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Biotechnology Mon@4 Webinars

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Spring 2022 Webinars

Recordings of the Spring 2022 webinars are available. 

Transfer information for UMGC Biotechnology: Your Pathway to UMGC

Robin Searles-Adenegan, Program Director, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, and Laboratory Management and Wyatt Unger, Education Coordinator
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Fall 2021 Webinars

Recordings of the Fall 2021 webinars are available. 

From Maryland to California: My Biotech Career | Monday, September 13

Have you ever thought about moving across the country for a job? Come learn about my biotechnology journey! I moved twice across the country from California to Maryland then back. As a biotech professional with 11 years of experience, I managed to acquire a variety of applied skills, experiences and education that makes me a unique STEM professional. Presented by Jesse Vasquez, R&D Researcher Associate, Agilent Technologies.
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Bioinformatics at UMBC-Shady Grove | Monday, September 20

There is a high demand in industry for workers with formal training in bioinformatics and bioinformatics-related roles in the biotechnology and healthcare industries.  Students entering the job market for these types of informatics-intensive roles are required to have specialized training in a range of related subject areas.  In order to fulfill this demand, the TLST program developed the “Bioinformatics Track” for students in the TLST program, including courses in Bioinformatics, Python programming and capstone courses in either Machine Learning or Deep Learning for Image Analysis. The future is bright, and individuals with this very portable skill set are in high demand. Presented by Jeff Robinson, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics faculty.
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The GSK Apprentice Program | Monday, September 27

Exciting things are happening at GSK, and we want you to be a part of them! Learn about how you can kickstart your career while earning your Associate’s Degree at Montgomery College, fully funded by GSK. GSK’s Apprenticeship opportunities are available to anyone who has a high school diploma, and less than 30 college credits. Are you looking to jumpstart your career? Join to learn more! Presented by Anna Eswood, Early Talent Attraction Specialist, GlaxoSmithKline.
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Interviewing for Biotech Jobs | Monday, October 4

Alysia Birkholz, Ph.D., is the COO at Texcell-North America, Inc., where she provides operational and scientific direction for systems, resources, and people. Texcell-North America is a part of a global contract research organization that specializes in safety for the biopharmaceutical industry. The North America branch focuses on virus viral clearance, viral safety testing, and custom cell culture.  Presented by Alysia Birkholz, PhD, Chief Operating Officer, Texcell-North America, Inc.
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Kite, A Gilead Company – Info Session | Monday, Oct 11

At Kite, a Gilead Company, we are committed to investing in the future leaders of tomorrow. Please join us to learn more about our mission to cure cancer, our revolutionary CAR T therapy and potential opportunities to join us in our quest to change the way cancer is treated.  Presented by Urszula Abbassi, Talent Acquisition Lead – Early Talent, I&D & TA Op.
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Synthetic Antibodies- The Emerging Field of “Aptamers” in Diagnostics and Drug Discovery (Internships available at Aptagen)| Monday, Oct 18

An aptamer (also known as a synthetic antibody) is a stable DNA, RNA, or peptide ligand that binds with high affinity and specificity to targets such as small molecules, peptides, proteins, biomarkers, cells, and tissues. Unlike the traditional antibody, aptamers have impressive specificities against target antigens, thereby eliminating cross-reactivity with closely related targets and avoiding false-positive results. Presented by G. Thomas Caltagirone, President and CEO, Aptagen.
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The Next 10 Years of Gene Therapy | Monday, Oct 25

Over the last five years, gene therapies have gone from concepts to FDA-approved cures. Blindness, lethal genetic diseases, and treatment-evasive forms of cancer have all been addressed by these powerful new tools. Behind each success is a rich new offering of reusable tools and components that can be adapted to address a widening domain of diseases. The old model of drug development relied heavily on guess and check, but the revolutionary design process of gene therapies will drastically hasten drug discovery and yield incredibly potent therapeutics that operate with cellular precision. Presented by Jeff Galvin, CEO, American Gene Technologies International Inc.
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Developing Novel Military Materials from Biotechnology | Monday, Nov 1

