GPSTEM Biotechnology Program

GPSTEM Biotechnology

Liberal Arts — Biotechnology Concentration

The Biotechnology concentration in the Liberal Arts degree program provides...

This is a Mass Transfer eligible program.

What do biotechnologists do?
  • Acquire and modify biological molecules for the development of products, such as high-yield crops, disease-resistant farm animals, gene therapy treatments, drugs and biofuels.
  • Participate in a variety of fields such as; microbial, agricultural, plant, or medical biotechnology.
  • Research recombinant DNA and their protein products, DNA fingerprinting and forensics.
  • Utilize biological outcomes, computer science and information technology in the field of bioinformatics.
Where can a Biotechnology concentration take you?

Associate degree holders can seek immediate employment in laboratory research settings and local manufacturing.  Students are also encouraged to continue their education toward a Bachelor’s degree. 

Job Related Titles:

  • Biotechnician
  • Research technician
  • Calibration and quality assurance technician
  • Microbiology assistant
  • Manufacturing technicians
  • Data associates

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions through laboratory procedures.

Wages WAGES 

In Massachusetts, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians earn a median wage of $29,200 –$62,500 per year.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–15 Edition.


This is a MassTransfer eligible program. The MassTransfer program includes the MassTransfer Block — a set of general education, core requirements consisting of a minimum of 34 college-level credits. The program also ensures that a minimum of 60 credits will be accepted and applied to your baccalaureate program at a Massachusetts state university or University of Massachusetts campus. Depending on your GPA, you may also qualify for guaranteed admission and a tuition discount. For more information contact BCC Transfer Coordinator Geoffrey Tabor. 

Additional information on transfer agreements can be found at


Semester 1

  1. General Biology I
  2. Elementary Statistics
  3. English Comp/Writing 
  4. Behavioral Social Science
  5. Introductory Chemistry I

Semester 2

  1. General Biology II or Botany 
  2. Introductory Chemistry II
  3. Environmental Studies
  4. Communications
  5. English Comp/Writing

Semester 3

  1. Biological Lab Techniques
  2. Literature
  3. Organic Chemistry I
  4. Western Civ to 1500 or World History to 1500
  5. Precalculus I

Semester 4

  1. Professional Elective
  2. Western Civ Since 1500 or World History Since 1500
  3. Literature
  4. Behavioral & Social Science
  5. Environmental Studies

  • Berkshire Health Systems: BMC, Fairview Hospital, BMC Hillcrest Cancer Center, BMC/Fairview Medical Clinics
  • Nuclea
  • Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing
  • MCLA
  • Private laboratories throughout Berkshire County
  • MA Department of Conservation & Recreation
  • Environmental Consultants
  • City Health Departments: Pittsfield, North Adams, Adams, Great Barrington
  • City Parks Departments: Pittsfield, North Adams, Adams, Great Barrington


Contact our Career & College Navigator for more information:

Shelly Armstrong