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Science Center

Hudson Valley Community College’s $47.4 million, 100,000-square-foot science center was completed for the beginning of the Fall 2013 semester.

The three-story building houses 25 laboratories and includes 11 classrooms, faculty and staff offices, a conference space, a science study center and a greenhouse.

The building offers students the opportunity to explore new technologies and master the use of cutting-edge equipment used in the fields of biotechnology. Biology and chemistry, including high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectroscopy; confocal microscopes; flow cytometers and sorters, advanced digital microscopy; DNA sequencers; real-time PCR detection systems; and automated protein/RNA electrophoresis.

Working with this type of cutting-edge technology, our students will be well prepared for continuing their education at leading colleges and universities throughout the country or entering the workforce as highly trained laboratory technicians.

As the Capital Region continues to grow as a biotechnology/bio-manufacturing hub, the demand for qualified scientists and technicians continues to increase. Hudson Valley is poised to serve as the bridge between those companies seeking skilled employees and those seeking training and employment.

New Science Center RenderingsPhotos and Press Releases


  • 25 laboratories for the study of biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, earth science and forensics
  • 11 classrooms
  • 45 faculty and staff offices
  • conference space
  • science study center
  • greenhouse

New Science Center RenderingsAcademic Programs

The Capital Region is becoming a world-class center for biotechnology, and Hudson Valley is preparing graduates to pursue careers in this emerging field. As scientists, laboratory technicians, computer engineers, database administrators and forensic investigators, students can secure jobs in vaccine manufacturing, therapeutic antibody production, stem cell production, virus production and testing, genomic (DNA) diagnostics, quality control and drug safety testing, and buffer and media preparation.

Biotechnology graduates are well-prepared for careers as technicians at area businesses, including: Albany Medical Center, Albany Molecular Research Institute, Atotech, GlobalFoundries, Regeneron, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University at Albany Biotech Center and Wadsworth Labs.

Biological Sciences
We take seriously our role as an affordable, accessible way to enter higher education and the college’s Biological Sciences degree parallels the first two years of biology, pre-med, pre-veterinary, pharmacy or other research science degree program. Students in this rigorous program obtain a solid science and math foundation for continued study at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral level.

Environmental Science
The Environmental Science degree provides students with a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, the liberal arts and other environmental sciences such as zoology, botany and meteorology. Some graduates find work as environmental science and protection technicians, but most continue their education at a four-year college or university.

For more information about the academic programs studied in the Hudson Valley Community College Science Center, contact Dr. Peter Schaefer, p.schaefer@hvcc.edu.