Biotechnology and Compliance

Academic Division of Natural & Health Sciences

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The Biotechnology & Compliance Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the biotechnology industry. Students will develop a broad laboratory science-based background through courses focused in the life and chemical sciences, and will obtain industry-specific knowledge in the areas of quality control (QC) and good manufacturing practice (GMP). In addition, students will utilize state of the art equipment and instrumentation. Upon successful completion of the program, students may enter the workforce directly as entry-level laboratory technicians or research assistants, or may transfer to a four-year university to continue their studies at the baccalaureate level. Students can choose from an Associate’s Degree or Certificate in Biotechnology and Compliance.

Defining “Biotechnology”

Biotechnology is the practical application of science developed by a cluster of diverse fields with a common link. It utilizes living organisms to manufacture products intended to improve the quality of life. The practical applications of biotechnology can be found in the following sectors:

• Pharmaceutical products (medications)
• Agriculture (genetically modified organisms)
• Research
• Bioremediation (removal of environmental pollutants)

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• Researchers
• Laboratory Technicians
• Manufacturing Technicians
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• QC and QA Personnel

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For more information, please contact Bruce van Dyke, Chair of Biotechnology & Compliance Program Director, bvandyke@quincycollege.edu.

Quincy College offers both an Associate of Science Degree in Biotechnology and Compliance, and a Certificate in Biotechnology and Compliance.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the Biotechnology and Compliance Program, the student should be able to:
• Practice ethical standards of integrity, honesty, and fairness in scientific practices and professional conduct
• Compare and contrast aspects of the central dogma: DNA→mRNA→Protein
• Use appropriate computer software and hardware skills to accomplish biotechnology lab tasks
• Demonstrate technical knowledge of specialized techniques and instrumentation
• Communicate thoughts, orally and in writing, in a clear well-organized manner that effectively informs and clarifies scientific principles and lab techniques
• Use scientific procedures and current and emerging technologies to conduct safe and appropriate laboratory experiments and to collect data that are validated and documented
• Comply with and adhere to national, state, and local standards, policies, protocols, and regulations for laboratory and manufacturing activity
• Apply scientific knowledge and principles as well as quantitative methods and relevant technology to think critically and solve complex problems in biotechnology

Career Spotlight

• Process Development Associate
• Validation Specialist Facilities Technician
• QA Documentation Coordinator
• Manufacturing Technician-Upstream
• Manufacturing Technician-Downstream
• Chemistry QC Technician
• Microbiology QC Technician

The average starting salary for associate’s degree holders in Biotechnology is $40,000-50,000.


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Certificates

The Biotechnology Certificate Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the biomanufacturing industry. Students will develop a broad laboratory science-based background through courses focused in the life and chemical sciences, and will obtain industry-specific knowledge in the areas of quality control (QC), process development (PD), and upstream and downstream processing, all while following current, good manufacturing practices (cGMP). In addition, students will learn valuable laboratory techniques and instrumentation, and develop critical thinking skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students may enter the workforce directly as entry-level laboratory technicians or research assistants, or may transfer to a four-year university to continue their studies at the baccalaureate level.

 

 

Degrees

The Biotechnology Associate Degree is a  program within the Division of Natural & Health Sciences and is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the biomanufacturing industry. Students will develop a broad laboratory science-based background through courses focused in the life and chemical sciences, and will obtain industry-specific knowledge in the areas of quality control (QC), process development (PD), and upstream and downstream processing, all while following current, good manufacturing practices (cGMP). In addition, students will learn valuable laboratory techniques and instrumentation, and develop critical thinking skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students may enter the workforce directly as entry-level laboratory technicians or research assistants, or may transfer to a four-year university to continue their studies at the baccalaureate level.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Practice ethical standards of integrity, honesty, and fairness in scientific practices and professional conduct
  • Compare and contrast aspects of the central dogma: DNA→mRNA→Protein
  • Use appropriate computer software and hardware skills to accomplish biotechnology lab tasks
  • Demonstrate technical knowledge of specialized techniques and instrumentation
  • Communicate thoughts, orally and in writing, in a clear well-organized manner that effectively informs and clarifies scientific principles and lab techniques
  • Use scientific procedures and current and emerging technologies to conduct safe and appropriate laboratory experiments and to collect data that are validated and documented
  • Comply with and adhere to national, state, and local standards, policies, protocols, and regulations for laboratory and manufacturing activity
  • Apply scientific knowledge and principles as well as quantitative methods and relevant technology to think critically and solve complex problems in biotechnology

 

