Biotechnology is a continually evolving industry offering solutions to forensic, environmental, health, energy, agricultural and many other challenges facing the world. LSC-Montgomery offers the Biotechnology Laboratory Technician Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree that helps students develop relevant knowledge and skills crucial for success with modern laboratory-based careers. In addition, students have numerous opportunities to apply their training towards independent research projects, both within and outside of their Biotechnology courses.
The Biotechnology Laboratory Technician AAS degree program has integrated the Texas Workforce Investment Council-recognized biotechnology and biomedical skill standards into its curriculum. In the final semester of the program, students work as interns in area biotechnology companies, chemical technology companies, or research labs to complete their training. This focus on highly relevant training has enabled the LSC-Montgomery Biotechnology program, the first program of its type in Texas, to produce hundreds of graduates who have found success with both academic and industry organizations throughout the United States.
After completing the degree, students can either seek employment with a local life sciences company or transfer to a university to pursue additional education. In recent years, companies hiring Biotechnology Laboratory Technician AAS graduates represent multiple disciplines, including agriculture, health care, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and energy. Transfer students have enrolled in universities such as the University of Houston (Central and Downtown), Sam Houston State University, and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions. These students have continued their education in a wide variety of life science-, chemical and engineering-related degree programs.
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.