The Biotechnology Program is designed to prepare students for high-demand, entry-level positions in biomanufacturing. Students will develop a broad laboratory science-based background through courses focused on the life and chemical sciences. Students will also obtain industry-specific knowledge in the areas of quality control (QC), process development (PD), upstream and downstream processing, all while following current, good manufacturing practices (cGMP). In addition, students will learn valuable laboratory techniques and instrumentation and develop critical thinking skills.
Students train in a laboratory containing state-of-the-art equipment, including single-use technology. Single-use bioreactors are the current trend of the industry and they are expected to increase in usage by 14% between 2012 and 2020. The Biotechnology & Compliance program was designed in conjunction with industry advisors to ensure that the program graduates make a smooth transition into the workforce. Upon successful completion of the program, students may enter the workforce directly as entry-level laboratory technicians or research assistants, or may transfer to a four-year university to continue their studies at the baccalaureate level.