LSC-Montgomery Biotechnology Department


The Biotechnology Program atLone Star College-Montgomeryworks with the local industry to educate students with basic laboratory skills, math, genetic engineering, protein purification, cell culture, quality assurance and quality control, bioinformatics, computer skills, ethics, documentation, and teamwork. Students who complete the program areprepared to work in a variety of positions in companiessuch aspharmaceutical, molecular diagnostics, manufacturing, research,agriculture and cell culture.

TheLSC-Montgomery Biotechnology Program offers a 2-year Associates of Applied Science (AAS) degree and a 1-year Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC) for students with a 4-year degree. The AAS degree provides students the skills necessary to be a biotechnician as well as the core courses that will transfer to a 4-year university such asUniversity of Houston-Downtown, Stephen F. Austin State University or UT M. D. Anderson School of Health Science. The Advanced Technical Certificate educates post-baccalaureate students to work at the bench and is composed solely of biotechnology courses. At the end ofboth programs, students are required to do an internship in industry. Many ofour students are hired during their internship while others choose to continue their education at a 4-year university.

About Biotechnology

The term biotechnology was coined in 1919 by Karl Erecky, a Hungarian engineer and referred to the types of work that involved using living organisms to make products.

By the mid-20th century, many teams of researchers were putting together the pieces that explain how a nucleic acid, DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), carries the genetic information of the cell, and thus of all life on Earth. In 1953 James Watson and Francis Crick developed a model of DNA -- the famous "double helix" -- that demonstrated how the molecule could replicate itself to transmit genetic information.

These discoveries opened the floodgates to today's biotechnology, where researchers and technicians are manufacturing new DNA, combining DNA from different life forms, and identifying which particular sequences of DNA are responsible for genetic traits, both good ones (like pest resistance in crops) and bad ones (like cystic fibrosis in humans). By working with these DNA sequences, researchers can eliminate undesirable traits, promote desirable ones, and move the traits from one life form into another.The major focus of biotechnology todayis the manipulation of not only living organisms but their sub-cellular parts. Welcome genomics and the golden era of genetics: What was once obscure research for scientists has become relevant to all of us.

Contacts

NaSH Division
Dean of Instruction

Biotechnology
Department Chair

NaSH Counselor

Dean of Instruction
Phone: 936.273.7076
Office: B-200B
Department Chair
Phone: 936.271.6169
Office: B-200J
NaSH Counselor
Phone: 936.273.7074
Office: B-200S


Biotechnology Faculty
Instructional Specialist
Phone: 936.273.7037
Office: B-221B
Professor
Phone: 936.273.7363
Office: B-200D
Program Coordinator
Phone: 936.273.7073
Office: B-221
Professor
Phone: 936.273.7403
Office: B-220E
Professor
Phone: 936.273.7060
Office: B-221A