Biotechnology - Curriculum

The Biotechnology degree is offered through a collaborative program agreement with Pitt Community College.

The 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 may find employment in various areas of industry and government, including research and development, manufacturing, sales, and customer service.

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Biotechnology - Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the 1+1 collaborative program agreement with Pitt Community College students will possess:

  • Competency in basic laboratory skills, such as performing calculations, operating standard laboratory equipment, following scientific protocols, and proper maintenance of a laboratory notebook.
  • A command for utilizing aseptic technique and good/safe lab practice.
  • Proper application of the scientific method for experimental design, data interpretation, and result analysis with the use of critical and analytical reasoning.
  • An aptitude for identifying/solving scientific problems and conducting experimentation both independently and collaboratively.
  • Conceptual understanding of theory translated to an effective application of bio-techniques (i.e. cell culture, recombinant DNA technology, bioprocess, and product development/production).
  • Requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities pertaining to the field of biotechnology for workforce preparedness and/or successful transfer to a related degree program.

Biotechnology - Contact


Crystal Saunders

Department Chair/Instructor

Office 228, Barnes building, Rocky Mount campus
(252) 618-6701