MLSEC Endorsed Biotechnology Programs

These programs have met the criteria set for by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Education Consortium. They have also proven their curricula align with MLSEC's core competencies, developed by a working group of leaders from academic and the biotechnology industry.


Berkshire Community College

Bunker Hill Community College

Middlesex Community College

Mt. Wachusett Community College

North Shore Community College

Northern Essex Community College

Quincy College

Quinsigamond Community College

Roxbury Community College

Springfield Technical Community College


Berkshire Community College

Associate in Arts- Biotechnology Concentration                 SILVER

Biotechnology is an expanding field which blends life sciences and engineering. It is a well-established yet, at the same time, fast developing and diverse field. The biotechnology concentration offers skills and knowledge in medical, agricultural, environmental and chemical biotechnology, providing a strong foundation in subject matter, applications and methodology of the field. The curriculum prepares for employment as well as transfer into baccalaureate programs.

Berkshire Community College’s biotechnology program is closely linked to baccalaureate programs in the region and coordinated with academic institutions and biotechnological industry in the Commonwealth. The College's variety of science courses provides a solid foundation and allows students to add special focus. Individually tailored internships help prepare students for their chosen career.


Bunker Hill Community College

Associate in Science- Biotechnology Option            GOLD

Bunker Hill Community College’s Biotechnology program is an option within the Associate in Science Degree, Biological Sciences Program. The Biotechnology option provides students with a rigorous academic background that covers the concepts, methodology and techniques of cell biology, genetics, cell culture, molecular biology, microbiology, biochemistry and bioinformatics. Laboratory courses emphasize key subjects through inquiry-based investigations, experimental design, optimization of experimental procedures and data interpretation. Students use research quality laboratory equipment to master the laboratory techniques commonly used in biotechnology, cell culture, protein purification and recombinant DNA technology. In addition students receive extensive hands-on, industry-specific laboratory skills, including aseptic technique, media preparation, quality control/GMP, documentation and validation. The program highlights “job readiness” and reinforces the importance of communication, organization, teamwork and time management.

Students are assisted with the internship application process and are strongly encouraged to complete an internship prior to graduation. Graduates of this program may transfer to four-year colleges and universities to pursue their studies in biotechnology or other life sciences. Students also qualify for entry level positions in a wide range of biotechnology disciplines. (Total credits 63-64).


Middlesex Community College Biotechnology Program

Biotechnology Technician - Associate Degree                    PLATINUM
Biotechnology Technician Certificate                                      PLATINUM

The Middlesex CC Biotechnology Technician program provides students with the education and training in skills required for entry level employment as technicians in manufacturing, research, media preparation, validation, quality control, documentation, and process operations. The program emphasizes hands-on practical lab work and includes on-site work experience at a local biotechnology company.

In addition to biotechnology-specific science, students take classes in chemistry, biology, microbiology, English composition, mathematics for technology, computers for technology, and quality control/GMP. The day certificate program is full-time for ten months; the evening certificate is part-time for 16 months. Credits earned in the certificate program can be applied to the Biotechnology Technician associate degree.


Mount Wachusett Community College

Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing Degree           GOLD
Biomanufacturing Certificate                                 GOLD

Biotechnology uses living organisms, usually microscopic, to manufacture drugs or other chemicals for the purpose of enhancing medical care or altering a process which improves living conditions for the general population. Careers in biotechnology/biomanufacturing will continue to advance. The Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing certificate curriculum will offer excellent academic and skill development for anticipated positions in the biotechnology industry.

A majority of this program can be completed during the day or evening at the Devens Campus. All biotechnology classes are offered at the Devens Campus.

Biotechnology/ biomanufacturing will require a substantial background and interest in science and mathematics. Potential students should recognize the need for a strong background and may be required, through testing and an interview with the admissions office, to enroll in math and science courses as prerequisites.

Graduates can pursue technician-level positions throughout the biomanufacturing industry.

North Shore Community College

Associate in Arts: Biotechnology Degree              SILVER
Biotechnology Certificate                                          SILVER

Associate in Arts: Biotechnology Degree

This program is designed to provide a basic understanding of the principles of biotechnology, preparing the students for employment in entry-level positions in the industry. The program has been developed with the assistance and guidance of biotechnology firms throughout the area to assure that students acquire skills that can be applied in a wide variety of biotechnology industries, from manufacturing to research. In addition, students receive hands-on training by carrying out specific and extensive biotechnological applications in the laboratory. The program is enhanced by combining the scientific aspects of biotechnology with a strong liberal arts foundation, thus providing transfer credits to four-year programs.

