The Biotechnology program at Bucks provides hands-on biotechnology and biomanufacturing training using state-of-the art equipment in well-equipped laboratory facilities on the Newtown campus. Courses in the laboratory based program includes instruction in molecular biology techniques including DNA fingerprinting, PCR analyses, bioprocessing, media preparation, mammalian cell culture, and protein purification techniques.
Graduates of the programs are well trained for employment as entry-level technicians in research labs as well and in the pharmaceutical manufacturing, forensic science, medical diagnostic testing, and food and beverage industries.
The Biotechnology program of study of study includes the:
Biotechnology Associate of Science (AS) Degree (61-63 credit hours)
This program is a comprehensive occupational degree program that includes 4 core laboratory based biotechnology courses for students with interests in biology and chemistry but have minimal laboratory experience. more
Biotechnology Cell and Tissue Culture Certificate (16 credits)
4 course program for students with some previous biology and chemistry coursework who would like to gain hands-on experience in biotechnology and biomanufacturing techniques. more
The certificate might also be of interest to non-occupational transfer majors looking to enhance their laboratory skills and supplement their Associate’s Degree. Biology, Chemistry, and Pre-Allied Health can complete the Certificate requirements by taking at most two or three additional biotechnology courses.
What is biotechnology?
Biotechnology is applied biology, using organisms to make useful products. Traditional biotechnology products include cheese, bread, beer and wine. Modern biotechnology products include medicines produced in bacteria, diagnostic testing kits, crops that are modified to be more productive or nutritious, and organisms that can degrade environmental contaminants.
Where do biotechnology lab technicians work?
Bio technicians work in many different types of laboratories in many different industry sectors. They work in university and government labs, pharmaceutical companies, food processing companies, and medical diagnostic companies
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