Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing

Discover Your Future in Biotechnology

Are you interested in chemistry and molecular biology? You may have what it takes for a rewarding career in the biotech industry. The Biotechnology Degree program at MWCC is for science-minded students who want to be on the front lines of research. Biotech touches a variety of fields including health care, pharmaceuticals, environmental testing, and food processing and research. If working in a lab on the next breakthroughs in medicine or microbiology sounds exciting to you, a biotech degree is your first step. Graduates typically work as bio-manufacturing technicians while they continue their education at the bachelor’s level.

Learn Laboratory Skills

The MWCC Biotechnology Associates Degree trains students in the methodologies and skills needed in this diverse field.  We focus on hands-on, practical lab skills. By the time you graduate, you will be able to walk confidently into a lab and start work.

Biotech Degree graduates will have skills such as:

  • Pipetting
  • Gel electrophoresis
  • PCR (polymerase chain reaction)
  • Solution preparation
  • Cell culturing
  • Protein purification
  • Bacterial transformation
  • DNA isolation and analysis

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Work in Biotech While You Complete Your Bachelors

The Associates in Biotechnology program will prepare you to get a job as a biology technician or quality control technician where you test new medicines that have been produced. The median salary for a biology lab technician in Massachusetts is $61,790 per year.*

Your associates degree courses will enable you to transfer to a 4-year college or university as a biotechnology or biology major. So while working, you can begin paying your way through school.

Local Biotech Job Opportunities

Past graduates of this program have been hired local companies like Bristol Myers Squibb Biopharmaceutical Company in Devens, MA, AbbVie Pharmaceutical Research & Development in Worcester, MA, and at several other companies in the Cambridge, Boston and Central Massachusetts Biomedical Corridor. Past graduates have transferred to complete their bachelor’s degree at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester State University, Fitchburg State University, and the University of New Hampshire.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

"MWCC was affordable, not intimidating like other colleges can be, and it can help you decide where you really want to go in life."

Savannah Cooke, 2015, Biotechnology/ Biomanufacturing

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