Biotechnological Science (Certificate)


Program Description
SUNY Erie's Biotechnological Science Certificate Program provides graduates with an affordable education that combines actual biotechnological and bio-manufacturing practices, lean manufacturing and hands-on lab equipment experiences. Students interested in science, technology, engineering and math will be equipped with the technical skills needed to begin a career right here in Western New York. 

Erie Community College has partnered with local pharmaceutical, medical device and food processing companies to train entry-level biotechnology and bio-manufacturing technicians, who can produce new drug discoveries, biomedical devices used in surgeries, and food products in a very clean environment. 

Industry technicians are in high demand not only in Western New York but also throughout the United States. Graduates of this program can expect to work in a manufacturing environment that is clean and regulated by the FDA ensuring these products are safe or human use. Graduates of this program can select from several career paths as technicians or operators of clean room manufacturing, research and development of new drugs, product testing of new medical devices, or in food manufacturing and safety. 

Instructors who teach our core courses have years of work experience in biotechnology, bio-manufacturing and food production industries. The program's curriculum encompasses courses in good manufacturing practices, lean manufacturing and regulatory compliance agency guidelines. Students practice how to read, write and interpret standard operating procedures. They are instructed in aseptic processes, bio-safety and basic laboratory skills. They will have hands-on training in laboratory equipment, clean-room simulation and gowning to meet specific needs of local industry.


Program Details

Campus: North
  • high school graduate or HSE (High School Equivalency);
  • overall high school average of 75% within the last five years;
  • a 75% final grade in high school general biology and chemistry;
  • a minimum college GPA of 2.5 within the last 5 years;
  • completion of all required developmental English courses;
  • completion of developmental math courses; and
  • completion of high school biology or Biology 107 and high school chemistry or chemistry with a lab (CH 140/141) achieving a minimal grade of "C" in both within the last 5 years.

Essential Functions
In order for the student to perform the essential functions of the biotechnology and bio-manufacturing professions, the following technical standards are required of students entering the Biotechnological Science Certificate Program.

Vision: The student must be able to read charts and graphs, discriminate colors, read instrument scales, observe microscopic material, and record results.

Speech and Hearing: The student must be able to communicate effectively.

Fine Motor Functions: The student must manifest all the skills which would enable manipulation of laboratory supplies and instrumentation.

Psychological Stability: The student must demonstrate the emotional health required for full utilization of intellectual abilities

For more information:
Jeanie Bryant, North Campus
Room B613A
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 270-5219

Dr. Jennifer Fendinger, North Campus
Office B613B
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 851-1549