Biotechnology, AAS

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    Program Description

    Students develop science laboratory technical skills in preparation for employment under the supervision of professional scientists in a variety of laboratory settings. The program can also serve as the first two years of preparation for a four-year school with a major in physical or biological sciences.

    The second year prepares students for employment in scientific labs including biological and chemical labs in biotech companies or universities. On the job experience is in-built in the program via internships. The Biotechnology Program includes a state-of-the-art technical research experience provided by local biotechnology companies and research facilities/ labs at local universities including University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Towson University and Johns Hopkins University.

    The mission of the Biotechnology program at Baltimore City Community College provides state of the art biotechnology education and training to the citizens of Baltimore and the State of Maryland, as well as, to provide information.

Career Options and Occupation Outlook

  • The State of Maryland employment opportunities in the field of biotechnology are in any of the 500+Life Science Companies, as well as, with university and hospital research laboratories.  Opportunities are also available in environmental science laboratories, food processing companies, chemical companies, and animal facilities.

Skills Needed

    • Critical thinking
    • Manual dexterity
    • Organization
    • Time management
    • Attention to detail
    • Following protocols
    • Spread sheet applications
    • Graphing
    • Biological sciences
    • Microbiology
    • Statistics
    • Algebra
    • Inorganic chemistry

Job Description

  • This degree is designed as a workforce and/or transfer degree to allow the student to obtain an AAS degree in Biotechnology.  Workforce opportunities are often listed as:
    • Biological Technicians
    • Chemistry Technicians
    • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
    • Environmental Compliance
    • Forensic Science
    • Laboratory Assistant
    • Laboratory Technician
    • Research Assistant
    • Research Technician
    • Microbiology Technician
    • Life, and Physical Science Technicians
    • Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
    • Food Scientists and Technologists
    • Soil and Plant Scientists
    • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
    • Conservation Scientists
    • Forestry Assistant
    • Medical Sterile Processing

Program Faculty

  • Kathleen Gillespie, PhD
    Asst. Professor / Program Coordinator Biotechnology

    Department of Natural and Physical Sciences
    UM BioPark Room 233-D, 801 W Baltimore, MD 21201