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College-Approved Certificate Program

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The Biotechnology Certificate is designed for individuals looking to acquire additional skills and knowledge in laboratory methodologies necessary for employment in commercial, industrial, and academic institutions. Students will have hands-on, competency-based instructions geared towards entry-level employment in the biotechnology laboratory. Special emphasis will be placed on general chemistries, microbiology, molecular biology and cellular biology techniques for the biotechnology industry. Upon completion of the 29-credit certificate program, the student will have pertinent experience in techniques and skills required by leaders in bio-manufacturing and industrial research and development. Graduates may then seek employment as a laboratory technician or research technician.

The student will demonstrate an understanding of the following skills and/or concepts:
• Standard methods in protein, DNA and RNA isolation
• Maintenance and usage of laboratory equipment
• Knowledge of lab safety procedures
• Implementation of SOPs
• Perform assigned experiments with proper controls
• Problem solving (troubleshooting results)
• Industry standard documentation skills
• Laboratory mathematical computations
• Computer data analysis using relevant software
Biotechnology Certificate Requirements
Semester 1 Semester 2
Biological Principles II* Microbiology
General Chemistry I General Chemistry II
Pre-Calculus Cell Biology
Topics in Molecular Biology Techniques Seminar in Biotechnology
Additional Information:
*This course has a prerequisite of BIOL121, successful performance on departmental challenge exam, or departmental approval.
This program awards a College-Approved Certificate upon completion of 8 courses and 29 credits.
The life sciences industry is a vital sector of the Massachusetts and the US economy, contributing to economic growth and prosperity, as well as, bringing important innovations to enhance our quality of life.

Recent employment projections indicate a significant expected growth in jobs for science and biological technicians, in the state over the next several years. A 2008 University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute study indicates that the life sciences sector in Massachusetts is growing faster than the state’s economy overall, with a 14.5% projected growth in jobs for biological technicians from 2006 to 2014 (University of Massachusetts, November 2008).
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development projects a 21% growth in jobs for science technicians in the state through 2016, fueled especially by increased spending on research and development in biotechnology (Commonwealth of MA, 2010).

The US Department of Labor projects an 18% growth in employment for biological technicians nationwide during 2008-2018, spurred by continued growth in scientific and medical research (US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010).
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