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

Cr

Semester  Grade Prerequisites/Notes
BIO109 Biology I

4

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

4

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

3

    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
CIS127 Computer Technologies

3

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

4

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

3

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

4

    CHE107
ENG102 English Composition II

3

    ENG101
MAT134 College Algebra

3

    MAT096 or placement
BTC185 Industrial Microbiology

4

    BTC101
BTC110 Biotechnology Experience: Concepts and Procedures

4

    BTC101, BTC102
HUM212 Medical Ethics

3

    ENG101
  Professional Elective

3/4

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

4

    BTC101, BTC102
BTC200 Biotechnology Seminar

(Capstone Course)

3

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

3

    BTC101, BTC102
  Social Science Elective

3

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

2/3

   

 

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: http://transfer.mwcc.edu and www.mwcc.edu/3plusone.

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.