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Community College of Rhode Island — Biotechnology

How do I prepare for further education in biotechnology?

Completing an associate degree in science at CCRI is the natural first step in continuing your education in biotechnology. The SCID program is intended for individuals who wish to pursue a career in science or a related field. Biotechnology credits can be used toward the completion of the Science Track leading to an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. The four-credit Cell Biology for Technology (BIOL 1000) is one of the suggested science courses. Eight of the Biology Certificate Program credits (BIOL 1300, 1310, and 2480) count as science credits and the remaining six credits may be used as elective credits.

Once you have completed an associate degree, the next step is to complete your bachelorís degree. There are many variables involved in applying and being accepted into a degree program, so it would be best to make a checklist prior to deciding on which school you would like to attend.

  • College and university programs look for students with demonstrated high academic potential. Therefore, an important first step is getting good grades in your certificate classes. If you need help with your studies please come to the CCRI success center for tutoring and other services.
  • Check that any credits you have earned will transfer to the new school and be applied towards your new degree before applying. Remember that the Rhode Island transfer agreement outlines the possibilities and requirements for transferring to URI or RIC.
  • Investigate potential schools and programs to find the right program at the right school to meet your personal and career goals. If your goal is marine biotechnology, then a coastal university may be more appropriate than one located in the Midwest. If your goal is to do research, then a degree in biotechnology manufacturing will not be the best choice. Explore the Biotechnology Degree Guide to find a program that meets your personal and professional goals.