The biotechnology program at LSC-Montgomery is one of only a few programs in Texas offering a degree in biotechnology. In addition, it has been recognized by the Texas Skill Standards Board as a program that meets all the skills standards adopted by the state of Texas for biotechnology. We are committed to basing our course objectives on the skills required by industry.
The biotechnology program is taught in a lab designed and dedicated for hands-on experiences. There is a general lab area and a separate cell culture room as well as a preparation room and a storage room. Students are taught techniques that they will use in industry such as PCR, HPLC, Cell Culture, Southern and Western Blotting, Argros and Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis and Recombinant DNA technology.
The Lone Star College-Montgomery awards an AAS degree in biotechnology as well as an Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) for those with an AS or BS degree in the natural sciences.
AAS Degree: The AAS degree provides students the skills necessary to be a biotechnician as well as the courses for transfer to auniversity such as UH-D or UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Sciences.
How Do I Apply? There is no formal application process necessary. All students who meet the college entrance requirements are eligible to begin the program. The first course in biotechnology, BIOL 1411, is a great introduction to the field of biotechnology. The courses necessary for an AAS degree can be found in the college catalogue, http://www.lonestar.edu/biotechnology-aas.htm
ATC Requirements: The ATC educates post-baccalaureate students to work at the bench and is composed soley of biotechnology courses.
How Do I Apply: To enter the program, students need to meet with the department chairman, Dr. Daniel Kainer (936-273-7060), to evaluate their past experiences and degrees. To be accepted, students must have completed the prerequisite courses in chemistry (2 semesters) and biology (3 semesters including microbiology). The course of study for those wishing to optain an Advanced Technical Certificate can be found in the college catalogue, http://www.lonestar.edu/biotechnology-certificate.htm.
Information Sessions: To find out more about the program, we recommend that you attend one of our campus information sessions. The spring semester dates are:Monday, February 24, 2014 from 1:30PM-2:30PM (Room B-222)
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 12:00PM-1:00PM (Room B-233)
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 11:30AM-12:30PM (Room B-233)
Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 10:00AM-11:00AM (Room B-233)
Current Projects: The biotechnology program is constantly evolving and changing as the needs of the workforce change. Currently, students and faculty are working on several alternative fuel projects: Waste Vegetable Oil to diesel, algae diesel, hydrogen fuel cell, wind power and solar power. Please look at our current projects page for updates.