Tompkins Cortland Community College

Catalog 2016-17


(HEGIS: 5604)

A.S. Degree, Certificate

The biotechnology program is designed to prepare you for transfer to a four-year institution as a biotechnology or biology major. The curriculum includes exposure to the business side of the field so you can appreciate intellectual property rights and their value to the industry. The A.S. degree in biotechnology allows you to develop marketable lab skills while incorporating all of the concept and theory required for transfer to a four-year program.


Program Requirements

(for those matriculating in 2016-2017)


A.S., requirements, career options


Biotechnology, requirements, career options

Career Opportunities

The market for biotechnology technicians is rapidly expanding. Biotechnology is applied in all sectors of the medical, food, and agricultural industries. New York State has developed several biotechnology corridors and small business incubators in anticipation of rapid growth in these sectors. In the 12 county central NY regions there are 172 companies, employing over 6,000 persons in the biosciences with an average salary of $43,909, 30 percent higher than the regional average. Career opportunities exist as bench scientists, quality control/assurance technicians, and in areas related to clinical trials, diagnostics, and bioethics.

Visit Career Coach to explore career options related to:

  • Biotechnology, A.S. degree
  • Biotechnology, Certificate

Transfer Options

Graduates may continue their education via transfer to a four-year college or university. Transfer opportunities are available to:

  • University at Buffalo
  • Buffalo State College
  • SUNY College at Cobleskill
  • Cornell University
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Jefferson School of Health Professions
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

For specific transfer information, contact the Program Chair.

Program Chair

James R. Jacob, Ph.D.
Professor (Biology/Biotechnology)