A.S. in Biotechnology (QCC) leading to the B.S. in Biotechnology (York College)

The QCC Dual/Joint A.S. /B.S. Degree Program in Biotechnology with York College will equip students with the knowledge and technical skills required to succeed as technicians in the modern biotechnology work environment and will allow QCC graduates to transfer seamlessly into the B.S. in Biotechnology at York. The total employment impact, including direct, indirect, and induced jobs, of the biosciences sector is 7.5 million jobs. U.S. higher educa- tion institutions awarded bioscience-related degrees to more than 143,000 students in the 2006 academic year. New York, Northern NJ and Long Island are among the metropolitan areas with the largest employment levels (recent increase of >1000 jobs). Despite the ailing U.S. economy, the biotechnology industry has kept a steady pace in the market.

QCC students will work in modern biotechnology labs with expert faculty and will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on internships and field experiences with local industry and university partners such as the FDA, Stony Brook University and Biotechnology Center, Albert Einstein Medical College and North Shore – Long Island Jewish Hospital. Students should con- sult faculty advisers in the Department of Biological Sciences and Geology (M-213) for advisement.

Common Core Requirements

Common Core Categories   Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-102: English Composition II


REQUIRED CORE: 1B. MA-441: Analytic Geometry & Calculus I 4
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. BI-201: General Biology I1
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B. U.S. Experience & Its Diversity (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2C. Creative Expression (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. Individual & Society (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. CH-151: General Chemistry I1
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. CH-152: General Chemistry II1 4.5
Subtotal 35

Major Requirements 

Courses Credits
BI-202: General Biology II 4
BI-453: Biotechnology 5
BI-356: Principles of Genetics 4
BI-357: Bioinformatics/Computational Biology 3
BI-554: Research Laboratory Internship 2
Subtotal 18

Additional Major requirements

Courses Credits
SP-211: Speech Communication 3
HE-102: Health, Behavior and Society 2

One credit in PE-400 or PE-500 series or DAN-100 series (one credit courses only)

Subtotal 6


Courses Credits
Free electives 1
Subtotal 1

Total Credits Required


1 Students are required to take particular courses in some areas of the Common Core that fulfill both general education and major requirements. If students do not take the required courses in the Common Core, they will have to take additional credits to complete their degree requirements.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

Dual/Joint A.S. / B.S. in Biotechnology with York College 

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competency in the concepts and methods of the foundation science courses required for transfer to the junior year in Biotechnology at York College.
  2. Demonstrate basic laboratory skills and good lab practice necessary for Biotechnology research
  3. Utilize scientific methods to propose and test a working hypothesis
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of ethics in science and responsible conduct of research while analyzing their results and writing lab reports
  5. Work in teams of two to complete an honors project and make a presentation at the end of the class
  6. Exhibit effective oral and written communication skills in in preparing and presenting a well-reasoned, professional quality technical report that compares data/evidence critically to support/refute different points of view on a topic

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