Discover your future in biotechnology.

Small things can lead to big career opportunities when you earn a biotechnology associate degree from Monroe Community College. If you have an interest in chemistry and molecular biology – the study of life in its smallest, most fundamental form – you can enter a rewarding career in:

  • Health care
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Environmental testing
  • Food processing
  • University research

You can also choose to study for a bachelor's degree in a related field at prestigious schools like RIT, University of Rochester, University at Buffalo, and Syracuse University.

Feel at Home in the Lab

Your biotechnology program coursework will focus on essential molecular biology concepts, techniques, and instrumentation. Through classes and labs you'll develop an understanding of the interaction between the various systems of a cell, and operate laboratory equipment commonly used in a research setting. 
Upon graduation, you'll be qualified to pursue a career in a wide range of organizations engaged in molecular biology and research. Here is a sample of employers who would value your skills:

  • University of Rochester
  • Highland Hospital
  • Unity Health System
  • Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
  • FDA (Food and Drug Administration)

Practice Science and Save Lives

Understanding how organisms work allows us to develop drugs or vaccines to treat disease. With a biotechnology associate degree from MCC, you'll be ready to keep our food supply safe in positions like agricultural or food science technician, and join the fight against disease in positions such as these:  

  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biologist
  • Biochemist
  • Biophysicist
  • Medical and clinical laboratory technologist
  • Microbiologist

The biotechnology A.A.S. degree at MCC offers an excellent foundation in science and health-related academics. Instead of heading right into the profession, you may wish to earn a bachelor's degree. Our biotechnology graduates have gone onto programs at:

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Upstate Medical University
  • Stony Brook University
  • Alfred University
  • University at Buffalo
  • University of Rochester
  • Binghamton University
  • Syracuse University

To find out more about the biotechnology A.A.S. degree from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at or (585) 292-2200.


A.A.S. Degree - Career Program


School(s): Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

CIP Code: 41.0101
MCC Program Code: BT01
NYSED Code (BRI): 85078

Biotechnology is best defined as the exploitation of biological systems or processes. Although this is not an entirely new concept, the current biotechnology boom is the result of recent developments in molecular biology knowledge and techniques.
The Biotechnology career program is recommended for individuals with a strong interest in biology, biochemistry and molecular genetics. Emphasis will be on the molecular biology concepts, techniques, and instrumentation that are basic to understanding the application of biological systems. Graduates of this program may be employed in health care and pharmaceutical companies, microbiological and environmental testing companies, food processing industries, and any university or industry laboratory engaged in molecular biology research and development. Students who are not seeking immediate employment have the option of transferring to a four-year institution to pursue an advanced degree.
Recommended Preparation: Students who plan to complete this program in two years should have successfully completed high school biology with a grade of B or better and high school chemistry with C or better, and three years of high school mathematics including trigonometry; high school physics is recommended.
(Housed in Biology Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Communicate effectively in writing.
2) Demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
3) Solve problems related to biological topics.
4) Utilize appropriate computer skills effectively for routine laboratory applications.
5) Discuss foundational concepts in the discipline of molecular biology.
6) Discuss foundational concepts in the discipline of biochemistry.
7) Apply the principles of core molecular biology techniques commonly employed in a research/industry laboratory.
8) Conduct appropriate experiment protocols.
9) Analyze and interpret experimental data.
10) Operate laboratory equipment commonly used in a research/industry setting.

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Requirements for Program Entrance
Intermediate Algebra with Trigonometry (or MTH 104 at MCC). Biology, Chemistry.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
BIO 155 General Biology I4
CHE 151 Principles of Chemistry I 4
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
BIO 156 General Biology II4
CHE 152 Principles of Chemistry II 4
THIRD SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
BIO 221 Principles of Biochemistry 4
BIO 209 General Microbiology 4
BIO 225 Bioanalytical Techniques I 4
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
BIO 230 Molecular Genetics 4
BIO 226 Bioanalytical Techniques II4
BIO 227 Biotechnology Seminar1

* MTH 160 or MTH 165 or higher.
** PROGRAM ELECTIVES to be chosen from the following: CHE 251, CHE 252; CRC 101 or CRC 125 or equivalent; PHY 145, PHY 146 or higher. Final selection of courses should be made only after consulting with program advisor.
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