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2018-2019 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biotechnology: Forensic DNA Science (AS)

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Division of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

The Associate Degree in Forensic DNA Science is the first and only undergraduate degree program in this field in the world. The training of the program is unique for several reasons. First, students are trained by participating in actual criminal and anthropological cases involving DNA evidence collection and analysis. Second, forensic training is entirely hands-on and confers on students extensive skills in DNA analysis. Third, students learn to perform mitochondrial DNA analysis, a high-demand forensic methodology used to determine the identity of unidentified human remains. Further, students intern with the world’s most renowned forensic institutions, including the FBI, Armed Forces DNA Identification Labs, and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Upon successful completion, the Associate in Science Degree in Biotechnology with a concentration in Forensic DNA Science is awarded.

Program Learning Outcomes

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credits: 16

credits: 17

First Year: Summer

  • In order to fulfill the critical thinking graduate competency, students must pass the Critical Thinking Challenge Exam or complete CT 100 .
  • EN 102 FRESHMAN ENGLISH II 3 Credits

credits: 6

Second Year: Semester 1

credits: 17

Second Year: Semester 2

credits: 14

Second Year: Summer

Total Credits: 74

* Pre-Calculus Mathematics (MA 104 ) may be substituted. This program qualifies as an Alternative Transfer Agreement (MassTransfer) with select public institutions in Massachusetts. For more information, visit

Program Notes

A grade of C or higher is required for all Biotechnology (BT) courses.

Humanities Electives:

Art, Communications, Film, Foreign Language, Humanities, Literature, Music, Oral Communication, Philosophy, Photography, Sign Language, Theater Arts

Social Science Electives:

Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Government, History, Law and Society (LA 230 ), Psychology, Sociology

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