Queen’s has announced a new collaborative biotechnology program with St. Lawrence College, which will allow students from both institutions to enroll in a five-year, hands-on degree. The joint Bachelor of Science (Honours) Collaborative Biotechnology Program, which was announced earlier this month, is one of the first of its kind. It will be offered beginning next September. The program allows students enrolled at either Queen’s University or St. Lawrence College to earn credit towards their degree from either institution. The program, which is designed to produce career-ready graduates to work in the emerging field of biotechnology — the use of living organisms to develop new technology — requires only five years of study. Previously, a similar program would take seven years to complete (four years for a university diploma and three years to acquire a college certificate).