Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Biotechnology

The Biotechnology curriculum is designed to meet the increasing demands for skilled laboratory technicians in various fields of biological and chemical technology.

Coursework emphasizes biology, chemistry, mathematics, and technical communications.

Curriculum objectives are designed to prepare graduates to serve in at least three distinct capacities, including:

  • Research Assistant to a biologist or chemist
  • Laboratory Technician/Instrumentation Technician
  • Quality Control/Quality Assurance Technician

Biotechnology Concentrations

Within the biotechnology program, there are essentially two distinct “career pathways” students can choose to study. One is a ‘lab analyst/pharmaceutical lab technician’ pathway for students interested in quality control associated with pharmaceutical manufacturing.

The other career pathway is a ‘Research lab/Forensic lab/University Transfer’ pathway for students interested in working in a research, forensics, or other lab capacities that require a BS degree or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

Pitt Community College has Bilateral Agreements with ECU for two programs (BS Biology and BS Industrial Technology/Bioprocess Manufacturing Concentration) and the UNC Pembroke (BS in Biotechnology).

Most graduates of the Biotechnology AAS start out around $17-$22/hr as entry-level lab technicians. Many report they receive a promotion and accompanying significant raise within their first two years of employment.

The majority of our students find work in industries such as:

  • Research and Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Forensic Laboratories
  • Sales
  • Customer Service

Occupational Outlook Handbook: Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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All Pitt Community College students should consult with their advisors to determine which order courses must be taken. Courses include:

  • General Biology I and II
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Basic Lab Techniques
  • Bioprocess Techniques
  • Cell Culture
  • Immunological Techniques
  • Introduction to Chemistry and Chemistry Lab
  • Organic and Biochemistry
  • Bioethics
  • Pharma Lab Techniques I & II
  • Recombinant DNA Technology

Applications dates are ongoing and start dates are in Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. The length of the biotechnology program is five semesters.

Biotechnology Curriculum – Pitt Community College Course and Hour Requirements

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Students can perform basic laboratory techniques, calculations, and procedures properly.
Students can recognize laboratory hazards and adhere to proper safety protocol.
Students can explain the process of biotech product development and production utilizing cGMPs.
Students can demonstrate proficiency in specialized laboratory techniques in the areas of cell culture, recombinant DNA technology, bioprocess, and product analysis.
Students can accurately document laboratory activities in a laboratory notebook.