Biotechnology at MassBay

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Biotech Programs

The different programs offered by the Biotechnology Department at MassBay are nationally and internationally renowned and exceedingly rigorous. Each student is trained through different research projects and real life cases that apply to their major. MassBay’s Biotechnology students are considered scientific elite by the federal government and the biotechnology industry worldwide. The Biotechnology Department has produced a total of 22 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, the awarding body for the highest national undergraduate prize for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.

MassBay offers the following programs:

Biotechnology
Our biotechnology program is internationally renowned and offers exciting, hands-on and research-based study in this rapidly expanding scientific area. Through their participation in national research collaborations, students are trained in the scientific disciplines most in demand by the biotechnology industry and government laboratories, including recombinant DNA technology, mammalian cell culture, and chromatography with special emphasis on High Performance Liquid Chromatography. Biotechnology students intern at some of the most prestigious research institutions in the world, such as Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Boston), Boston Medical Center, the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Moscow State University (Russia), University of the Amazon (Brazil), and the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivieres (Canada). Upon completion, the Associate in Science Degree in Biotechnology is awarded.

Biotechnology: Forensic DNA Science
The Forensic DNA program at Massachusetts Bay Community College is the first and only undergraduate program in this field in the world. Our students have hands-on, specialized training that enables them to excel in this new and exciting field. The Forensic DNA program at Massachusetts Bay Community College is the first and only undergraduate program in this field in the world. Our students have hands-on, specialized training that enables them to excel in this new and exciting field. The Forensic DNA Science Program at MassBay Community College was the first degree program in DNA analysis in the world and remains the world’s only such undergraduate degree program. The scientific prowess of MassBay forensic students is refined by two consecutive years of exciting, hands-on forensic work in real criminal and anthropological cases.

Biotechnology: Marine Biotechnology
MassBay’s Marine Biotechnology Program trains students in the scientific areas where marine biology and molecular biology intersect. The goal of the Marine Biotechnology option is to train individuals to work as technicians in sophisticated field and laboratory settings where multiple molecular disciplines converge to solve complex marine problems. The emphasis of this program, however, is to provide extensive and novel research experiences, career mentoring and academic bridging networks for the individual whose career goal is to work in the marine sciences as an independent, doctoral-level investigator. Marine Biotechnology applies technology and molecular biology to marine biology systems, living organisms (e.g., algae, fish, or plankton) or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use such as pharmaceuticals and food. Hence, the program’s training entails the integration of molecular biology and marine sciences.