The Biotechnology curriculum, which has emerged from molecular biology and chemical engineering, is designed to meet the increasing demands for skilled laboratory technicians in various fields of biological and chemical technology. Course work emphasizes biology, chemistry, mathematics, and technical communications. The curriculum objectives are designed to prepare graduates to serve in three distinct capacities: research assistant to a biologist or chemist, laboratory technician/instrumentation technician, and quality control/quality assurance technician. Graduates should be qualified for employment in various areas of industry and government, including research and development, manufacturing, sales, and customer service. Biotechnology: A program that focuses on the application of the biological sciences, biochemistry, and genetics to the preparation of new and enhanced agricultural, environmental, clinical, and industrial products, including the commercial exploitation of microbes, plants, and animals. Potential course work includes instruction in general biology, general and organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, genetics, and cellular biology.
The Biotechnology program is a collaborative agreement between Pitt Community College and Nash Community College. Students are welcome to apply to Nash CC to complete the general education classes before transferring to Pitt CC to gain acceptance into the program. Nash is allowed two seats into Pitt’s program annually. To be considered for one of these two seats, the student must have met the minimum requirements for the program and let Nash CC Admissions know their intentions.