BHCC has launched a new two year Associate Degree in Biological Science with two concentrations: a biology transfer option that prepares students for transfer to four-year universities with junior status as biology majors and a biotechnology option that prepares students for direct employment in entry-level research/lab assistant positions available in private industries, academic research institutions, and hospitals.
Transfer students will complete 61 - 64 credits including four biology core courses: General Biology I/lab, General Biology II/lab, Cell Biology/lab and Genetics/lab. A further goal is to provide students with the technical course-work and laboratory experience. Articulation agreements are already in place with the UMASS system and more are underway.
The biotechnology option will provide students with a rigorous academic background as well as industry specific lab skills in molecular biology, genetics, protein chemistry and cell biology. Students will complete 61 - 64 credits including six biology core courses: General Biology I/lab, General Biology II/lab, Cell Biology/lab, Genetics/lab, Biotechnology/lab and Seminar in Biotechnology/lab. The program will also reinforce general industry specific skills such as communication, biology and lab specific computer skills and teamwork. Students will become proficient in experimental design and set up, safety regulations, routine and maintenance work and use of lab kits. Students will participate in internships and will be exposed to career opportunities, work concepts and practices of the biotech industry through field trips and presentations by guest speakers.
The comprehensive nature and methodologies offered will prepare highly skilled students with the potential for professional growth and the possibility of merit bonus, promotion and continuing education.