Biotechnology & Biosciences

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Biotechnology & Biosciences Department to educate and train students in preparation for a career in the life sciences and biotechnology industries, by providing a hands-on, inquiry based learning environment, creating real-world learning opportunities coupled with career coaching and mentoring.

Program Overview

The programs offered within Biotechnology & Biosciences trains students to work as research assistants or technicians within a variety of industry and research based settings. Students gain hands-on experience in a new state-of-the-art facility. Each student gains extensive laboratory skills (over 700 hours of accumulated lab time for A.A.S.) necessary to enter the workforce directly, or to continue their education elsewhere. This positions graduates favorably for entry-level jobs with the essential skills to be successful in industry or research settings.

Degrees, Certificates, and Diplomas Offered

Career Options

Graduates of the associate degree program may find employment in various areas of industry and government including academic research labs, pharmaceutical production, environmental testing facilities, biomanufacturing, and medical testing labs.

Salary Information

Mean annual wage: $49,490

Contact

Michelle Sabaoun
Department Head
336-506-4224
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Dr. Eddy van Hunnik
336-506-4355
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Mariam Qambar
Lab Operations/Project Manager & Adjunct Faculty
336-506-4284
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Pre-Admission Requirements

Technical Standards must be met; see Disability Services for details regarding accommodations.

Transfer Options

Two Plus Two Agreements: continue education at four-year institute with full credit transfer:

  • NC Central University – Pharmaceutical Science BRITE program BS
  • ECU – BSIT (Industrial Technology) or Biology BS
  • UNCG – Biology Bachelors (BA/BS)

Additional Information

Completers of the Biowork or Basic Lab Techniques courses are eligible to sit for the NC State Process Technician Exam.

More info: Partnership for Biotechnology Workforce Training – Process Technician Examination | Scantron

See our BioWork page for a 136-hour non-credit certificate course that can lead to an entry-level position as a process technician.

See our BioWork page for a 136-hour non-credit certificate course that can lead to an entry-level position as a process technician.