Biotechnology, A.S.

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We are at the beginning of a new phase of individually tailored medical diagnosis and treatment, and advances in biotechnology are the driving forces behind it. In addition to medicine, DNA, RNA, and Proteomic analysis are being used in forensics, evolution studies, and environmental conservation. It has been estimated by New York State that the biotechnology industry will create 20,000 jobs per year.

The Biotechnology Associate Degree (A.S.) degree program at NCCC will prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree or higher. Biotechnologists will gain employment in both the public and private sector in research, crime and medical laboratories, educational institutions, and biotechnology companies. The degree program provides a basic foundation, including biology, chemistry, cell/molecular biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, and biotechnology. The program-specific courses emphasize hands-on applications of the techniques needed in the laboratory setting, including DNA, RNA, and Protein manipulation and analysis.

Program Goals and Objectives
  • Graduates will be able to perform technical procedures such as DNA extraction and characterization, electrophoresis, cloning, polymerase chain reaction, protein isolation and purification.
  • Graduates will understand the basic principles of genomics, proteomics and systems approaches in biotechnology and the basic bioinformatics-based analysis used to approach them.
  • With these new techniques come new ethical challenges, and our graduates will evaluate the societal issues and implications of biotechnology.

Alumni Spotlight

Nathan Hejza ‘16

“What I liked most about the biotechnology program was the support that I received from the faculty. Most of the professors that I had studied under were always willing to work with me to reach my goals. I chose NCCC because it allowed me to explore my options at an affordable price. In Biotechnology, curiosity, persistence, and communication skills are built on a daily basis and can lead you to promising places related to the field. Since graduating from NCCC I have finished a BS in Biotechnology from Niagara University, and an internship at a plant biotech company known as 22nd Century Group. This internship eventually led me into a full-time position with them as a research scientist and I have been happy working with them in the effort to reduce the harm caused by smoking.”

Nathan Hejza

Degree Program Learning Outcomes

The assessment of student learning outcomes is not only a key indicator of program effectiveness, it is also one of the standards of excellence identified by the Middle States Commission (Standard 5) and is required through the SUNY assessment initiative.

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Program Contact

Dr. Estelle Steiner
Program Coordinator
Phone: 716-614-6418
Location: C-246
Division Office: 716-614-6410