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Program Highlights


Degree Options

Biological Technology, Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Biotechnology, Bachelor of Science (BS)


Learn the knowledge and skills you’ll need to begin improving lives through science in SUNY Cobleskill’s Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology degree program. Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with high demand for trained practitioners in manufacturing, agriculture, government, academic research and beyond.

SUNY Cobleskill’s Biotechnology program trains students in modern cellular biology, genetics and molecular biology, with a firm foundation in the arts and sciences. Graduates gain a solid understanding of ethical practices, learn to prepare technical reports, demonstrate good lab practice and understand the principles of microscopy and genetic engineering.

Students in the program may choose to specialize in plant, animal, pharmaceutical, medical or forensic biotechnology to suit their interests and career goals. Through hands-on laboratory work, research opportunities, and internships, students gain plenty of practical experience long before graduation.

What is Biotechnology?

A combination of biology and technology, Biotechnology is the field of applied biology using living organisms and bioprocesses to engineer and advance products. SUNY Cobleskill's Biotechnology program is solidly based in the arts and sciences, with a further focused and advanced specialization in modern cellular biology, genetics and molecular biology.

What Does a Biotechnician Do?

Advancements in medicine, pharmaceuticals and agriculture are all made possible by Biotechnology graduates, and SUNY Cobleskill?s Biotechnology program arms students with the knowledge necessary to improve lives through science.

Biotechnology students take coursework in biology, chemistry and mathematics, in addition to specialized courses that appeal to their interests and career goals. Specialization areas include microorganisms, plants, and animals used in modern agriculture. Students in SUNY Cobleskill's Biotechnology program gain a firm understanding of standard ethical practices, learn to prepare technical reports, demonstrate good lab practice, are knowledgeable in the principles of microscopy and understand the basic concepts in genetic engineering. Sample courses include:

  • Microbiology
  • Cell biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Theory & Methods in Biotechnology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Botany
  • Bioinformatics
  • Tissue Cultures Techniques
  • Ethics in Science, Medicine & Technology
  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Animal biotechnology
  • Aquaculture biofuels
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Biopharmaceuticals
  • Conservation biology
  • Education
  • Food safety
  • Forensics
  • Medical technology
  • Vaccines