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About our Biotechnology
Associate Degree

Biotechnology is the use of technology and applied biology to find solutions to problems. Career and research opportunities include animal sciences, biomedical technologies, immunology, pharmaceutics and forensics, plus marine and environmental science. Students learn the fundamentals of biology and chemistry and gain an advanced understanding of related subfields such as cellular biology, genetics and microbiology.

Students work with DNA, cells, enzymes and other biological agents in hands-on laboratory settings and have the opportunity to work in outside laboratories as part of a summer internship program. Graduates find employment in entry-level biotechnology positions, including jobs as manufacturing, research and lab technicians, or transfer to a baccalaureate degree program.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively, using the language, concepts and models of biotechnology.
  • Use the scientific method to define and solve problems independently and collaboratively.
  • Use a wide variety of laboratory techniques with accuracy, precision and safety.
  • Accurately interpret scientific information.
  • Demonstrate proficient library, mathematical and computer skills in data-gathering and analysis.
  • Apply scientific concepts to environmental and societal issues.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Crime Lab Technician
  • Environmental Lab Technician
  • Food Testing Lab Technician
  • Lab Animal Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Product Development Technician
  • Quality Control Specialist
  • Research Lab Manager

Continue Your Education

SMCC graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:

  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Maine College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Thomas College
  • University of Maine
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Wellesley College

Available transfer agreements for this program include:

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time


Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Admissions: 207-741-5800 or 

Department Chair: Daniel Moore, 207-741-5966 or

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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