Director: Dr. Thomas Burkett
The Biotechnology Program is designed to provide high quality classroom and laboratory training to meet the demands of the rapidly growing and evolving biotechnology industry. Students may choose to enroll in the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) or the Certificate Program in Biotechnology in preparation for direct entry into the workforce or transfer to a four-year institution. Graduates of the Biotechnology Program are employed as laboratory technicians and laboratory managers in private, federal and academic laboratories and institutions.
Students may choose to enroll in the Certificate or A.A.S. Degree Program in Biotechnology depending upon their prior experience and career goals. The Certificate program is designed primarily for those students who already hold a degree but wish to gain pertinent laboratory experience prior to employment, those who wish to change careers, or those seeking advancement in their current career. A Certificate will be awarded to students completing the program with a 2.0 Quality Point Average (QPA) or higher. Those student who complete the A.A.S. Degree and maintain an adequate QPA may enter the workforce directly or matriculate to a Bachelor's Degree Program in Biology, Biochemistry, or Molecular Biology or a three-year combined Bachelor/Master's Degree program in Applied Molecular Biology. Students who are interested in transferring to a four-year college should check with the program advisor. Articulation agreements with select Maryland universities insure credit transfer and facilitate the university admission process.
The Biotechnology Industry has been designated by the State of Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development as a high growth area for the next ten years. A myriad of employment opportunities exist within the numerous academic and government research institutes as well as in the more than 250 privately held biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies which employ 40,000 inpiduals in Maryland. Key employers of Biotechnology laboratory technicians in Maryland include the National Institutes of Health, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institutes, the Johns Hopkins University, The Institute for Genomic Research, Human Genome Sciences, Inc., Celera Genomics, Inc., the National Institute for Aging and the National Institutes of Health Addiction Research Center.