Biotechnology

Biotechnology

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Stanley J. Kikkert

Residential Faculty - Biology

480-461-7862

This program is part of the Life Science Department.

The ancient Egyptians used biotechnology to develop beer. Others used it to breed basset hounds, Boston terriers, and bull dogs. More recently, biotechnology has been used to design bleaches that battle the bacteria of major diseases.

Biotechnology is the manipulation of biology for some human end. It’s the use of microorganisms or biological substances, such as enzymes, to solve problems, make useful products, and perform specific industrial or manufacturing processes. Biotechnology merges biological information with computer technology to advance research in nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, agriculture, and ecology. Applications of biotechnology include the production of pharmaceuticals, synthetic hormones, and bulk foodstuffs, as well as the bioconversion of organic waste and the use of genetically altered bacteria in the cleanup of oil spills.

The Biotechnology program at MCC provides you with a working knowledge of biotechnology by focusing on competency and technical expertise with state-of-the-art laboratory protocol and with critical consideration of current topics in biotechnology. Our courses prepare you for a career as a technical assistant in laboratories. The program includes practical experience through an internship.

Career Profile

Quick Stats

Example Titles
Medical Lab Technician
Clinical Lab Technician
Laboratory Processing Technician
Types of Employers
Government Laboratories
Bioengineering Laboratories
Biomedical Laboratories
Academic Laboratories

The relatively new biotechnology field is booming. Because of this growth, graduates with the necessary biology and chemistry skills and practical hands-on training will be in demand for careers as technical assistants in places such as governmental laboratories, pharmaceutical firms, and bioengineering laboratories. Graduates qualify for these positions with their working knowledge of laboratory protocols, core competencies, and technical expertise.

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians can become technologists if they get additional training and experience. They can also become sales representatives or product testers for lab equipment manufacturers.

Laboratory Technicians:

  • Run tests using body fluid, cell, or tissue samples
  • Document lab processes
  • Analyze tissue cultures
  • Have at least an associate degree
  • Often wear safety gear
  • May work nights, weekends, or holidays

Available Associate Degrees and Certificates

Degree / Certificate Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Biotechnology Course Sequence
Certificate of Completion (CCL) Biotechnology Course Sequence

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Associate in Science Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Biological Science

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out a program and career path that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Biotechnology program is available through the Life Science department. You can also contact Academic Advisement for general advising. Both will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.