These are exciting times for careers in Biotechnology, where biology and state-of-the-art technology are converging to address and solve some of today’s most urgent health and scientific issues. Amazing discoveries, inventive new products and dynamic new applications occur every day, making biotechnology an unprecedented opportunity. The New York State Education Department estimated that the biotechnology sector will add 20,000 jobs per year, and the industry has been targeted for development by 40 state governments with a number of new initiatives.
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, or you can immediately launch your career with employment in research labs at educational institutions and at growing number of biotechnology companies.
GCC’s program was designed in cooperation with the biotechnology departments at several four-year colleges and universities in New York State providing a strong foundation for careers as a biotechnician. A Biotechnician sets up and operates laboratory equipment and experiments, gathers and records data, calculates results, and assists in research and in the manufacture of new products or systems, all under the guidance of scientists. There is a high demand for this type of employment in research laboratories in universities, as well as pharmaceutical and food processing companies.
At GCC, you’ll receive a foundation of knowledge in Biology and Microbiology and supplement your class time with hands-on experience in GCC’s well-equipped biology laboratories. Courses in the program focus on:
- Bacteriological Methods
- Cell and Tissue Culture
- Electrophoresis Equipment and Operation
After getting your GCC degree, some occupations you may consider are:
- Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
- Clinical Research Coordinators
- Life Scientists, All Other
- Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
- Molecular and Cellular Biologists
- Natural Sciences Managers
- Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
- Water Resource Specialists
Please contact our Career Center for more information.
GCC has many transfer agreements with 4-year institutions like:
- SUNY Buffalo
- SUNY Cobleskill
- SUNY College at Brockport
Please contact our Transfer Center for more information.