Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing Degree (BTD)

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 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
BIO109 Biology I


    ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
CHE107 General Chemistry I


    ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement. Recommended: High school chemistry or other previous chemistry classes.
ENG101 English Composition I


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CIS127 Computer Technologies


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BTC101 Introduction to Biotechnology


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


    ENG098, FYE101, MAT096, RDG098, or placement.
CHE108 General Chemistry II


ENG102 English Composition II


MAT134 College Algebra


    MAT096 or placement
BTC185 Industrial Microbiology


BTC110 Biotechnology Experience: Concepts and Procedures


    BTC101, BTC102
HUM212 Medical Ethics


  Professional Elective


    Electives: BIO170, BTC 170, BTC180, ENG106, MAS208, MAT163 or higher
BTC120 Biotechnology Experience II:


    BTC101, BTC102
BTC200 Biotechnology Seminar

(Capstone Course)


    BTC101, 102, 110, 120 (or co-requisite)
BTC191 Quality and Compliance


    BTC101, BTC102
  Social Science Elective


    Electives: ANT, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSC
  Health Elective




Electives: BIO101, BIO103, BIO112, BIO230, CHC101, CHC108, CHC220, EXS102, EXS201, PER126,  PER127, PER130

                                                   Total: 60/62 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: For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: and

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.

Program Competencies for BTD

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Be familiar with the language of biotechnology.
  • Be able to articulate, read and follow a SOP (standard operating procedure).
  • Be able to conduct the mathematic and computational operations involved in biotechnology including use of applicable computer programs.
  • Be able to understand and apply the regulatory requirements of cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices).
  • Understand the basic biology and chemistry behind the manufacturing processes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform laboratory skills use in biotechnology and biomanufacturing.

Technical Standards* for BTC and BTD

* 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.