Biotechnology Certificate                        

The Biotechnology Certificate is a one-year laboratory science intensive program which is designed to prepare students and retrain professionals for entry into the field of biotechnology. The curriculum provides both the theoretical and practical hands-on laboratory training needed for entry-level positions in the biotechnology industry. 


Northern Essex Community College

Laboratory Science Degree                      PLATINUM

The associate in applied science degree program in Laboratory Science is a two-year program designed to build the essential skills and knowledge required for entry level employment and/or transfer to a four-year college or university. The curriculum allows students with minimal science and mathematics backgrounds to enter the program and develop the skills needed to successfully complete upper level science courses.

The program focus areas are: Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences, and Chemical Analysis. A minimum of 60 credit hours are required for graduation.

The first year of the program focuses on developing science, computer and math skills, in addition to training in good laboratory practices (GLP), and the “soft skills” deemed desirable by employers such as communication, teamwork, and analytical reasoning.

The second year focuses on further developing analytical skills, training in the use of specialized equipment such as HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography) and GC (gas chromatography), and becoming familiar with cell culture techniques. Also, in the second year, students spend time in externships to acquire work experience in the field.  Externships might take place at: Biotechnology companies, universities, the Department of Environmental Protection and other state or wildlife agencies, crime labs, or biopharmaceutical companies. In addition, the program provides the foundation to pursue a career as a medical lab technician.

Quincy College

Associate of Science in Biotechnology and Compliance                    PLATINUM
Certificate in Biotechnology                                                                       SILVER

The Biotechnology Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the biomanufacturing industry. Students will develop a broad laboratory science-based background through courses focused in the life and chemical sciences, and will obtain industry-specific knowledge in the areas of quality control (QC), process development (PD), and upstream and downstream processing, all while following current, good manufacturing practices (cGMP). In addition, students will learn valuable laboratory techniques and instrumentation, and develop critical thinking skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students may enter the workforce directly as entry-level laboratory technicians or research assistants, or may transfer to a four-year university to continue their studies at the baccalaureate level.


Quinsigamond Community College

General Studies - Biotechnology Option Degree          GOLD
Biotechnology Technician Certificate                             PLATINUM

The Quinsigamond Community College Biotechnology Certificate Program provides students with an overview of the science of biotechnology as well as the technical skills required for entry level employment in manufacturing or research.  The program emphasizes hands-on technical skills and includes on-site instruction and technical skill application at a local biotechnology company.  
Additionally, students take courses in cell biology, molecular biology, chemistry, microbiology and computer science.  The certificate is a part time program for 10 months. Credits earned in the certificate program can be applied to the General Studies -Biotechnology  Option associates degree program.

Roxbury Community College

Associate of Science- Biotechnology                     PLATINUM
Biotechnology/Biomanufacturing Certificate        PLATINUM

Associate in Science Degree in Biotechnology (AS)

The purpose of the Biotechnology Associate in Science Degree is two-fold.  All students will obtain a broad-based science background focusing on the courses in the life and chemical sciences.  In addition, students will develop specific laboratory skills applicable to procedures commonly performed in research hospitals and research industrial laboratories all over the United States.  Students successfully completing the programs will be able to transfer to a four-year university to further their studies in the sciences at the baccalaureate level or, if they prefer, join the  workforce as entry-level research or laboratory assistants.

Biotechnology/Bio-manufacturing Certificate (C)

Biotechnology and Bioscience industries are among the most rapidly expanding fields in Massachusetts.  The Biotechnology/Bio-manufacturing certificate program is designed for the student who wishes to learn about the field of biotechnology or who may already have a scientific background but desires to study the details of this burgeoning field in the hope of gaining an entry level position at one of the many biotechnology companies, hospitals, clinics, or laboratories in the greater Boston area.  Research assistants, lab technicians, manufacturing technicians, quality control technicians, documentation coordinator, and instrumentation calibration are examples of such careers.


Springfield Technical Community College

Biotechnology Associate Degree                   SILVER
Biotechnology Certificate                                 SILVER

Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) offers a Biotechnology Associate Degree Program with two options with curriculum designed in concert with academic partners and local industry.  Students completing the transfer option of the AS degree will transfer to a four-year programs to complete a degree in any of the biological sciences.  The career option concentrates on the methodology and techniques of microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, microbial testing and cell culture.  Graduates completing the career option are qualified to secure employment as a laboratory assistant, laboratory technician, or manufacturing technician.  Hands-on lab work emphasizes important skills such as data analysis, laboratory calculations, sterile technique, proper processing of materials, and proper record keeping and documentation.  

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