Graduates from this program have been employed by or interned at:
American Gene Technologies, Astra Zeneca, Biofactura, Charles River, Fort Detrick Army Laboratories, Johns Hopkins Medicine, LONZA, MedImmune, Precision Medicine, Trideum Biosciences, USDA, VaLogic LLC
The Biotechnology A.A.S. Degree Program provides students with a strong basic science foundation and enables them to develop a sound understanding of the major technologies employed in the industry. Students will develop collaborative and disciplined work ethics while consistently practicing problem-solving skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will possess the necessary skills to qualify for employment in a variety of biotechnology industries.
This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level technician positions in biomedical, research, and industrial laboratory areas. The biotechnology industry is rapidly growing locally, regionally, and globally. The Biotechnology A.A.S. Degree Program prepares students for employment in the local biotechnology industry. The program emphasizes science, communication, critical thinking, manufacturing technologies, and laboratory environmental health and safety. Students work in small collaborative groups to apply current manufacturing techniques while using problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Students learn industry-specific skills required in biotechnology jobs, such as how to:
Perform upstream bioprocessing techniques to culture cells and microorganisms to create a bulk bio-product for research and industry
Perform downstream bioprocessing techniques to separate and refine bulk bio-products into a suitable form for end use in industry
Manufacture assays for diagnostic testing for research
Implement cell culture, fermentation, separation, purification, and sterilization techniques in a laboratory setting
Understand and apply basic laboratory skills, documentation practices, and aseptic techniques to monitor production, maintain workplace safety, and prevent contamination of bio-products
A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in the field of Biotechnology. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss questions with Biotechnology faculty.
BCCC students Himsheela and Joyceline at NIH CC Day...
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) held the 10th Community College (CC) Day on November 19, 2018. This provided community college students and faculty in Maryland and Virginia an excellent opportunity to visit the NIH campus and learn about careers and ... Read more