Biotechnology (A.S.)
Biotechnology (A.S.)

The Biotechnology degree program offers you the educational background needed for employment in biotechnology or several related fields. As a biotechnology student at Hudson Valley, you'll be offered a strong, overall background in the sciences, including biology, chemistry and mathematics.

This flexible program, grounded in basic science and liberal arts along with laboratory experience in standard biotechnological techniques, will prepare you to enter the job market directly or transfer to a variety of four-year programs.

The college also offers a one-year certificate program in Biotechnology for student who already possess a significant amount of college credit in science and mathematics.

This degree program is primarily designed for those who wish to enter the workforce immediately following graduation but transfer agreements do exist with several colleges and universities.

This program is offered by the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department.

Entrance and Course Requirements

Program Highlights

  • 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.
  • Many of the courses in the Biotechnology program are offered in the evening or online in a distance learning format, making it possible for you to study part-time toward your degree.

Scholarships Available Scholarships available.


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 of the degree program 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.

Graduates have also continued their education at The University at Albany; Sage Colleges; and SUNY Cobleskill.

Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician, $37,240; Biological Technician, $41,650; Chemical Technician, $44,660.

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.
Department Chair
Science Center, Suite 319
(518) 629-7453

For more information about admission to this program, please contact:

Admissions Office
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223
(518) 629-7309