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Program Description

In the not too distant future, organ transplants will be a thing of the past. Doctors will use your DNA to determine treatment options. And these treatments will be available for animals and humans alike. Fueling all of this change is biotechnology. You can be one of these innovators not only by becoming a researcher, but also by following a variety of other career paths, including becoming a doctor, veterinarian, patent lawyer, health inspector, or environmental biotechnologist.

A biotechnology degree from Jamestown Community College is the first step.

We prepare students for transfer to a four-year college to major in biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular genetics, immunology, and related fields. Our program is also good preparation for medical, veterinary, dental, and pharmaceutical school and it provides the robust, interdisciplinary training modern baccalaureate science programs demand.

You can do real world research right here at JCC.

Biotechnology students at JCC perform on-site research in multiple areas, including immunology, breast cancer, heartworm, and Lyme disease. Students can gain even more experience by taking part in the Science Undergraduate Research Initiative: Biotech (SURI).

General Requirements


  • ENG 1530: English Composition II
  • ENG 1540: Writing About Literature

Social Sciences

  • Social Sciences Electives
  • Up to 6 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.


  • MAT 1600: Precalculus (or higher)

Core Courses

  • BIO 1575: Biology: A Molecular Approach or BIO 1570: Principles of Biology I
  • BIO 1580: Principles of Biology II
  • BIO 2560: Genetics
  • BIO 2800: Cell and Molecular Biology
  • BIO 2810: Biotechnology Research
  • CHE 1550: College Chemistry I
  • CHE 1560: College Chemistry II
  • CHE 2530: Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE 2540: Organic Chemistry II

Core Electives

  • BIO 1820: SURI: Biotechnology I
  • BIO 2820: SURI: Biotechnology II
  • BIO 2510: Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO 2520: Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO 2531: Microbiology
  • BIO 2532: Microbiology Lab
  • BIO 2840: Immunology
  • PHY 1610: General Physics I or PHY 1710: Analytical Physics I
  • PHY 1620: General Physics II or PHY 2710: Analytical Physics II

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Apply basic structure function relationships as they contribute to the effective design of biotechnology interventions.
  • Apply basic concepts related to eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell and molecular biology that underpin gene expression and the manipulation of gene expression.
  • Competently function in a state-of-the-art biotechnology laboratory in the context of the scientific method using appropriate safety procedures, necessary laboratory instrumentation and computer software, online databases and resources, professional laboratory record-keeping, and the critical reasoning needed for effective troubleshooting.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional conduct including scientific integrity, effectively using oral and written scientific communication, meeting deadlines, and working effectively on projects by themselves or as a team to reach a common goal.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural impacts of biotechnology and its related ethical dilemmas.
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About the School

Located in southwestern New York, JCC was founded in 1950 as part of the State University of New York. The present enrollment is approximately 3,500 full- and part-time credit students at two campuses ... Read More

Located in southwestern New York, JCC was founded in 1950 as part of the State University of New York. The present enrollment is approximately 3,500 full- and part-time credit students at two campuses, two extension centers, and online. In 2012, JCC was named the “Top Performing Public Two-Year College in New York” in a report published by The Chronicle of Higher Education... Read less
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