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Biotechnology

Biotechnology

These are exciting times in biotechnology, where biology and state-of-the-art technology converge to help solve some of today’s most urgent issues. If you enjoy studying living organisms and like the idea of applying technological innovations to address pressing problems, a career in biotechnology would be a perfect choice. Amazing discoveries, inventive new products and dynamic new applications occur every day, making biotechnology an unprecedented opportunity in wide array of fields, from new crop developments, energy and fuels, medicine, space and many other opportunities.

Overall, biotechnology careers are expected to increase in demand over the next 10 years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 10% growth for biological techs, biochemists and biophysicists between 2012 and 2022, and a 7% increase in microbiologists' jobs. Increased demand for research in the biotechnology field and the aging baby boomer population are the key issues that the BLS names for the positive job growth in these fields.

The Biotechnology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program at GCC prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a baccalaureate (or higher) degree in one of many different academic programs.  Through the State University of New York seamless transfer initiative – GCC Biotechnology graduates can readily transfer to many colleges and universities for a degree in biotechnology—but also to other areas of bioscience such as microbiology, biochemistry, biophysics or biomedical engineering.

Why GCC?

The Biotechnology Associate in Science (A.S) degree program at Genesee, prepares you to transfer to many different four year college or university programs in biotechnology , chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, medical technology and many other science related programs.  Our program was designed to provide a strong foundation in biology and chemistry for students to have the laboratory and critical thinking skills they need to be successful in a four year degree program. This foundation will provide our students with skills to ultimately work in clinical and research lab settings in universities settings, pharmaceutical companies, food manufacturing companies, hospitals and biotechnology companies.

Genesee’s well-equipped labs and excellent faculty will provide the essential lab skills in the following areas:

  • Microbiology:  The fundamentals of lab safety, aseptic and sterile techniques, preparing differential media, using microscopes, bacteria culturing techniques and using a variety assays, including ELISA.
  • Electrophoresis Equipment and Operation: The basics of electrophoresis, micro pipetting techniques, gel photography and restriction digest mapping are some of the skills infused into the labs course in the curriculum.
  • Genetics Laboratory and Research:  DNA isolation, fingerprinting, quantification and PCR amplification are some of the skills to help students begin their studies in molecular biology.

Career Opportunities

Potential careers with a bachelor’s or higher degree in biotechnology or other biosciences include:

  • Bioanalytical Scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Biological Science Teachers (postsecondary)
  • Biological Technician
  • Biologist
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Biomedical Technician
  • Biostatistician
  • Biostatistician
  • Biotech Engineering
  • Biotech Marketing Specialist
  • Biotech Researcher
  • Biotech Sales
  • Biotechnologist 
  • Cell Biologist
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Geneticist
  • Life Scientists
  • Medical Scientists (except epidemiologists)
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologists
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Water Resource Specialists

Please contact our Career Center for more information.

Transfer Opportunities

Starting at GCC saves many students and their families thousands of dollars in tuition. With an A.S. or A.A. degree you will be able to seamlessly transfer within the SUNY network of 64 college and universities as well as to many 4-year private institutions. GCC's A.S. and A.A. programs were developed as part of the SUNY seamless transfer initiative allowing students to complete the first two years of a bachelor's degree as a freshman and a sophomore at a community college, then seamlessly transfer to a SUNY four-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree. Please reference the SUNY Transfer Pathways for degree programs to learn about any campus specific requirements. Visit the SUNY Core Course Finder to plan out the courses you should complete to transfer to a 4-year SUNY School.

If you are planning to transfer to a 4-year private institution you should work with our Transfer Services office to learn about possible articulation agreements and pathways that exist for many or our degree programs. Some GCC A.A.S. programs also have transfer opportunities.

To learn more about these opportunities and agreements contact the Transfer Services Office, we are more than happy to work with you and answer any questions you may have on building your own personalized transfer plan.

Transfer opportunities can include, but are not limited to:

  • Hunter College
  • Niagara University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • SUNY College at Cobleskill*
  • SUNY College of ESF
  • SUNY University at Buffalo

*GCC has current transfer agreements with the above noted institutions.