Biotechnology Associate Degrees @NCC

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Biotechnology Associate Degree

Northampton Community College's Biotechnology program opens the door for students to influence fields such as medicine, engineering, agriculture, and much more. Join this exciting discipline by becoming a biotechnology major at NCC. Classes are available at our location in Monroe County.

Students in this program earn an A.A.S in Biotechnology. NCC has transfer agreements in this specific program with Cedar Crest College and East Stroudsburg University, so you can continue your education at a four-year institution after completing your associate degree.

Students learn by taking part in hands-on experiments and interpreting results while learning a wide range of biotechnology science laboratory techniques. From learning the use of cells and cellular process to make our lives better, to exploring the multitude of possibilities for genetically modified plants, animals, and microbes, you'll acquire skills you can put to use in the working world.

Biotechnology Curriculum

Our program provides students with an introduction to Biotechnology in their first semester at Northampton. Through courses such as Introduction to Biomanufacturing, Microbiology, and Biotechnology Techniques, students study the diverse areas of the field. Students interested in continuing the program may take a fifth semester at Penn State which focuses on nanotechnology. This capstone semester is perfect for those who are looking to work in this specialized field.


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Degrees We Offer

  • Associate in Applied Science | 2 years
  • This entire program can be completed at our Monroe Campus
  • This entire program can be completed at our Bethlehem Campus

NCC has transfer agreements in biotechnology with Cedar Crest College and East Stroudsburg University. 

Program Details view official course information in our college catalog

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Careers in Biotechnology Associate Degrees

Continued growth in biotechnology is expected to increase demand in the field and Northampton's degree program allows for a laboratory experience that provides a competitive edge for students entering the workplace. Biotechnology grads can find work in a wide range of positions in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, government institutions such as the FDA, USDA, Department of Defense, NIH, and EPA; forensics laboratories, the cosmetic industry, biomedical research institutions, and the expanding field of green energy.

Researchers in agriculture, biology, genetics, and medicine are at the cutting edge of new biotechnology discoveries. Scientists are combating disease, developing renewable fuels and reducing our environmental impact. Biotechnology graduates succeed in careers as:

Biotechnology Associate Degrees Career Paths

  • Laboratory Technician
  • Process Supervisor
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Manufacturing Operator/Technicians
  • Research Technicians
  • Forensic Lab Technicians
  • Environmental Lab Technicians

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"When I applied for a job with a pharmaceutical giant, my resume stood out among the masses and I was hired. They remembered me. I'd been an intern there as part of my studies at NCC."

- James George '05, NCC Biotechnology alum, Research Associate at Sanofi Pasteur

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