Quincy

Biotechnology and Compliance Courses
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    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • BIO 111
    • General Biology I
    • 4
    An introductory course in Biology with main emphasis on cell structure and function. Lecture topics include: Gene structure and inheritance, study of plants and fungi, evolution, and ecology. Extensive discussion of concerns facing humanity today including quality of nutrition, environmental pollution, genetic engineering, inheritable diseases, and birth defects. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CHE 121
    • General Chemistry I
    • 4
    A study of the fundamental chemical laws and theories. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, chemical and physical properties, change of state, solution chemistry and gas laws. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: MAT 103 with “C” or better.
    • BTC 101
    • Introduction to Biotechnology
    • 4
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the role of biotechnology in the fields of medicine, environmental science, forensics, microbes and agriculture. The student will explore the theory, tools and application behind the genetics involved in these fields. This lab-based, hands-on course will expose the student to the techniques and equipment utilized in scientific laboratories around the world. Prerequisites: CHE 121/131 and/or BIO 111/121. One course allowed concurrently.
    • CHE 122
    • General Chemistry II
    • 4
    A continuation of General Chemistry I. Additional topics include solution properties and equilibria, chemical kinetics, thermodynamics, and nuclear chemistry. Also, an introduction to organic chemistry along with a survey of biochemical applications. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisites: CHE 121 with “C” or better.
    • BTC 220
    • Bio manufacturing I
    • 4
    This course is the second in the series of cornerstone courses in Biotechnology and Compliance and the first of three courses in Bio manufacturing. This lab-based course is designed to introduce the student to the high-tech world of manufacturing prescription drugs. The course begins with an overview of bio manufacturing, its rapid growth and the industries need for well trained employees. We examine the need for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and their requirements for current good manufacturing practices (cGMP). The student will become skilled in the techniques and equipment necessary to manufacture a recombinant protein. The goal of the course is to manufacture a mammalian protein in bacteria following cGMP’s and standard operating procedures through upstream and downstream processes. Quality control methods will stringently test the protein product and validate its purity. Prerequisites: CHE121/131, BIO111/121, and BTC101.
    • BIO 151
    • Microbiology
    • 4
    A study of non-pathogenic and pathogenic microorganisms designed primarily for students in the health sciences area. Topics covered include: microbial characteristics, control of micro-organisms, defenses of the host, and cause, prevention, and control of infectious diseases. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: BIO 111 with “C” or better. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • BTC 210
    • Biochemistry
    • 4
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the biochemical principals involved in the synthesis, structure and function of biologically important molecules (Proteins, Lipids, Carbohydrates and Nucleic Acids). Examination of the intricate relationship between the structure and function of these molecules will give insight into the biological processes of the living cell. Topics will include: catalytic activity and kinetics of enzymes; how molecules outside the cell regulate what happens inside the cell; how understanding the biochemistry of these molecules has spurred the growth of a relatively new industry - Biotechnology. Prerequisites: CHE121/131 and MAT103 with “C” or better. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs.

