Associate in Science (A.S.)
Biotech Careers Benefit Society
Solve problems and improve society as a biotechnologist. The biotech field is diverse, and this degree program prepares you to explore various careers by equipping you with a background in the following:
- Biofuels and Genetically Modified Foods
- Cell and Tissue Culture
- Drug Development and Design
- Protein Expression and Purification
- Recombinant DNA Technology
Learn Industry-Standard Techniques
In this cutting edge program, your education will combine a technical environment with hands-on training in the most up-to-date industry techniques and resources. Foundational courses are designed to develop your skills in cell culture, genetics, and biomanufacturing. Additionally, you'll have unique opportunities to participate in undergraduate research projects.
When you complete this program, you'll be prepared to continue your studies in biotechnology, biology, biochemistry, or biomanufacturing. Some grads choose to explore the job market after graduation, landing positions as technicians in research or quality control.
Utilize FLCC's Cutting-Edge Biotech Lab
Much of your educational experience will revolve around FLCC's state-of-the-art biotechnology lab. This space is well-equipped with industry-standard resources that will prepare you for the workplace. You'll gain hands-on experience with cell culture and cryogenic equipment, bioreactors and electrophoresis equipment. You can expect one-on-one instruction in classes with a focus on new techniques in biotechnology.
Connect with Employers
When it's time to take the next steps, you can count on the experts in the Biotech program. FLCC's instructors bring extensive knowledge of the field to our students, and many also have wide-ranging connections with employers and transfer institutions. Through Bio-link, an advanced technological center funded by the National Science Foundation, FLCC's biotech students and grads network, find jobs, and connect with employers.
Transfer to a SUNY or Private Four-Year School
Do your plans include a four-year degree? There are many transfer options to explore; private and SUNY schools offer bachelor's degree programs in biotechnology and similar fields. Some of these institutions include:
- Cornell University
- SUNY Brockport
- Biological Sciences
- Rochester Institute of Technology
An established articulation agreement with Rochester Institute of Technology means that FLCC graduates with this degree can easily transfer into RIT's Biotechnology program. When you begin your studies at FLCC, you'll need to ensure that this agreement is in place; then, maintain a GPA of 3.2 or higher, and you'll be accepted to RIT as a junior. FLCC's Transfer Services Office will guide you and answer your questions about the transfer process.