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Overview

Summary

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 Workforce Investment Council as it has integrated the state's biotechnology and biomedical skill standards into its program.

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Transferring Credits

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.

LSC-Montgomery Biotechnology Institute (MCBI)

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.

Stackable Credentials

Credits earned in the Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Advanced Technical Certificate program may be applied to this degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 15 Credits
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
BIOL 1414 Introduction to Biotechnology 4
CHEM 1405-or-CHEM 1411 Introduction to Chemistry-or-General Chemistry I 4
BIOL 1406 Biology I for Science Majors 4
Second Semester Courses 14 Credits
BITC 1402 Biotech Lab Methods and Techniques 4
ENGL 1301 Composition & Rhetoric I 3
BITC 2350 Bioinformatics 3
BIOL 2421 General Microbiology 4

Second Year

First Semester Courses 14 Credits
ENGL 1302 Composition & Rhetoric II 3
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics1 3
BITC 2411-or-BITC 1491 Biotechnology Lab Instrumentation-or-Introduction to Biomanufacturing 4
BITC 2441 Molecular Biology Technology 4
Second Semester Courses 14 Credits
BITC 1191 Special Topics in Biotechnology 1
BITC 2431 Cell Culture Techniques 4
ANTH 2301 Physical Anthropology2 3
BITC 1250 Special Studies and Bioethical Issues of Biotechnology 2
BITC 2445 Medical Biotechnology 4
Third Semester Courses 3 Credits
BITC 2386 Internship - Biological Technology/Technician 3
Biotechnology AAS Degree Program Total 60 Credits

Footnotes

  1. May substitute any Humanities or Fine Arts course from the Creative Arts/Language, Philosophy, & Culture section of the AAS Associate of Applied Science  requirements course listing.
  2. May substitute any Social Science course from the Social/Behavioral Science section of the AAS Core requirements course listing

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Career Options 

Median wage $42,9241

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:    

  • Biological Science Laboratory Technician2
  • Biological Technician2
  • Research Assistant2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."

Footnotes

  1. Wage data is based on annual salaries from Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2016
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.

Tuition

Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $800 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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