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Prepare for a career in the fast-growing field of biotechnology with a degree or certificate from Montgomery College. 

Biotech students at MC work in our state-of-the-art campus facilities to learn the skills and thought processes critical for success in a laboratory environment. Our courses are developed with input from the local biotechnology industry in Montgomery County and integrate the theory taught in lecture with hands-on practical skills. The laboratory protocols we use are the same as those used in real-world research labs. We emphasize the development and understanding of basic laboratory skills in the areas of cell culture, instrumentation, genomics, proteomics, and immunology.

Entry-level workers in the field of biotechnology are involved in laboratory work such as DNA isolation or sequencing, cell culture, toxicology or vaccine sterility testing, antibody production and isolation, and the testing and development of diagnostic and therapeutic agents. 

If you do not have a college degree, consider obtaining the AAS degree, which includes science courses and general education requirements. On completion of the AAS degree, you may transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree. 

If you have a college degree, consider obtaining a certificate. The certificate programs require only science courses for completion but do not prepare you for transfer to a four year institution.  The certificate may be useful for those wanting to improve their job skills, prepare for entry to graduate school, or change fields.  

Biotechnology Degree and Certificates

Learn more about program outcomes, required courses, transfer opportunities, and career information.

Associate of Applied Science Degree 

Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Our noncredit program offers short courses or workshops (generally less than one week) to address specific training needs in the biotechnology industry.

  • Biotechnology Boot Camp trains displaced workers for biomanufacturing jobs. 
  • BIOTrain is a sector partnership of biotechnology companies, government, nonprofits, led by Montgomery College and working together to shape a technical workforce that is ready for today and tomorrow.
  • Bio-Trac® in partnership with Montgomery College is proud to offer graduate/post graduate level hands-on laboratory training workshops for research scientists at the Bioscience Education Center’s state-of-the-art facility in Germantown, Maryland.

For more information on BootCamp and BioTrain contact:
Meena Chandok, Ph.D., Program Manager at 240-567-2445 or

For more information on Bio-Trac contact:
Mark Nardone, Program Manager, at 240-567-2159 or

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