Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing Certificate (BTC)

Biotechnology uses living organisms, usually microscopic, to manufacture drugs or other chemicals for the purpose of enhancing medical care or altering a process which improves living conditions for the general population. Careers in biotechnology/biomanufacturing will continue to advance. The Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing certificate curriculum will offer excellent academic and skill development for anticipated positions in the biotechnology industry. For more information, please call 978-630-9572.

Number Suggested Course Order

Cr

Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
BTC101 Introduction to Biotechnology

4

    ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement
BTC102 Basic Solution and Media

Preparation

3

    ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement
CHE203 Introduction to Inorganic,
Organic, and Biochemistry

4

    ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement
MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)

3

    MAT096 or placement
BTC191 Quality & Compliance

3

    BTC101, BTC102
BTC120 Biotechnology Experience II:     Biomanufacturing

4

    BTC101, BTC102
BTC185 Industrial Microbiology

4

    BTC101
  Professional Elective

3/4

    Electives: BIO109, BIO170, BTC110, BTC180, CHE107, CHE108, CIS127, ENG106, HUM212, MAS208, MAT143 or higher
                                        Total: 28/29 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day or evening at the Devens Campus. All biotechnology classes are offered at the Devens Campus.

Helpful hints: Biotechnology/ biomanufacturing will require a substantial background and interest in science and mathematics. Potential students should recognize the need for a strong background and may be required, through testing and an interview with the admissions office, to enroll in math and science courses as prerequisites.

Transfer options: Some courses may be applied to the Biotechnology/ Biomanufacturing Degree program

Special requirements: Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations. Students will need a grade of C or better in all BTC courses.

Career options: Graduates can pursue technician-level positions throughout the biomanufacturing industry.

Earning potential: $17.17 per hour.

Technical Standards*

* For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see page 68.

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at a college level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Stand for a minimum of two hours.
  • Walk for a minimum of six hours, not necessarily consecutively.
  • Stoop, bend, and twist for a minimum of 30 minutes at a time and be able to repeat this activity at frequent intervals.
  • Differentiate colors as assessed by standard color blindness evaluation.
  • Differentiate by touch: hotness/coldness, wetness/dryness, and hardness/softness.
  • Use the small muscle dexterity necessary to do such tasks as gloving, gowning, and operating controls on laboratory instrumentation.
  • Respond to spoken words, monitor signals, and instrument alarms.
  • Identify behaviors that would endanger a person’s life or safety and intervene quickly in a crisis situation with an appropriate solution.
  • Remain calm, rational, decisive, and in control at all times, especially during emergency situations.

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