Across the DoD Enterprise metabolic engineering of various organisms to produce chemicals of interest has become a thriving area of research, far beyond medical applications.  With tens of thousands of bioreachable chemicals seemingly at our disposal, many of which are not reachable by traditional chemical means, what is preventing their use in traditional chemistry and materials development?  Significant investments have been made in building robust infrastructure into the discovery of these biosynthetic pathways; however, a significant white space exists in the production of biosynthetic chemicals for advanced research purposes.  While typical chemical synthesis may require grams of biosynthetic precursors for fundamental research needs, the development of materials requires much greater quantities.  In more applied research, such as that conducted within the DoD, prototype devices are desired, which often require kilogram quantities for development.
At the US Army DEVCOM Chemical Biological Center this need has been addressed through pilot scale (1500 liters) fermentation and downstream processing of biotemplated carbon materials.  In short, fundamental properties of the developed filtration media can be analyzed at the milligram scale, which typically requires 1 liter fermentation; however, materials engineering properties cannot be analyzed at such a scale.  In order to form raw materials into engineered granules or pellets for analysis, grams of material are required, which can be realized at the 25-100 liter fermentation scale.  Furthermore, the development of prototypes to compare to the current state of the art requires kilograms of material, which has been realized at the 1500 liter scale at the CBC.  The infrastructure (equipment and people) to realize such a scale across the biomanufacturing enterprise is severely limited and as a rapidly growing field needs to address this gap in a meaningful way going forward in order to expand its reach into more applied research areas. Presented by Jared Decoste, Aberdeen Proving Ground.
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Career Pathways through Solving Practical Issues in Environmental Monitoring Programs | Monday, Nov 8

One of the most overlooked and highly sought out positions in the Pharmaceutical /Biotechnology industry are Quality Control Environmental Monitoring Specialist. Obtaining a career and having a solid understanding of implementing and designing a successful environmental monitoring program is the roadmap to a highly successful career in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry. Quality control environmental monitoring provides an avenue to much high demand, high paying positions, Quality leadership, Quality-leading consulting, Facility / Engineering Management Leadership, Regulatory and leading the cleaning industry. We will cover topics such as; what makes a meaningful monitoring program, regulatory expectations for the environmental monitoring program, practical issues in designing an EM program, and other issues regarding career development and navigation. Presented by Andrew K. Dibonge, Regulatory Affairs Specialist, Founder of QIC Group Service’s LLC.
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From Warehouse to Biologics | Monday, Nov 15

If you are motivated and willing you can make an impact by working in the biotech industry. Presented by Justin Kint, IDT-Biologika.
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Spring 2021 Webinars

Recordings of the Spring 2021 webinars are available. 

Introduction to Vaccines | Monday, February 8

An introduction to vaccines and how they work. Types of vaccines and Covid-19 vaccines. Careers in vaccines. Presented by David Koelle, MD, Professor, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Washington.
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How To Win The Interview With Biotechnology Companies | Monday, February 22

Learn how to best prepare for your interview and land the job. Topics covered will include tips for preparation, questions to ask, how people usually strike out during interviews, and thank you notes. Presented by Jillian Mahoney and Kristina Warwick, Life Science Recruiters, Aerotek.
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All Viruses Big and Small…or maybe All Viruses Deadly or Not | Monday, March 8

The coronavirus pandemic has created lots of questions. When can we go back to school or how does “herd immunity” work? Perhaps you’d like to learn more about other viruses such as smallpox, influenza, or Ebola. To answer your questions, we’ve invited a virologist to chat about all things viral. Presented by Natalie Leach Stringer, Technical Customer Trainer, Miltenyi Biotec, Inc.
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The Translational Life Science Technology (TLST) Program at UMBC | Monday, March 22

Take a virtual tour of the new TLST laboratory facilities and find out how a BS degree in applied biotechnology can work for you. Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Friar, Program Director of TLST at UMBC-Shady Grove.
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Antibody Expression in E. coli | Monday, March 29

E. coli is a common platform for recombinant protein expression. An interesting observation regarding translation initiation was made while expressing an antibody. Presented by Zvi Kelman, Director BL2, NIST.
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Many Rivers to Cross: The Companies, Connections & Careers Needed for Producing mRNA Vaccines | Monday, April 5

When we read about vaccines in the news, it sounds like a handful of companies are doing everything. As it often happens, the real story is more complicated. Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines rely on large networks of suppliers and manufacturers for successfully producing, tracking, and distributing doses. In this talk, we’ll follow the path and explore the different careers for the people and companies working to protect us from COVID-19. Presented by Dr. Sandra Porter, President, Digital World Biology, InnovATEBIO Leadership Team.
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Apprenticeships Available at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) | Monday, April 12

