 14-15
Semester 4 Advising Note
- For the two option elective courses, students must complete a minimum of 7 credits. (One of the two electives courses must be a 4-credit course.)
- Apply for graduation
Upon Completion of This Concentration Graduates Will Be Able To:
- Use currently accepted biological, chemical, and physical concepts to investigate problems and ideas presented in advanced biological study.
- Use biological concepts to evaluate their own science related concerns such as personal health or careers.
- Use laboratory technology, equipment and techniques to investigate scientific problems critically and safely using proper scientific methods.
- Use molecular and cellular laboratory techniques that are commonly used in Biotechnology.
- Explain the major concepts of cell structure, function and cellular processes that are key to life.
- Explain current models, concepts and principles of genetics and inheritance.
- Explain and apply the underlying concepts of current topics and experimental models in molecular biology and Biotechnology.
- Use industry skills and work practices of the biotechnology industry for direct employment.
Students completing this option qualify for entry level positions in a wide range of biotechnology disciplines in industry, police, government and academic labs. These positions require a biotechnology certificate, AS degree or BS degree with 0-2 years of experience. Such positions offer the possibility of merit bonus and promotion and are available locally as well as nationwide.
- Fitchburg State University
- UMASS Boston University
- UMASS Lowell University