Biotechnology

Program Description

Biotechnology is the manipulation (as through genetic engineering) of living organisms or their components to produce useful usually commercial products (as pest resistant crops, new bacterial strains, or novel pharmaceuticals) and thus improve the lives of living organisms.

Primarily a lab-based program, students explore the fundamental principles of biotechnology, career pathways and biotechnology business applications (medical, pharmaceutical and agricultural, as well as green energy). Topics of study include: DNA, RNA and protein technologies; microbiology; genetic diagnostics; health care and pharmaceuticals; food processing (GMOs); fermentation technology; energy and environmental management; plant tissue culturing; forensic science; cloning; stem cells; and bioethics. Laboratory activities reinforce concepts and principles presented. Students will also become proficient in nontechnical skills required for careers in biotechnology including formulating hypotheses, experimental design, interpreting data, discussing and communicating scientific results and record keeping.

To learn more about our program offerings, please view our Program of Studies.

Program Standards

  • Practice Shop Safety;
  • Understand career opportunities in Biotechnology industries;
  • DNA, RNA and protein technologies;
  • Genetic diagnostics;
  • Food processing (GMOs);
  • Fermentation technology;
  • Energy and environmental management; and
  • Communicating scientific results and record keeping


Industry Certifications

  • 10 Hour OHSA Training
  • CPR Certification


Career Pathways

The Biotechnology Career-Technology is designed as a pathway to higher educational opportunities. However, there are job prospects upon completion of a High School program.


High School Diploma

  • Animal Care Specialist
  • Greenhouse and Field Technician
  • Laboratory Support Worker


Associates Degree

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Health and Safety Specialist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Automation Specialist
  • Quality Control Technician


Bachelor’s Degree

  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Forensic DNA Analyst
  • Research Associate
  • Bio-medical Engineer


Program Locations in CT