Exciting things are happening at GSK and we want you to be part of them. Learn about awesome and challenging apprenticeships located near you available to high school seniors and college freshman. Are you up for the challenge? Presented by Williams Ochoa and Nancia Razakanjohary.
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Brush up on human oral health: Salivary flow and the human oral microbiome | Monday, April 19

First, a brief introduction to my career arc as a first-generation college student who failed out of a regional university before studying at several community colleges prior to completing a PhD at Stanford University. Then, the role that salivary flow plays in shaping human oral health, introducing students to the use of phylogenetic marker genes to characterize the composition of the microorganisms that inhabit the human body. Presented by Dr. Diana Proctor, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Human Genome Research Institute.
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Rapid Development and Manufacturing of Vaccines | Monday, April 26

FDA’s current regulatory framework assures highest safety standards for vaccines but drives a vaccine development to commercial delivery timeline of on average of 6-7 years from initial clinical study start. Some extraordinary events such as bioterrorism threats or pandemics can expedite the process. The speaker will discuss real-world experience with urgent development and stockpile of the smallpox vaccine. Presented by Jeff Wells, Valogic.
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Fall 2020 Webinars

Recordings of the Fall 2020 webinars are available. 

The Biotechnology Industry in Maryland | Monday, September 28

Maryland is ranked 4th in the US for biotechnology, with the goal to be in the top 3 by 2023. Find out about some of our local companies in an overview of the industry. Presented by Dr. Collins Jones, Biotechnology Industry Coordinator at Montgomery College.
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Applying For A Job in Biotechnology | Monday, October 5

Learn the importance of your resume and the basics of formatting your resume to best represent you and your skill set. In addition, topics covered will include applying for openings, online presence, interview skills, and interview preparation. Presented by Nick Wright, Recruiter, Catalent, Inc.
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The Biotechnology Program at Montgomery College | Monday, October 12

Montgomery College Biotech has the largest program in the state and one of the best biotech programs in the country. Take a virtual tour of the program and see why graduates have the MC Biotech Advantage in starting their career. Presented by Dr. Lori Kelman, Biotechnology Education Coordinator & Dr. Collins Jones, Biotechnology Industry Coordinator, at Montgomery College.
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What It Takes To Work In A Biotech Company | Monday, October 19

Learn about Frederick Community College's biotech program and hear from students what it is like and what it takes to work in a biotech company. Presented by Dr. Savita Prabhakar, Program Manager of Biotechnology at Frederick Community College.
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The Translational Life Science Technology (TLST) Program at UMBC | Monday, October 26

Take a virtual tour of the new TLST laboratory facilities and find out how a BS degree in applied biotechnology can work for you. Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Friar, Program Director of TLST at UMBC-Shady Grove.
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A Day in the Life of a Quality Control Analyst | Monday, November 2

AstraZeneca is one of the leading biopharmaceutical companies globally, but what is it like behind the curtain? How do Quality Control analysts contribute to the manufacturing of medicines? Presented by Erica Weiner, Senior QC Analyst, AstraZeneca.
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How Did I Get Here? A Personal Journey to a Life of Science & Discovery | Monday, November 9

Join us as we hear from Paul Goodwin, President of The Histochemical Society and Science Director for Cytiva, a major Life Sciences company, as he tells his personal career path, his passions, and some of the important work that he doing. Mr. Goodwin’s story shows how you don’t need a Doctorate degree to have a fulfilling career in biotechnology.
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Engage with UMBC TLST Students Completing Internships | Monday, November 16

Stephane Djoumessi - Interning at American Gene Technologies
Jackelyn Flores - Working in Cell Therapy Clinical Manufacturing
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Virtual Viewing of the Award-Winning Documentary "Breakthrough" and Q&A with Dr. Jim Allison | Monday, November 30

Jim Allison - Breakthrough presents a new kind of hero. Biotech students joined the Beta Beta Beta Biological Society and Uncommon Productions for a virtual screening of the award-winning documentary Jim Allison: Breakthrough followed by a Q&A with Dr. Jim Allison. Praised for its heartfelt and accessible storytelling of one warm-hearted scientist's quest to find a cure for cancer. Dr. Jim Allison, who waged a decades-long struggle to bring a novel cancer treatment to patients worldwide. Breakthrough paints a richly entertaining portrait of Allison, a native of south Texas and an avid blues harmonica player, whose creativity and boundless curiosity about the human immune system set him on a trail-blazing path to change the face of cancer treatment and 2018 winner of the Nobel Prize.
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Paul Peck Biomanufacturing Scholarships

Grants of up to $500 per semester are available to work-eligible (US citizen or permanent resident) students who do not have a college degree and are pursuing a Biomanufacturing certificate. Students should fill out a FAFSA form and a Montgomery College Foundation Scholarship Application, being sure to mention that they meet the criteria and are interested in the Paul Peck Biomanufacturing Scholarship.

Biotechnology Scholarships

Grants are awarded each semester, and students must apply each semester they wish to be considered. These scholarships are available to any Biotechnology student. Some scholarships are restricted to work-eligible students; others are not. Preference is given to students who do not have a degree and students with demonstrated financial need, but all students are encouraged to apply. To be considered, students should fill out a FAFSA and a Montgomery College Foundation Scholarship Application, being sure to mention that they are Biotechnology students. It is helpful if the student mentions the courses s/he plans to register for the semester they wish to receive the grant.

Some of the Biotechnology Scholarships that may be available next semester are (other scholarships are sometimes available):
The GlaxoSmithKline Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Endowed Scholarshipnew window
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The MedImmune Scholarship
The Evan and Catherine Jones Memorial Biotechnology Scholarship


Get more information on FAFSA. The MC code is 006911. Please contact Patricia Lopez at if you have specific questions regarding biotechnology scholarships.

Apply for Scholarships

With a valid M number, you can apply online for all MC Foundation scholarship opportunities by completing just one application. A new online tool matches your application with relevant foundation scholarship opportunities at Montgomery College. Be sure to mention you are a biotechnology student in order to be considered for biotech scholarships. Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office.

AAUW Career Development Grantsnew window provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Frequently Asked Questions


MC Biotech prepares people for success in biotechnology. There are several options for students to develop biotech knowledge and skills. Our focus is on the local Maryland/ Virginia biotech industry.

The credit program has 3 options: a Certificate in Biomanufacturing (246), an A.A.S. degree in Biotechnology (334), and a Certificate in Biotechnology (219).  

Biotechnology courses are developed with input from the local industry. Courses integrate the theory taught in lecture with hands-on practical skills relevant to the biotech industry in lab. The laboratory protocols we use are similar to those used in real-world research or industry labs. We do not use educational kits or demonstrations. We emphasize the development and understanding of basic laboratory skills. Course material is organized by method: cell culture (aseptic technique), protein skills, DNA/RNA skills.

There are also non-credit courses and workshops to address specific training needs in the biotechnology industry. Visit and for more information. We can offer custom courses designed to meet business needs.

Sometimes credit and non-credit courses are “co-listed”, and credit and non-credit students will take the same class at the same time.

Our philosophy: people learn best by doing. In our labs you will use a variety of equipment: micropipettes, UV/Vis spectrophotometers, PCR thermocyclers, biological safety cabinets, incubators, centrifuges, etc., etc. We have more than one of almost everything because YOU will use the equipment, not just watch one lucky student use the equipment.

We also believe that people learn best by doing something more than once. We give you the opportunity to master a technique, not to just try it once. Many of our labs are repetitive: you won’t split cells once, you’ll split them at least 3 times. You won’t count cells once, you’ll count them at least 3 times. You won’t run one SDS-PAGE or agarose gel, you’ll run several. Get the picture? Our labs are designed so that you gain experience with a method. 

MC Biotech offers a hands-on approach to learning basic skills in biotechnology. A benefit of this program is that upon completion of the biotechnology courses you should be prepared to enter the biotechnology workforce. The majority of students taking credit classes have jobs before completing the program or within 6 months of completion, providing they are eligible to enter the workforce (i.e. U.S. citizen or permanent resident). An added incentive is that the tuition at Montgomery College is about the lowest in the area.

If you are already employed in the biotechnology industry, MC Biotech can help you improve your current job skills or provide you with new skills.

If you have been out of the science workforce for a few years, this program is an excellent and economical way to “brush up” your skills.

BIOT 110 Introduction to Biotechnology  
BIOT 120 Introduction to Cell Culture
BIOT 121 Aseptic Technique and Cell Culture Skills
BIOT 200 Protein Biotechnology
BIOT 201 Protein Biotechnology Skills
BIOT 230 Applied Immunology
BIOT 231 Immunological Methods
BIOT 240 Principles of Nucleic Acid Methods
BIOT 241 Nucleic Acid Methods
BIOT 250 Principles of Biomanufacturing
BIOT 251 Techniques of Biomanufacturing
*NOTE: Courses ending in “1” are the laboratory components of lecture courses.

