Professional & Technical – Biotechnology

Biotechnology gives the student a broad exposure to the biotech industry. Specific biotechnology coursework includes bioethics, bioprocessing, cell culture, genetics, immunological techniques, laboratory techniques and experience, and recombinant DNA technology. With this background you will be trained to enter into a research laboratory or industrial production lab in almost any setting; pharmaceutical, research and development, chemical manufacturing, and environmental testing/monitoring, to name a few.

The life science industry has grown 23.5% from 2001-2010 in North Carolina!


What’s bio-science to NC?

  • Try 237,665 jobs
  • $59B/year
  • $14.8B payroll
  • $1.7B in tax revenue
  • 23.5 percent job growth
    More than 500 companies

(Statistics from NC Biotechnology Center)

Southeastern NC Biotech Companies:

AAIPharma, Quality Chemical Laboratories, Quintiles, INC, Modoc Research, Osmotica, PPD

Inclinix and Wilmington Pharmaceuticals.  – See more at:

 New Continuing Education Course in Fall 2013!

Renewable Energy Sources: Biofuels (Register Info Here)

Course Description:

This course will focus the “How” and “Why” of renewable energy in relation to solar, wind, and biofuel power sources. The main focus will be safety procedures, biofuel basics, including standard feed stocks and new or second and third generation feed stocks. An in depth look at industry standards, ASTM certification and National Biodiesel Board’s (NBB) guidelines will be addressed. Hands on training of ethanol, and biodiesel production will be provided with experiential analysis of biofuel content and meeting ASTM D4806 and D6751 specifications.

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Previous grant funding for a joint program between Aquaculture and Biotechnology produced an algae biofuels project and can be seen at:


Michelle G. Sabaoun
Biotechnology, Lead Instructor



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Michelle Sabaoun
Lead Instructor of Biotechnology