Oct 05, 2022  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

Biotechnology Option, Arts and Science, A.A.

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Emily Rabinsky, 413.552.2470, erabinsky@hcc.edu


This program is intended for the student who is interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in the life sciences utilizing the basic principles of biotechnology. This technology is based on recent advances in the discipline of recombinant DNA technology. Students completing this option will have acquired the necessary laboratory skills and theoretical background for transfer to state or private colleges. Career and research opportunities include, but are not limited to: animal sciences, agrigenetics, immunogenetics, pharmaceutics, biomedical technologies, forensics, and environmental sciences.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • describe the basic biological principles that underlie the field of biotechnology
  • perform common laboratory techniques and calculations relevant to biotechnology
  • collect and analyze experimental results
  • use laboratory equipment safely and properly
  • follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) and proper documentation guidelines
  • demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
  • collaborate with others to complete tasks
  • apply critical thinking skills to troubleshoot issues that arise in the lab



1ECN 101 : Suggested Social Science Elective

2PHI 120 : Suggested Humanities Elective

3Students selecting CHM 221  must also then take CHM 222  

4Students selective PHS 111  must also then take PHS 112  

Only 6 non-Arts and Science credits may be taken towards an A.A. degree.

This program qualifies for the MassTransfer STEM block, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities.  MassTransfer grants students automatic acceptance to certain Massachusetts state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.  Students who enroll in programs with the 28 credit MassTransfer STEM general education foundation block will need to complete the associate degree in order to waive the general education requirements at a Massachusetts State University. In addition to the completion of the associate’s degree and the STEM general education foundation at Holyoke Community College, students will need to complete an additional 12 credits in general education requirements at the four-year college. If a student will not complete the degree before transferring it is recommended that they complete the 34 credit MassTransfer general education foundation block. Students should meet with Mark Broadbent, Coordinator of Transfer Affairs to discuss their transfer plans.

Depending on course selection, 50% of this program can be completed online. Go to Online Learning for more information.


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