Yes, please look at the prerequisites for each class. Please consult a counselor or BIOT faculty member for advising.

Program Advising Guides

Maybe. The skills you will learn, such as Aseptic Technique and Cell Culture, PCR, validated micropipetting, and RT-qPCR, are in demand in many life science labs. These skills can help you get an internship and a job. 

You should consider earning the Biotechnology certificate (219). If you have taken college level general chemistry, general biology, organic chemistry, and genetics at another college, you will need to provide a BIOT advisor with a transcript (an unofficial copy is fine) so we know you have the prerequisite classes for the BIOT courses. You will need to ask for permission to enroll in classes each semester, because the registration system does not know about classes not taken at MC.

You may be interested in our non-credit offerings (particularly, but the credit program is probably not for you. While we would love to have you as our student, we focus on basic, fundamental techniques. Our lectures and labs are designed for the novice, so it is likely that the level is too elementary for you. If you have absolutely no training in one of the areas we provide instruction in, such as cell culture or GLP/GMP, then the biotechnology program might be appropriate for you. In this case it would be best to contact the coordinator for additional information. 
If you are looking for more advanced training, here are some recommended programs in the Washington DC area:

Classes are offered day and evening to accommodate students working first or second shifts.

Register early to avoid disappointment. 

Biotechnology laboratories are offered only at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College.  

BIOT110 is offered at other campuses. Some BIOT lecture classes are offered as HyFlex courses (livestreamed from the classroom; students can attend face-to-face or by logging in during class time).

BIOL, CHEM, and other classes can be taken at any of the three Montgomery College campuses (Germantown, Rockville or Takoma Park).

If you are a first time student at the college and do not have a degree, you may need to take placement exams in Math, English, and Chemistry. Study for these exams! Once those are completed and you have met with a counselor, you should then contact the Biotechnology coordinator.

If you are a first time student at the college and have a degree, you will need to enroll in the college and then speak to a Biotechnology faculty member or counselor.  

If you are currently enrolled at Montgomery College you should contact a Biotechnology faculty member or a counselor for academic advising.

Yes, as long as you have met the course prerequisites (have the proper science background) or obtain permission of the instructor or coordinator.

Yes. However, you may not take only the laboratory course.

We sometimes offer BIOT classes in a 7-week format. Also, consider our non-credit offerings. 

First, it depends on your level of preparation. If you are ready for college-level classes, you can complete the BIOT AAS in 4 semesters.

If you have a degree and can transfer in general biology and general chemistry, you can complete the biotechnology certificate in 2 semesters.

If you are a part-time student, of course, it will take longer.

If you do not have a college degree, you should consider earning the A.A.S. degree. The A.A.S. includes science courses and general education requirements. On completion of the A.A.S. degree, you may continue your education to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree by transfer.

The Biomanufacturing certificate can be earned as you take classes towards your A.A.S. The biomanufacturing certificate consists of Biology, Chemistry, and Biotechnology classes (Biology and Chemistry classes taken at other college can be transferred to MC, if necessary).

If you have a college degree, you should consider earning the Biotechnology certificate. The Biotechnology certificate requires only science courses for completion but does not prepare you for transfer to a four-year institution. The certificate may be useful for those wanting to “brush-up” on their skills, to prepare for entry to graduate school, or to change fields.  

Yes, by transfer agreement. We currently have agreements with George Washington University, Universities at Shady Grove, and University of Maryland Global Campus. More Information

BIOT120, 121, 200, and 201 transfer to UMD as electives.

For other institutions check with the specific institution you intend to transfer to and see if the Biotechnology courses or other courses will transfer. The Program Coordinator will be happy to assist you as much as possible.

I have a Bachelor (or Masters) of Science in Biology, Chemistry or related field:
You should take this program if you need additional skills to be better prepared to enter the Biotechnology field or want to enhance your resume. The Biotechnology certificate option is recommended. Many students who have completed their B.S. or M.S. and are having trouble finding a job in the Biotechnology field enroll in our program to increase their marketability. Our laboratories are hands-on practical applications of science. Roughly 40% of the students enrolled in our program have already completed a Bachelors or Master’s degree in a life science.

I have Bachelors (or Masters) Degree in a discipline other than science:
This program is an excellent starting point for those of you who are thinking of a career change - we start at the beginning and move to advanced topics and are reasonably priced. In addition to the biotechnology courses you will also have to take the other prerequisite science courses.

