Students who want to study biotechnology can find courses within many undergraduate and graduate degree programs at 2-year community colleges and 4-year public and private universities in Connecticut. The majority of the courses are research-based and focus on laboratory work. Internships are sometimes also offered, and the curricula might include research or thesis requirements.
Students of these Connecticut programs can choose from various areas of specialization. Depending on their prior education, students might apply to the following eight biotechnology-related programs at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral levels:
- Biomolecular Sciences
- Biotechnology Technician
- Biology and Molecular and Cell Biology
- Animal Biotechnology
- Chemistry: Biotechnology
Central Connecticut State University
This New Britain school offers a Bachelor of Science in Biomolecular Sciences program through the Department of Biomolecular Sciences. Students work with modern research equipment in laboratories and special facilities. All students take a series of core courses that cover research, cell and molecular biology and biomolecular science. The school also offers a biotechnology specialization that includes courses in genetics, histology, genomics and microbiology. Completion of a thesis and independent research are generally requirements of the degree program.
Middlesex Community College
Students who are interested in entry-level careers within the biotechnology industry can enroll at the Bedford or Lowell campuses of Middlesex Community College. The college offers an Associate in Science program for biotechnology technicians, which prepares students for a bachelor's degree program in the biotechnology field. Classes examine microbiology, immunology, technology, computer science and bioethics. Learners also take part in a biotechnology internship.
Located in Hamden, Quinnipiac's Department of Biological Sciences offers a combined Bachelor of Science in Biology/Master of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology. Classes cover genetics, physics, biochemistry and cell physiology. Within the five-year program, students can complete a thesis or non-thesis option.
There is also a Master of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology program for students who want to work in pharmaceuticals, research and hospitals. The program is largely lab-focused, and students regularly lead research studies.
Southern Connecticut State University
Students who enroll at this New Haven school can earn a Bachelor of Science in Biology or a Bachelor of Arts in Biology through the Biology Department. Within both degree programs, students can concentrate in biotechnology, molecular, cellular and developmental biology. All students take classes in zoology, botany and genetics. Students also must take one course from each of four content areas, including anatomy, physiology, cell/molecular biology and biodiversity.
University of Connecticut
This Storrs school offers biotechnology-related programs that cover agricultural biotechnology and animal biotechnology. In the bachelor's degree program in animal biotechnology, students take courses in DNA identification, animal behavior, feeding principles, human genetics and microbiology, as well as complete a research project.
University of New Haven
The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven in West Haven offers a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Biotechnology. The program combines lecture and lab courses in areas like microbiology, immunology, genetics, molecular biology and chemistry. In addition to required courses, the 126-credit program includes two semesters of college physics and electives in genomics and bioinformatics.
Western Connecticut State University
This Danbury school offers a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with an option in biotechnology through the Department of Chemistry. Classes cover all types of chemistry, ranging from analytical to physical and inorganic. There are a number of laboratory classes, and students have the opportunity to take part in research studies. In the final semester, students take part in a senior presentation.
Located in New Haven, this university offers students a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology program. Students can choose between the biotechnology and neurobiology tracks. The biotechnology track provides students with access to four advisers. Classes include chemistry, biomedical engineering, biomechanics, chemical engineering and macromolecular dynamics. Prior to graduation, students complete an intensive research project. Additionally, the School of Medicine at Yale offers students' access to the W.M. Keck Foundation Biotechnology Resource Laboratory.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Biotechnology Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-16)|
|Central Connecticut State University||Four-year, public; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Biomolecular Sciences||$9,300 in-state; $21,570 out-of-state*|
|Middlesex Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Science in Biotechnology Technician||$4,514 in-state; $9,458 out-of-state*|
|Quinnipiac University||Four-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb|| Bachelor of Science in Biology/Master of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology,
Master of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology
|$42,270 undergraduate; $17,874 graduate*|
|Southern Connecticut State University||Four-year, public; midsize city||Bachelor of Arts/ Science in Biology: Biotechnology, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology||$9,600 in-state; $21,870 out-of-state*|
|University of Connecticut||Four-year, public; large suburb|| Minor in Agricultural Biotechnology,
Bachelor of Science in Animal Science: Animal Biotechnology
|$13,366 in-state undergraduate; $34,908 out-of-state undergraduate; $15,296 in-state graduate; $36,082 out-of-state graduate*|
|University of New Haven||Four-year, private not-for-profit; large suburb||Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Biotechnology||$35,650*|
|Western Connecticut State University||Four-year, public; small city||Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry: Biotechnology||$9,516 in-state; $21,786 out-of-state*|
|Yale University||Four-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Arts/Science in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology: Biotechnology||$47,600*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator