Biology: Biotechnology, AS

Room: M-Building, M-204

Phone: (718) 482-5940


The Biotechnology option focuses on data analysis, computer science, and the practical applications of biological sciences. Students will learn to use information technology and computer science skills to analyze biomedical data and to collect and present information with a wide variety of applications. Students will be exposed to Biomedical engineering, which develops tools and products that improve healthcare.

Are You Interested In...

  • Are you interested in technology?
  • Are you interested in interdisciplinary studies including biology, physics, chemistry, math, and computer science?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Foundational knowledge of biology and chemistry
  • Information technology and computer science skills related to biological information
  • Hands-on use of modern biology lab equipment and an understanding of the science behind them
  • Basic lab protocols and best practices
  • Research and presenting scientific knowledge and data

What makes this major unique?

The general Biology major focuses on the study of living organisms at the chemical, molecular and cellular levels, as well as the anatomy and physiology of living organisms.  The Biotechnology major is distinct in that students also take courses in bioinformatics and genetics.

Play Video

Career Possibilities

With an Associate’s degree in Biotechnology, students could work as biotechnology laboratory technicians or sales in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, or research assistants in research institutions or clinical labs.

  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Biological Technician
  • Agricultural and Food Science Technician
  • Research Assistant/Technician
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Biological Engineer
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Zoologist
  • Toxicologist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Food Scientist
  • Biomedical Research Scientist
  • Clinical health: Physician/ Physician’s Assistant/ Nurse/ Physical Therapist/ Pharmacist/ Dentist/ Veterinarian
  • College Professor

Transfer Possibilities

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 13 credits

  • English: 6 credits
      • ENG101 English Composition I – 3 credits
      • (ENA101 depending on placement scores)
      • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3 credits
  • Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits
    Select one of the following courses:
    • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
    • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement scores)
  • Life & Physical Sciences: 4 credits
    • SCB201 Fundamentals of Biology I (STEM) – 4 credits


B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 20 credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World
  • Students are required to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirements.


Students are advised to take SCC201/SCC202 as the scientific world flexible core and the additional flexible core as the courses are prerequisites for SCC251 and SCB257. Note: The scientific world and additional flexible core courses are 4 credits each. To complete the 20 credits degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed in the program handbook.

Courses Credits
NSF101 First Year Seminar for Natural Sciences 2
Science: 9 Credits
SCB202 General Biology II 4
SCC251 Organic Chemistry I 5
Math: 4 Credits
MAT200 Pre-Calculus 4
Biotechnology: 10 Credits
SCB207 Genomics and Bioinformatics 3
SCB257 Genetics [capstone] 4
Select one of the following courses: 3 Credits
SCI204 Research in Natural Sciences
SCB252 Fundamentals of Biotechniques
Unrestricted Elective: 2 Credits

Graduate in Two Years!

Review your Degree Map to stay on track.