Biotechnology Concentration

Program Advisor: Gina Foley, 413-236-4522

Biotechnology is an expanding field which blends life sciences and engineering.  It is a well-established yet, at the same time, fast developing and diverse field. The biotechnology concentration offers skills and knowledge in medical, biotechnology, environmental, and chemical biotechnology, providing a strong foundation in subject matter, applications, and methodology of the field.

The curriculum prepares for employment as well as transfer into baccalaureate programs.

BCC's biotechnology program is closely linked to baccalaureate programs in the region and coordinated with academic institutions and biotechnological industry in the Common- wealth. BCC's variety of science courses provides a solid foundation and allows students to add special focus. Individually tailored internships help prepare students for their chosen career. This is a MassTransfer eligible program 


 Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Understand relevant principles of cell biology, microbiology, and genetics as they relate to medical, agricultural, environmental, and chemical biotechnologies.
  • Perform laboratory work and analyses with cells, proteins, and genes as they relate to biotechnology fields.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of concepts of experimental design, research and development.
  • Understanding of concepts of workplace functions, standard operating procedures and professional protocols as they relate to biotechnological operations.
  • Follow appropriate safety precautions, emergency response protocols and hazardous materials use and management typical of those found in biotechnology.
  • Possess the academic skills, behaviors and attitudes to successfully pursue further studies in a Biotechnology-related discipline.


To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 62 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

Program 25 Credits
BIO 101  General Biology I 4
BIO 102  General Biology II or  
BIO 111  Botany 4
BIO 132  Biological Laboratory Techniques 1
BIO 230  Biotechnology 4
BIO 275  Independent Study or Professional Elective (see footnotes 1 and 2) 2
CHM 201  Organic Chemistry I  4
ENG  Literature 3
MAT 123  Elementary Statistics 3
General Education 37 Credits
 CHM 101  Introductory Chemistry I 4
 CHM 102   Introductory Chemistry II 4
 COM  Communication 3
ENG   English Composition/Writing 6
ENG  Literature 3
HIS 113   Western Civilization to 1500  or  
HIS 121 World History to 1500 3
HIS 114   Western Civilization Since 1500 or  
HIS 122   World History Since 1500 3
MAT 121   Pre Calculus I (or higher)  4
Behavioral and Social Science 6
Environmental Studies  4
Additional   As Shown 
Core Competencies Portfolio (items) 4
 Forum (units) 4
Health/Fitness 30 hours
Minimum Cumulative Averages Overall : 2.000
Area of Specialization: All Required  
BIO & CHM Courses & Science Electives 2.000

Suggested Block for Program Completion

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time to complete the program may vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester 18 Credits
BIO 101 General Biology I 4
CHM 101 Introductory Chemistry I 4
MAT 121 Precalculus I (or higher) 4
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
Behavioral and Social Science 3
Second Semester 18 Credits
BIO 102 General Biology II or  
BIO 111  Botany 4
BIO 132  Biological Laboratory Techniques 1
CHM 102  Introductory Chemistry II 4
MAT 123   Elementary Statistics 3
Science Elective (see footnote 3) 3
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
Third Semester 14 Credits
BIO 230  Biotechnology 4
CHM 201 Organic Chemistry 4
HIS 113   Western Civilization to 1500 or  
HIS 121   World History to 1500 3
ENG Literature 3
Fourth Semester  12 Credits
BIO 275 Independent Study or  
Professional Elective (see footnote 2) 3
HIS 114   Western Civilization Since 1500 3
ENG Literature 3
Behavioral and Social Science 3
Environmental Studies (see footnote 1) 1
  1.   Independent Studies will be assigned in accordance with students' goals and performance. This may include internship opportunities in a biotechnology-related field.
  2.   Professional Electives may be chosen from BIO, CHM, ENV or ENT designated courses. Completion of an environmentally focused laboratory science (such as BIO 109 or 110, or ENV 101 or 102) will also fulfill the Environmental Studies requirement.
  3.   Students meeting this requirement with a 3 credit mathematics course will need 3 credits to complete their professional elective.