Contact Information

Division of Arts & Sciences

Contact Information for Bioprocess Technology
Phone (252) 738-3285
Email hamiltont@vgcc.edu
Office Room 8102,
Main Campus

Bioprocess Technology

The VGCC Bioprocess Technology Program will prepare men and women to work as process technicians in biological products manufacturing facilities. Some possible jobs include mixing chemicals to make cancer drugs, formulating medical and cosmetic creams and DNA testing kits.

Graduates will complete a two year Associates of Applied Science degree and may work for local companies such as Iams, Novozymes, Revlon and Bayer. Graduates will help attract economic growth to Vance and Granville counties as companies desire to open and expand in the area with a well-trained workforce.

First year courses include basics such as biology, chemistry, college algebra and computers, as well as industrial courses in bioprocessing., biochemistry and industrial environment. The first summer and subsequent semester of the program include a cooperative work experience in a local biotechnology company. The second year includes specialized courses in industrial bioprocessing, research and reporting and statistical quality control.

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Program Outcomes
  • Students receiving the Bioprocess Technology AAS degree will be able to prepare reports summarizing data obtained and laboratory procedures used to facilitate effective reproducibility by a peer.
  • Students receiving the Bioprocess Technology AAS degree will be able to use mathematical techniques to analyze bioprocessing data and quantitatively evaluate the results against pre-established criteria.
  • Students receiving the Bioprocess Technology AAS degree will be able to understand the requirements of GMP and how the FDA and other parts of the world regulates the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Students receiving the Bioprocess Technology AAS will be able to apply engineering concepts and process unit operations learned during the course of study to solve upstream and downstream process problems.
  • Students receiving the Bioprocess Technology AAS degree will be able to accurately and precisely perform laboratory measurements, operate a variety of laboratory instruments, and analyze the results generated from the use of those instruments.