The Biotechnology certificate program is ideal for those who have completed a bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field - or have significant amount of college credit in science and mathematics - and are looking for practical skills that can be applied in the workplace as a laboratory technician in the medical research, pharmaceutical or biotechnology fields.
The program is designed to provide specialized training in applied techniques of cell culture, immunology, analytical chemistry, molecular biology, biological imaging and analytical cytology.
This certificate program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.
The college also offers a Biotechnology A.S. degree program for students who do not possess a related bachelor's degree or significant amount of college credit in science and mathematics.
This program is offered by the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department.
Entrance and Course Requirements
- The college's state-of-the-art Science Center is home to the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department, where many courses in this program are offered. Twenty-five fully equipped state-of-the-art laboratories in the Science Center provide for the study of biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology and earth science.
Lab technician positions can be found in a growing number of fields - health sciences, pharmaceutical development, medical diagnostics, basic research, product development, forensics and other fields.
Recent graduates have found career track positions at a variety of businesses including Albany Medical Center, Albany Molecular Research Institute, Atotech, GlobalFoundries, Regeneron, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University at Albany Biotech Center, New York State Police Forensics Investigations Center and Wadsworth Labs.
Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2012): Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician, $36,950; Biological Technician, $39,480; Chemical Technician, $42,070.
The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.
For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Peter A. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Science Center, Suite 319
For more information about admission to this program, please contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223