    This course includes an additional 3 hour lab.
    • BTC 230
    • Bio manufacturing II
    • 4
    This course is the third in the series of cornerstone courses in Biotechnology and Compliance and the second of three courses in Bio manufacturing. This lab-based course is designed to give students experience in various aspects of bio manufacturing including but not limited to: Process development, Quality Control, Environmental Health and Safety, and Upstream and Downstream Processing. The course begins with the aseptic techniques involved in the culturing and preservation of mammalian and yeast cells. Scale-up techniques (upstream processing) will then be used to culture a 1 milliliter volume of cells (106) into 3-10 liter columns containing many trillions of cells (1012). An in-depth discussion of downstream processing techniques such as tangential flow filtration and protein purification systems will be utilized to purify a protein product (drug) from the cell media. Strict adherence to current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) will be followed and the protein products will be tested and validated for purity. Prerequisites: CHE 121/131, BIO 111/121, BIO 151/152, BTC 101, BTC 201, BTC 220.
    • BTC 240
    • Seminar in Biotechnology
    • 1
    Seminar-style capstone course covering professional topics in biotechnology and compliance, including but not limited to: discussion of emerging technologies, innovations, and new products that are noteworthy to the biotechnology industry; the steps involved with the regulatory approval process for a new biotechnology-derived product, and; key issues associated with adequate quality-control systems, assays and stability for novel biotechnology products. Students, working in teams, will give written and oral presentations on case studies that attempt to predict products derived from the new innovations and discoveries. The objective of the course is to give the student insight into the process of translating scientific discovery into innovative products. Prerequisite: BTC 220 Core-requisites: BTC 230 & BTC 250.
    • BTC 250
    • Bio manufacturing III
    • 4
    This course is the fourth in the series of cornerstone courses in Biotechnology and Compliance and the final courses in bio manufacturing. This lab-based course is designed to give students experience in manufacturing a retail product – Science Laboratory Kits. Applying technical skills acquired from previous manufacturing course work, students will design science kits to be used in Quincy College’s science labs as well as high school science class. Students will write standard operating procedures (SOP’s) for the production of kit components, write experimental protocols for use by science teachers in the lab, manufacturing kit components following SOP’s as well as assemble and validate the kits. Strict adherence to current good manufacturing practices will be applied. Prerequisites: CHE121/131, BIO111/121, BIO151/152, BTC101, BTC220. Core-requisites: BTC 230.
    • PHL 103
    • Medical Ethics
    • 3
    This course will examine a number of value problems arising from the broader context of ethical systems and explore them within the context of medicine and health care. Among the ethical problems, particular considerations will be given to euthanasia, abortion, genetic research, and human experimentation. Issues of medicine and the public interest will also be discussed. Open to all students. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • BTC 102
    • Buffer and Media Preparation*
    • 2
    This laboratory based course is designed to introduce the student to the skills required to prepare chemical buffers and cell culture media for use in the bio manufacturing industry. The student will become skilled in the techniques and equipment necessary to prepare high quality buffers and media for use in the manufacturing of protein products. The goal of this course is to manufacture buffers and media following strict aseptic techniques while adhering to current good manufacturing practices (cGMP). Quality control methods will stringently test the buffering capacity, ionic strength, and purity of products.
    • BTC 103
    • Technical Writing in Bio manufacturing*
    • 2
    This course in technical Writing is designed to introduce the student to the complexity of documentation in the bio manufacturing environment. Students will discover the role of Quality Assurance in the day to day operations of the manufacturing facility. Following the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), students will learn the process of writing and following standard operating procedures (SOPs), deviation reports, corrective action/prevention action reports (CAPAs), and change control reports among others. Students will design a manufacturing company following strict CFR guidelines. The importance of integrity in documentation will be emphasized for maintaining high quality products.
    • BTC 202
    • Protein Purification
    • 2
    This course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of protein purification. Students will learn the physical and chemical properties of various protein purification media used in bio manufacturing and how those properties can be utilized for purifying proteins. Students will be engaged in real world applications relating to the chromatographic techniques involved in preparing media, packing columns, calibrating columns, and equilibrating columns. Students will learn how to design protein purification schemes based upon their knowledge of the intrinsic properties of proteins. All purified proteins will be validated using electrophoretic and spectrophotometric techniques.
    • BTC 297
    • Biotechnology and Compliance Internship
    This course provides the student with the opportunity to integrate the academic studies of Biotechnology and Compliance into an experiential supervised setting. The student will work for one hundred sixty (160) hours in an approved internship position arranged through the college. Relevant work areas include: application of hands-on techniques and equipment. A final paper and presentation is required. Prerequisities: 30 credits competed (15 at QC, 15 in major), a GPA of 3.1 or higher and permission of the dean.
    • CHE 213
    • Organic Chemistry I
    • 5
    This course is the first semester of a two semester course. Lecture topics include: Fundamental concepts of the carbon-containing compounds will be introduced. Topics include nomenclature, electron delocalization, resonance, stereochemistry, conformational analysis, synthesis, structure and reactivity relationships and spectroscopy. Lab skills learned include: Understanding of laboratory safety, organic laboratory techniques used to separate, identify, and purify chemicals, and selected instrumental analysis. Laboratory techniques to be mastered include, but are not limited to, filtration, distillation, extraction, evaporation, recrystallization, sublimation, centrifugation, chromatography, and spectrophotometry. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: Successful completion of CHE 121 and CHE 122 with “C” or better.
    • ENV 101
    • Introduction to Environmental Studies
    • 4
    This introductory course utilizes numerous case studies of current environmental health and safety issues. Lecture topics include: Human/ecological exposure to pesticides and hazardous substances, acid rain, ozone depletion, global warming, and biodiversity. Students will gain environmental literacy by learning about the science behind these issues, the role of the media in public awareness, and subsequent regulation to protect environmental health and safety. Lab skills learned: Conduct hands-on experiments covering a broad range of topics including chemistry, biology, ecology, toxicology and earth science. This course will provide a foundation for students who wish to have a career in environmental science and provide non-majors with a good working knowledge to help them discriminate between valid environmental concerns and unsubstantiated claims. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs.
    • PHY 111
    • General Physics I
    • 4
    This is an algebra based physics course. Lecture topics include: The principles of mechanics emphasizing the conservation of momentum and energy through a study of uniform accelerated motion. Topics include Newton’s laws, work and energy, centripetal force, and moments of inertia Prerequisites: MAT 100, MAT 103, MAT 113, or MAT 204 with “C” or better.

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