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Biotechnology - Science Transfer

Biotechnology - Science Transfer

Program Code: BIOTC.AS
Associate in Science Degree

Biotechnology is a branch of science in which we use living organisms to make useful products, and is a rapidly-growing career path for the future. The program is designed to provide hands-on skills training in biotechnology, as well as an AS transfer option for students with interests in the biological sciences.

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Recommended Course Sequence

Below are required courses and recommended course groupings and sequences for program completion. Courses may have prerequisite and corequisite requirements.

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Semester I

1 - 3

Students may satisfy this requirement with any HED or PED course.

Semester II

Semester III

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE SS).

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

Semester IV

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Social Science (GE SS).

OR

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

Total Credits 65 - 67

Contact Information

Contact Name: Donna Howell, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2592
Contact Email: dhowell@middlesexcc.edu 
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/natural-sciences/

Frequently Asked Questions

Why major in Biotechnology?

Biotechnology offers multiple opportunities for work and research. Employment opportunities include: environmental, medical/ pharmaceutical companies; diagnostic and research products; food products; US government laboratories; police and forensic science departments; US Customs; patent law; and, science writing.

What will students learn if they study Biotechnology?

Students in this program acquire knowledge in biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, genetics, cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry. Students will demonstrate proficiency in chemical, biological, cellular, immunological and molecular techniques and lab instrumentation.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

A passing score on the College’s mathematics placement test for both Algebra I and Algebra II or MAT-013 and MAT-014 is required for biotechnology majors. In addition, a high school laboratory biology course with a minimum grade of “C” or BIO-010 and a high school laboratory chemistry or CHM-020 with a minimum grade of “C” are also required.

Can Biotechnology majors transfer to a four-year college or university?

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree, and will have completed all lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements with a number of public and private institutions provide guaranteed transfer into several Biotechnology programs, provided students meet specific GPA requirements. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the A.S. degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students may shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer sessions at the College.

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