Students choose from one of three biology curricula: traditional biology major, pre-professional and biotechnology. These curricula parallel the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in biology.
The Biotechnology curriculum prepares the students for biotechnology/biosciences programs at four-year institutions and for a future career in biotechnology. The students in this program acquire knowledge in general biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, genetics, microbiology, cell biology and molecular biology. The students will acquire competence in laboratory techniques and instrumentation that are relevant to the biotechnology industry. This degree transfers seamlessly (without loss of credit) to the Biotechnology B.S. degree at Rutgers University and to other universities.
Biotechnology is a branch of science in which we use living organisms to make useful products. Ever since we learned to manipulate DNA, the field has exploded in importance. We can diagnose and treat diseases, and create new and better crops to feed people; biotechnologists are developing oil-eating bacteria to combat oil spills and other environmental problems. We can make vaccines, antibiotics, antibodies, organs for transplantation, improved crops and biodegradable plastics. Biotechnology is essential to medicine, medical diagnoses, drug production, genetic testing, gene therapy, agriculture, crop protection, genetic engineering, forensics and environmental protection. It’s a fascinating field that is tremendously important to our nation’s future.
Why should you major in Biotechnology?
Biotechnology is an important science in the 21st century
Biotechnology teaches you how to manipulate living organisms to manufacture products intended to improve the quality of human life
It helps you develop workplace skills
It presents innumerable career options
Why should you choose the Biotechnology program at Middlesex County College?
If you complete your Associate degree in Biotechnology with a GPA of 3.0 or better at MCC, you will be guaranteed admission into the Biotechnology Program at Rutgers University, New Brunswick
All your credits will transfer and you will join Rutgers as a junior
The program at MCC will transfer to other four-year institutions
The curriculum will provide equal emphasis on theories and laboratory skills utilized by bioscience industries
MCC will have a cutting-edge biotechnology teaching laboratory by fall of 2010
Where can biotechnologists work?
Environmental biotechnology companies
Companies that make diagnostic and research products
Companies that make food products
Besides biotechnology companies, where can biotechnologists work?
University research labs
U.S. government laboratories like NIH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Forensic science departments
As patent lawyers
What are the salaries for these positions?
Scientist – $60,000-200,000
Clinical Research associate – 40,000-80,000
Manufacturing Supervisor – 80,000-120,000
Quality assurance manager – 80,000- 120,000
Medical writer – 80,000- 110,000
Business development manager – 80,000- 100,000
Regulatory affairs associate – 30,000- 50,000
Marketing Research manager – 80,000 -120,000
Legal counsel – 150,000- 250,000
What courses will prepare me well for the Biotechnology program?