Montgomery College 2017-2018 Catalog 
    Feb 20, 2024  
Montgomery College 2017-2018 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biotechnology AAS: 334

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The biotechnology program is designed to instruct and train students in the field of biotechnology. Entry-level workers in the field of biotechnology are involved in laboratory work such as DNA isolation or sequencing, cell culture, toxicology or vaccine sterility testing, antibody production and isolation, and the testing and development of diagnostic and therapeutic agents. Training is designed to prepare students for both academic achievement and successful employment in the biotechnology industry. The program offers both a degree and two certificates to meet students’ different needs.

On completion of the biotechnology AAS, the student may transfer to another institution and earn a bachelor’s degree in a biological science or may elect to enter the workforce. Course selection within the curriculum depends on which option the student selects.

The emphasis of the program is on applied laboratory skills relevant to the biotechnology industry. A solid foundation is obtained through introductory coursework in biotechnology, biology, chemistry, and mathematics. These background courses prepare students for more rigorous upper-level applied coursework in biotechnology, biology, and chemistry taken during the second year. High school biology, chemistry, and math (algebra II) are strongly recommended.

Because of the variation in requirements of four-year institutions, students are urged to consult an adviser about specific course selections.

General Education Course Selections

Click here to view the Foundation/Distribution Courses  for selection to fulfill the General Education Course Requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Total Credit Hours: 60

* ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A  , if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or elective.

‡  CHEM 203  (5 semester hours) may be taken instead of  CHEM 150  .

† Program electives:  BIOT 250 , CMAP 120 , CHEM 132 , CHEM 204 , PHYS 233 , SCIR 297 , MATH elective, BIOL elective, HUMD, BSSD, or ARTD.


Program Outline / Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements

Foundation Courses

  • English Foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
  • Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)

Distribution Courses

  • 4 semester hours (NSLD)
  • Arts or humanities distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD or HUMD)
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)

General Education Elective

Program Requirements

Total Credit Hours: 60

* ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A  , if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or elective.

‡  CHEM 203 (5 semester hours) may be taken instead of CHEM 150.

† Program electives:  BIOT 250  , CMAP 120  , CHEM 132  , CHEM 204  , PHYS 233  , SCIR 297  , MATH elective, BIOL elective, COMM 108  or  COMM 112  , HUMD, BSSD, or ARTD.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Independently complete basic laboratory tasks common to biotechnology such as documentation, pipetting, buffer preparation, dilutions, and gel electrophoresis.
  • Define and explain the basic principles, concepts, and techniques of biotechnology.

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