Associate in Applied Science Degree
Note: Beginning in fall 2008, biotechnology students requiring remediation in algebra must complete MAT 016, Intermediate Algebra, prior to taking courses in Biology and Chemistry.
The Biotechnology program is accredited by the American Chemical Society, Chemical Technology Program Approved Service (CTPAS).
Biotechnology, the most rapidly growing sector in the field of biology and a major industry in New Jersey, is the application of the basic principles of the life sciences in the study of plants, animals, microbes, tissues, cells, biological molecules, or a product that has a biological process attached to it. Students learn modern biotechnology methods and instrumentation and graduate with both theoretical knowledge and practical training and an Associate in Applied Science degree. Students are equipped with state-of-the-art skills including DNA fingerprinting, genetic engineering and HPLC, and are able to work directly in research and pharmaceutical laboratories, molecular genetics, cosmetic/personal care product laboratories, biochemical, and food or animal care facilities. Graduates qualify for positions as biotechnology technicians, staff technologists, research assistants, microbiologists, histologists, or cosmetic laboratory technologists. Students can make a choice for either direct employment and/or transfer to a four-year institution for a baccalaureate degree in biology or related scientific disciplines. Courses in this program are also ideal for retraining purposes.
Our Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) provides students the opportunity to gain valuable, practical skills working in industry as part of their educational experience.