The Biotechnology AAS degree (AAS_BIOT) is offered at LSC-Montgomery. For more information, please contact the Biotechnology Department.

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Program Description

Biotechnology is a continually evolving field offering solutions to problems in fields such as forensics, pharmaceutical, medical research, alternative fuels, and agriculture. LSC-Montgomery offers the skills necessary for entry-level work in the bioscience industry. The biotechnology associate of applied science (AAS) degree program offers experiences in cell culture, laboratory methods, molecular biology, and laboratory instrumentation. Additionally, the program includes a sequence of biology, chemistry, and microbiology. In the final semester of the program, students work as interns in area biotechnology companies or medical center research labs to complete their training. The LSC-Montgomery biotechnology program is the top-ranked program in Texas and the only one to be rated as "Exemplary" by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. In addition, the biotechnology associate's degree program is rated as a recognized biotechnology program by the Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB) as it has integrated the state's biotechnology and biomedical skill standards into its program.

After completing the AAS degree, students may choose to transfer to a neighboring university and enroll in a "2+2" program leading to a bachelor's degree in biotechnology or related fields. Currently, such a program exists with the UH–Downtown and the University of Texas, Medical Branch. The courses for several of these bachelor degree programs are offered at the LSC-University Center, located on the LSC-Montgomery campus.

Students with the appropriate level of prior training may elect to take individual courses within the biotechnology core, with the exception of the internship course. A student, for example, may take the Molecular Biology Techniques course (BITC 2441) to gain skills in that area.

The LSC-Montgomery Biotechnology Institute (MCBI) was created to establish a point of contact for all biotechnology training inquiries. The Institute's goal is to prepare students for all levels of entry into the biotechnology industry. The MCBI functions to identify and meet biotechnology industry training needs, recruit students using a variety of outreach programs, help retrain workers changing careers through the Biotechnology ATC, and partner with four-year programs.

Please e-mail mcbiotech@LoneStar.edu, call 936.273.7060 for more information.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
BIOL 1406 Biology I for Science Majors 4
BIOL 1414 Introduction to Biotechnology OR 4
BITC 1411 Introduction to Biotechnology  
CHEM 1405 Introduction to Chemistry OR 4
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I  
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Sport OR 1
    Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course  
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3

TOTAL Credits for First Semester:

16

Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
BIOL 2420 Medical Microbiology OR 4
BIOL 2421 General Microbiology  
BITC 1402 Biotech Lab Methods and Techniques 4
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II OR 4
CHEM 1419 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry  
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3

TOTAL Credits for Second Semester:

15

Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
ENGL 1302 Composition & Rhetoric II 3

TOTAL Credits for Third Semester:

3

Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
BIOL 1407 Biology II for Science Majors 4
BIOL 2416 Genetics 4
BITC 1191 Special Topics in Biotechnology 1
BITC 2411 Biotech Lab Instrumentation 4
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR  
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication  

TOTAL Credits for First Semester:

16

Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
BITC 1191 Special Topics in Biotechnology 1
BITC 2431 Cell Culture Techniques 4
BITC 2441 Molecular Biology Techniques 4
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3
SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology 3

TOTAL Credits for Second Semester:

15

Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
BITC1 2486 Biotechnology Internship 4

TOTAL Credits for Third Semester:

4

Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for Biotechnology AAS Degree:

69

  1. Capstone course