The Biotechnology program offers an instructional area for students to develop proficiencies in the skills and techniques required for: DNA isolation, DNA cloning and analysis, protein expression, protein purification and analysis, isolation of chromosomes and cellular organelles and culture of bacterial and mammalian cells. Students will learn how to prepare and sterilize reagents and how to maintain and use common lab equipment such as gel electrophoresis apparatus, autoclaves, pH meters, thermal cyclers, centrifuges, biosafety cabinets and more. Students will develop the skills to understand and write standard operating procedures (SOPs). They will also learn to analyze and document their results in a clear, concise fashion.
Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities
All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year. While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work. Some of the internship and cooperative education opportunities students have experienced include the following partnership/s:
- WPI Gateway
- Lake Pharma, Inc.
- MBI Industries
- UMASS Research Labs – various
- Clinical Pharmacology Office
- Lab Technician
- Medical Research
- Veterinary research
- Pharmaceutical Industry