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Biotechnology

We are living in the midst of a biotechnology revolution. In the not too distant future, organ transplants will be a thing of the past. Doctors will use your DNA to determine treatment options. And these treatments will be available for animals and humans alike. Fueling all of this change is biotechnology. You can be one of these innovators not only by becoming a researcher, but also by following a variety of other career paths, including becoming a doctor, veterinarian, patent lawyer, health inspector, or environmental biotechnologist.

A biotechnology degree from Jamestown Community College is the first step. We prepare students for transfer to a four-year college to major in biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular genetics, immunology, and related fields. Our program is also good preparation for medical, veterinary, dental, and pharmaceutical school and it provides the robust, interdisciplinary training modern baccalaureate science programs demand.
 
You can find biotechnology employment in western New York. You don't have to move hundreds of miles away to work in biotechnology. We now have many biotechnology employers right in the area. They NEED YOU to be successful.

You can do real world research right here at JCC. Biotechnology students at JCC perform on-site research in multiple areas, including immunology, breast cancer, heartworm, and Lyme disease. Students can gain even more experience by taking part in the Science Undergraduate Research Initiative: Biotech (SURI). We're also involved with area high schools through the HURI SURI program, which is designed to give high school students a chance to perform actual research through an interdisciplinary, college level course called Biology: A Molecular Approach. 

Rub elbows with world-renowned scientists and Nobel Nominees. Several biotechnology students attended the Experimental Biology Conference in Washington, DC in April 2011 and the American Association of Immunologists meeting in Boston in May 2012.

 

Courses

Minimum program credit hours: 61-62

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
5604
Curriculum Code
1211
General Requirements
16 credit hours
6
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3
6
4
MAT 1600: Precalculus4
none
Core Requirements
42-46 credit hours
34-38
BIO 1570: Principles of Biology I4
CHE 1550: College Chemistry I4
CHE 1560: College Chemistry II4
CHE 2530: Organic Chemistry I4
CHE 2540: Organic Chemistry II4
BIO 2560: Genetics4
BIO 2800: Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIO 2810: Biotechnology Research2
BIO 1580: Principles of Biology II or BIO 2660: Zoology and BIO 2670: Botany4-8
4-8

Choose carefully from the following list depending on your desired transfer destination and intended area of concentration.

BIO 1700: Immunology4
BIO 1820: SURI: Biotechnology I4
BIO 2820: SURI: Biotechnology II4
BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 2531: Microbiology3
BIO 2532: Microbiology Lab1
PHY 1610: General Physics I or PHY 1710: Analytical Physics I4
PHY 1620: General Physics II or PHY 2710: Analytical Physics II4
Electives 3-4 credit hours
Important Points
  • Program completion will require students to attend some classes on the Jamestown Campus.
  • It is intended that the program core requirements and the additional science electives total a minimum of 42 hours.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply basic structure function relationships as they contribute to the effective design of biotechnology interventions.
  2. Apply basic concepts related to eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell and molecular biology that underpin gene expression and the manipulation of gene expression.
  3. Competently function in a state-of-the-art biotechnology laboratory in the context of the scientific method using appropriate safety procedures, necessary laboratory instrumentation and computer software, online databases and resources, professional laboratory record-keeping, and the critical reasoning needed for effective troubleshooting.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate professional conduct including scientific integrity, effectively using oral and written scientific communication, meeting deadlines, and working effectively on projects by themselves or as a team to reach a common goal.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural impacts of biotechnology and its related ethical dilemmas.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. Transfer of the A.S. Biotechnology degree can apply for a wide variety of degrees in the biological sciences, including degrees in biology, biochemistry, and molecular genetics. Please contact the coordinator of the biotechnology program for specific details.

View agreements which specify that students earn the A.S. Biotechnology degree (or in some cases a specified alternative degree):
Penn State Erie- The Behrend CollegeRochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
St. Bonaventure University
SUNY College at Brockport SUNY College at Buffalo (Buffalo State)
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Dr. Jacqueline CrismanAssociate Professor, Biology110 SCCE, Jamestown Campus716.338.1373Contact | Full Profile ▸