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Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2010-2011 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2010-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biotechnology Technician

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Associate in Science

Bedford Campus - Evening and Lowell Campus - Day and Evening

Program Description:

The Biotechnology Technician Associate in Science degree program provides the education and training in the skills required for entry-level employment for technicians in biotechnology manufacturing, research, media preparation, validation, quality control, documentation and process operations. Some students who complete this program continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree and advanced degrees in biotechnology.

Career and Transfer Outlook:

Graduates of this program work in various departments and roles within the biotechnology industry. Some of the positions that MCC graduates have held include lab technician, cell culture technician, research technician, microbiology technician, chemistry associate, process operator, quality assurance manager and supervisors in various departments.

Helpful Hints:

Students must complete the courses in the certificate program before taking courses that are specific to the associate degree program. All students should take the required English and mathematics courses early in the program. Writing and mathematics are fundamental to every subsequent course in the associate degree program.

Program Outcomes:

 Graduates of the Biotechnology Technician program are prepared to:

 Laboratory Practices

  • Follow standard operating procedure (SOP);
  • Follow safety procedures and use laboratory equipment properly;
  • Follow Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP);
  • Maintain sterilized equipment and a clean environment;
  • Use computers to gather and process data, and use computerized instrumentation;
  • Exhibit appropriate workplace behaviors including teamwork, time management, effective communication and presentation skills, and integrity in their work.

Laboratory Techniques

  • Perform cell culture and use bioreactors for fermentation
  • Prepare solutions, buffers and media;
  • Perform sterile techniques;
  • Perform protein purification;
  • Perform ELISA using monoclonal antibodies;
  • Perform gel electrophoresis;
  • Perform Western and Southern blot transfers;
  • Perform identification of unknown bacteria.


Total Credits: 66-67

 ♦ Fulfills the Core Curriculum

Note: Some courses available only in Lowell. Additional coursework may be required based on college placement testing. Students are urged to meet with their academic advisor for proper course sequencing.

Admission Information:

Required Testing/ Prerequisites: Readiness for College Algebra II (MAT 080) and English Composition I (ENG 101) Readiness may be demonstrated through the college placement test or previous college coursework.

Admission Notes: No previous science background is required. The college offers accelerated math and writing classes during the summer to help students meet admission requirements for the fall.

Deadline: There is no deadline for applications.

Recommendation: Students planning to transfer to the Boston University Metropolitan College Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Sciences program should take college Chemistry l and ll (CHE 131 and CHE 132). Students planning to major in biology at any other baccalaureate degree-granting institution should check the requirements at the transfer institution.

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