SUNY SCCC students work in the Biotechnology Laboratory and Research Facility.

Biotechnology (A.S.)

The Biotechnology program is designed to meet the needs of an expanding biotechnology industry in the Capital Region as well as throughout the United States. Numerous opportunities in research and development and manufacturing facilities have been identified. The 61-credit degree program will provide students with foundational course work biology, biotechnology laboratory techniques, physical sciences, and mathematics as well as other general education courses. The new program is designed to provide specific course work for students seeking to transfer to a baccalaureate degree with a biotechnology or cellular and molecular biology focus. 

Goal I: Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental principles of biology, cell and molecular biology, and chemistry.

  • Demonstrate the ability to use the scientific method to develop and test a hypothesis.
  • Explain biological and cellular phenomena using scientific concepts and principles.
  • Analyze and solve quantitative problems in cellular and molecular biology using mathematical reasoning and representation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical development of and cultural influences on the development of biotechnology and on their applications.

Goal II: Demonstrate an understanding of the methods of research and analysis.

  • Perform laboratory experiments following a written protocol.
  • Utilize appropriate scientific instruments and technology to make accurate measurements and to collect data.

Goal III: Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

  • Maintain appropriate laboratory and technical documentation.
  • Write a laboratory report that accurately represents experimental outcomes and utilizes appropriate literature resources and citations.
  • Prepare and deliver oral presentations of scientific and technical information and experimental results.