Join the exciting field of biotechnology! The Biotechnology curriculum is designed to meet the increasing demands for skilled laboratory technicians in various fields of biological and chemical technology. Because the program has emerged from molecular biology and chemical engineering, course work emphasizes biology, chemistry, mathematics, and technical communications. The curriculum objectives are designed to prepare the graduate to serve in three distinct capacities: as a research assistant to biologists or chemists, laboratory technician/instrumentation technician, and quality control/quality assurance technician. Graduates may find employment in various areas of industry and government, including laboratory research and development, quality control testing, biomedical production, manufacturing, sales, and customer service. Annual salaries for entry-level technicians start at $25,000 to $30,000 and can progress to $50,000 in as little as five years.
Credentials available: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Biotechnology is awarded by Pitt Community College (PCC).
Average Class Size: 8 - 24
Things to Consider: Estimates by the N.C. Biotechnology Center show that 2,000 biotech jobs a year are being created for people with community college training. WCC currently has a 1 + 1 articulation agreement with PCC. Students must meet the admission criteria of both WCC and PCC and take biotechnology (BTC) courses at PCC in Greenville, N.C. Students enrolled full-time and making satisfactory progress should complete the program in five semesters. Additional time may be needed to achieve minimum requirements in English, math or science.