MassBay offers Associate Degrees in Biotechnology and Biotechnology: Genomics and Biomanufacturing.
MassBay's Biotechnology program is internationally renowned and offers exciting, hands-on, and research-based study in this rapidly expanding scientific area. Through participation in national research collaborations, students are trained in the scientific disciplines most in demand by the biotechnology industry, academic and government laboratories, including the latest technologies related to DNA, RNA and Proteins, mammalian and plant cell culture, High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), biologics development, gene therapy, and latest gene-editing techniques including CRISPR. These techniques will also provide a strong foundation for students who are willing to pursue their careers in four-year colleges/universities or advanced R & D laboratories. Since the biotechnology program is a research-based and peer mentoring intensive program structured to engage nontraditional students, the curriculum uses inquiry-based laboratories, and internships in world-renowned institutions to confer in-depth scientific knowledge to students. Upon successful completion, the Associate in Science Degree in Biotechnology is awarded.
Biomanufacturing and Genomics technologies have a growing importance in the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. This concentration program will introduce students to the ever-expanding industries related to biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, and biomedical sciences. The goal of this program is to introduce students to modern biological techniques. They will learn to apply their scientific knowledge and skills to real-world biotech research and academic problems. Students will acquire skill sets that are top in-demand techniques/expertise in the biotechnology industry, including genomics, biomanufacturing process, and biopharma R&D. These techniques include bioreactor use, in vivo and in vitro cell culturing, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), aseptic technique, genomic editing techniques like CRISPR, equipment prep, chromatography, assays for functional characterization, transcriptome analysis, and DNA sequencing analysis. In addition, students will learn soft critical skills, including critical thinking skills. These techniques will also provide a strong foundation for those students who are willing to pursue their career in four-year colleges/universities or advanced R&D laboratories. Upon successful completion, the Associate in Science Degree in Biotechnology – Genomics and Biomanufacturing is awarded.