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These are exciting times in biotechnology, where biology and state-of-the-art technology converge to help solve some of today’s most urgent issues. If you enjoy studying living organisms and like the idea of applying technological innovations to address pressing problems, a career in biotechnology would be a perfect choice. Amazing discoveries, inventive new products and dynamic new applications occur every day, making biotechnology an unprecedented opportunity in wide array of fields, from new crop developments, energy and fuels, medicine, space and many other opportunities.

Overall, biotechnology careers are expected to increase in demand over the next 10 years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 10% growth for biological techs, biochemists and biophysicists between 2012 and 2022, and a 7% increase in microbiologists' jobs. Increased demand for research in the biotechnology field and the aging baby boomer population are the key issues that the BLS names for the positive job growth in these fields.

The Biotechnology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program at GCC prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate (or higher) degree in one of many different academic programs.  Through the State University of New York seamless transfer initiative – GCC Biotechnology graduates can readily transfer to many colleges and universities for a degree in biotechnology—but also to other areas of bioscience such as microbiology, biochemistry, biophysics or biomedical engineering.

Why GCC?

The Biotechnology Associate in Science (A.S) degree program at Genesee, prepares you to transfer to many different four year college or university programs in biotechnology , chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, medical technology and many other science related programs.  Our program was designed to provide a strong foundation in biology and chemistry for students to have the laboratory and critical thinking skills they need to be successful in a four year degree program. This foundation will provide our students with skills to ultimately work in clinical and research lab settings in universities settings, pharmaceutical companies, food manufacturing companies, hospitals and biotechnology companies.

Genesee’s well-equipped labs and excellent faculty will provide the essential lab skills in the following areas:

  • Microbiology:  The fundamentals of lab safety, aseptic and sterile techniques, preparing differential media, using microscopes, bacteria culturing techniques and using a variety assays, including ELISA.
  • Electrophoresis Equipment and Operation: The basics of electrophoresis, micro pipetting techniques, gel photography and restriction digest mapping are some of the skills infused into the labs course in the curriculum.
  • Genetics Laboratory and Research:  DNA isolation, fingerprinting, quantification and PCR amplification are some of the skills to help students begin their studies in molecular biology.

Career Opportunities

Potential careers with a bachelor’s or higher degree in biotechnology or other biosciences include:

  • Bioanalytical Scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Biological Science Teachers (postsecondary)
  • Biological Technician
  • Biologist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biomedical Technician
  • Biostatistician
  • Biostatistician
  • Biotech Engineering
  • Biotech Marketing Specialist
  • Biotech Researcher
  • Biotech Sales
  • Biotechnologist 
  • Cell Biologist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Geneticist
  • Life Scientists
  • Medical Scientists (except epidemiologists)
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologists
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Water Resource Specialists

Please contact our Career Center for more information.

Transfer Opportunities

GCC has many transfer agreements with 4-year institutions like:

  • RIT
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • SUNY College at Brockport

Please contact our Transfer Center for more information.