Tuition, Fees, & Scholarships

Biotechnology courses do not require traditional textbooks. Course materials are given to students. Students must procure a laboratory coat, safety glasses, and must purchase a biotechnology laboratory notebook (~$10). 

More information about costs.

No, Montgomery College does not charge lab fees.

A limited number of scholarships are available specifically for Biotechnology students thanks to the generosity of the Biotechnology industry and private donations.

You should file a FAFSA, and we strongly suggest that you apply for MC Foundation and other scholarships.

Careers and Continuing Education

Most graduates accept full-time employment at a biotechnology company provided they are eligible to work (U.S. citizen or permanent resident) and many continue to complete a Bachelor's degree.  

Most eligible students who successfully complete 3 or more biotechnology laboratory courses obtain full-time employment, usually within 6 months of completing their last course. Many become full-time employees before finishing the program. Successful completion of the program is defined as:

  • 2.5 or better GPA
  • Regular attendance at classes, including arriving on time and remaining to complete the work.
  • Learning and applying proper laboratory practices such as maintaining an up-to-date accurate laboratory notebook, proper care and use of equipment and observation of safety rules.
  • Proper behavior in the lab - working as part of a team, being attentive, being courteous, sharing knowledge and participating in the work.
  • Able to carry out, understand, and explain the basic protocols covered in the lab.

No, we cannot guarantee anyone a job. We do, however, provide detailed recommendations to employers so they can hire well-prepared students.

Yes - The Biotechnology Program at Montgomery College is proud to have established articulation agreements with specific institutions.  

An articulation agreement means that the courses (up to 60 credits) completed in pursuit of the A.A.S. Degree in Biotechnology transfer to these institutions allowing you to enter as a junior.

The College is always interested in establishing additional agreements.

No. If that is your goal, these classes may prepare you for professional schools but most likely will not directly influence admission decisions. The Biotechnology classes do not count as pre-med, pre-vet or pre-dent credits.

The majority of our graduates find work right here in Montgomery County, Maryland at local biotechnology companies and research organizations such as the National Institutes of Health.

Some students have moved since completing the program and have obtained positions in other regions such as California, Boston, MA, or Research Triangle, NC.

If you have a position at a biotechnology company (i.e. industry) the answer is a resounding YES! Companies promote employees based on success as much as academic credentials.

If you have a position at an academic institution such as a university or government laboratory your ability to advance without a higher degree (Ph.D. or M.D.) is limited – however in man

y cases individual laboratories at these institutions encourage and support their lab technicians to complete the higher degree.

Your job duties will vary depending on the company you work at. Some students are assigned to duties such as buffer or media preparation, while others work in cell culture facilities growing cells to use as treatments, to produce antibodies, or to use as test platforms for drug discovery. Others are involved in the manufacturing side of biotechnology including scale-up of fermentation or bioreactor processes, or downstream processing of products such as large scale protein purification. Jobs in biotechnology require knowledge, focus, common sense, some eye-hand coordination, patience and dedication. Any of the jobs are challenging and involve applied science where you will be developing or making products that benefit mankind.

Most companies pay in the range of $48,000 to $55,000 per year, which corresponds to $20 - $26 hour plus benefits.

Benefits vary by employer but might include:

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement plan such as 401K.
  • Tuition reimbursement. If you take classes that are relevant to work such as completing your BS or MS, the company will pay the tuition over and above your normal salary. This is not a loan.
  • Stock options.

International Students

International students are welcome in the Biotechnology program. Montgomery College has students from over 160 different countries. Before registering you should communicate with biotechnology faculty and an international student counselor.

Find out more information on transcript evaluation.

It might - check with admissions and obtain the information needed for a transcript evaluation. Some or all of the classes you completed abroad may count as college credit here at Montgomery College. 

Maybe. It is difficult to find a position without US work authorization. It is important that your visa is current.  In some cases a company will consent to allow an international student an internship. Contact the international student coordinator and the Biotech Coordinator for additional information. Please be aware that there is no promise or guarantee that you will be allowed to obtain a practicum, be hired or be supported for an H1 visa or green card application by any company. It is not the intent or responsibility of the Biotechnology Program or those companies that sponsor internships to assist in change of visa status. 

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What People are Saying

I am truly grateful for the faculty that go above and beyond to help students. The MC biotech program is well designed with the students' future in mind and I am proud to say that I was there.

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