Tompkins Cortland Community College

Catalog 2017-18


(HEGIS: 5604)

A.S. Degree, Biotechnology Certificate

The Biology Program is designed to prepare students for seamless transfer into a four-year SUNY institution as a Biology or Biotechnology major. The curriculum provides academic tracks for Bachelor degrees in biochemistry, cell-molecular biology, microbiology, organismal biology, physiology, nutrition, and the Health Sciences. The program provides students the opportunity for entrepreneurship in science and technology so they appreciate their intellectual property rights and value to the industry. The Biology A.S. degree and Biotechnology Certificate provides students authentic lab skills required for transfer into a four-year research program and marketable soft skills for career advancement.

Reverse transfers, can prepare for graduate (Masters and PhD) and advanced health professional (PA and Pharmacy) school admissions by augmenting their principle Bachelors’ degree with science-majors level courses and hands-on lab research experience in the life sciences. There are 24 credits from the core Biology Program curriculum that can be applied towards a Biotechnology Certificate for students preparing for GRE, MCAT or PCAT exams.


Program Requirements

(for those matriculating in 2017-2018)


A.S., requirements


Biotechnology, requirements, career options

Career Opportunities

The market for biotechnology and medical technicians has expanded. Biotechnology (genetics, biochemistry and microbiology) is applied in all sectors of the medical, food, and agricultural industries. New York State has developed several biotechnology corridors and small business incubators in response to rapid growth in these sectors. In the 12 county central NY regions there are 172 companies, employing over 6,000 persons in the biosciences with an average salary of $43,909, 30 percent higher than the regional average. Career opportunities exist as Laboratory Associates or Technicians in research, quality control, and production in areas related to medicine, diagnostics, and manufacturing.

Transfer Options

Graduates may continue their education via seamless transfer to a four-year SUNY college or university. Students have successfully transferred to:

  • Cornell University
  • SUNY College at Cobleskill
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Ithaca College
  • SUNY College at Fredonia
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • Binghamton University
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Jefferson School of Health Professions
  • University at Buffalo

For specific transfer information, contact the Program Chair.

Program Chair

James R. Jacob, Ph.D.
Professor (Biology/Biotechnology)

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