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


Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
BTC101 Introduction to Biotechnology


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



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


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


    MAT096 or placement
BTC191 Quality & Compliance


    BTC101, BTC102
BTC120 Biotechnology Experience II:     Biomanufacturing


    BTC101, BTC102
BTC185 Industrial Microbiology


  Professional Elective


    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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