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Biotechnology (A.S.)

Study biotechnology at JCC

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 become a researcher, doctor, veterinarian, patent lawyer, health inspector, or environmental biotechnologist.

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.


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Minimum program credit hours: 63

Some courses need to be completed on the Jamestown Campus.

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
16 credit hours
ENG 1510: English Composition I3
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
Social Sciences Electives - SUNY Gen Ed3
Social Sciences Electives

(up to 3 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific)

MAT 1600: Precalculus

(or higher)

Core Requirements
42 credit hours
BIO 1575: Biology: A Molecular Approach or BIO 1570: Principles of Biology I4
BIO 1580: Principles of Biology II4
BIO 2560: Genetics4
BIO 2800: Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIO 2810: Biotechnology Research2
CHE 1550: College Chemistry I4
CHE 1560: College Chemistry II4
CHE 2530: Organic Chemistry I4
CHE 2540: Organic Chemistry II4
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
BIO 2840: Immunology4
PHY 1610: General Physics I or PHY 1710: Analytical Physics I4
PHY 1620: General Physics II or PHY 2710: Analytical Physics II4
5 credit hours

At least 3 credits must be SUNY General Education-category specific.

Important Points
  • *BIO 1575: Biology: A Molecular Approach is the preferred course.
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.