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.
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.
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