Biotechnology Option – Science Transfer Degree
Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree
Students choose from one of three biology curricula: traditional biology major, pre-professional and biotechnology. These curricula parallel the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in biology.
The Biotechnology curriculum prepares the students for biotechnology/biosciences programs at four-year institutions and for a future career in biotechnology. The students in this program acquire knowledge in general biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, genetics, microbiology, cell biology and molecular biology. The students will acquire competence in laboratory techniques and instrumentation that are relevant to the biotechnology industry. This degree transfers seamlessly (without loss of credit) to the Biotechnology B.S. degree at Rutgers University and to other universities.
Biotechnology is a branch of science in which we use living organisms to make useful products. Ever since we learned to manipulate DNA, the field has exploded in importance. We can diagnose and treat diseases, and create new and better crops to feed people; biotechnologists are developing oil-eating bacteria to combat oil spills and other environmental problems. We can make vaccines, antibiotics, antibodies, organs for transplantation, improved crops and biodegradable plastics. Biotechnology is essential to medicine, medical diagnoses, drug production, genetic testing, gene therapy, agriculture, crop protection, genetic engineering, forensics and environmental protection. It’s a fascinating field that is tremendously important to our nation’s future.
Why should you major in Biotechnology?
- Biotechnology is an important science in the 21st century
- Biotechnology teaches you how to manipulate living organisms to manufacture products intended to improve the quality of human life
- It helps you develop workplace skills
- It presents innumerable career options
Why should you choose the Biotechnology program at Middlesex County College?
- If you complete your Associate degree in Biotechnology with a GPA of 3.0 or better at MCC, you will be guaranteed admission into the Biotechnology Program at Rutgers University, New Brunswick
- All your credits will transfer and you will join Rutgers as a junior
- The program at MCC will transfer to other four-year institutions
- The curriculum will provide equal emphasis on theories and laboratory skills utilized by bioscience industries
- MCC will have a cutting-edge biotechnology teaching laboratory by fall of 2010
Where can biotechnologists work?
- Environmental biotechnology companies
- Medical/pharmaceutical companies
- Companies that make diagnostic and research products
- Companies that make food products
Besides biotechnology companies, where can biotechnologists work?
- University research labs
- U.S. government laboratories like NIH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Police departments
- Forensic science departments
- U.S. Customs
- As patent lawyers
- Science writers
What are the salaries for these positions?
- Scientist – $60,000-200,000
- Clinical Research associate – 40,000-80,000
- Manufacturing Supervisor – 80,000-120,000
- Quality assurance manager – 80,000- 120,000
- Medical writer – 80,000- 110,000
- Business development manager – 80,000- 100,000
- Regulatory affairs associate – 30,000- 50,000
- Marketing Research manager – 80,000 -120,000
- Legal counsel – 150,000- 250,000
What courses will prepare me well for the Biotechnology program?
- BIO 010, BIO 123 & BIO 124
- CHEM 020, CHEM 121 & 125; CHEM 122 & 126
- MAT 129
If you have any questions please contact Dr. Uma Narayanan, ext 3146; Office LH Room 238; firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Trace Gerow, chair of the Biology Department, ext 7701; Office LH 118; Tgerow@middlesexcc.edu