Professional & Technical – Biotechnology

The biotechnology program gives the student a broad exposure to the applications used throughout 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.

Some of the examples of the variety of labwork you will become familiar with is: DNA fingerprinting used in crime labs and multiple other uses in comparing DNA from different sources, large scale fermentation while making wine and beer, as well as genetically engineering bacteria, converting vegetable oil to biodiesel, growing and maintaining several types of cell lines, organisms and tissues and learning to work in a sterile environment to name a few!

What can you do with this degree?

The life science industry is a diverse mix of technologies, products, research & development focus, and companies, that can be categorized into five broad sections.

With an average salary for bioscience jobs at $95,000 and a rapidly growing workforce, jumpstart your biotech career by becoming one of the 21,000+ graduates with a life science degree. Learn more about talent and careers relating to NC biotech by visiting the NC Biotechnology Center.

What is bio-science to NC?

  • 70,000+ industry jobs
  • $86B in economic contributions
  • $17.7B payroll
  • $2.1B in tax revenue
  • 40 percent job growth since 2001
  • 700+ biotechnology companies

(Statistics as of 2016 from TEConomy)

Southeastern NC Biotech Companies:

AlcamiQuality Chemical Laboratories, IQVIA, Syneos Health, Modoc Research, Osmotica, PPD and Wilmington Pharmaceuticals.  – To see more Click Here

Biotech Related Continuing Education Courses Available:

  • GMP (Good manufacturing Practices) Certification
  • Sustainable Winemaking
  • Alternative Energy: Biofuels

See current course listings: Click here

Learn More

www.ncbionetwork.org   /   www.ncbiotech.org   /   www.bio.org


Ashley Alvarez, PhD
Director, Biotechnology & Marine Biotechnology
(910) 755-7456

Be sure to check out our Marine Biotechnology and Aquaculture Technology Programs at BCC!

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