Looking to leap into a bioscience career right after graduation? Our Biotechnology A.A.S. program can be your springboard. Upon graduating, you can work as a skilled technician in biotechnology, biomanufacturing, biomedical research or the pharmaceutical industry.

If you plan on pursuing advanced degrees in bioscience, you can start your academic career economically with our Biotechnology associate degree. Your Montco credits will seamlessly transfer to partner institutions such as Cabrini University, Thomas Jefferson University, West Chester University and more.

Your curriculum is matched with your career path and provides you with the coursework needed to succeed at work or in transferring to another college. 

Program outcomes
  • Demonstrate a theoretical and practical (i.e., hands-on) knowledge of state-of-the-art tools used in biotechnology laboratories, including molecular and cellular biological techniques and use of various laboratory instrumentation;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the biotechnology process, from identification of a molecule involved in a disease process to the end-stage marketing of a product;
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the biotechnology manufacturing process;
  • Demonstrate potential for teamwork, and good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the types of career opportunities available in the biotechnology industry.

Program Curriculum

General Education Requirements
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 or ENG 115 English Composition II or Writing for Technical Communications 3
MAT 100 or MAT 161 Intermediate Algebra or Pre Calculus I 3 - 4
CMS 120 Public Speaking 3
Elective Scientific Reasoning Elective 4
MAT 130 or MAT 131 Probability and Statistics or Introduction to Statistics I 3 - 4
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3
Elective Cultural Diversity and Awareness Elective 3
Major Requirements
BIO 121 or BIO 151 General Biology or Principles of Biology I 4
BIO 140 or BIO 152 Microbiology and Immunology or Principles of Biology II 4
BIT 120 Introduction to Biotechnology 4
BIT 123 Techniques and Instrumentation for Biotechnology 4
BIT 220 Biotechnology Research 4
BIT 232 Biomanufacturing 4
BIT 298 or Elective2 Biotechnology Internship or Laboratory Science 4 6
CHE 131 or CHE 151 Chemistry for Technology or Principles of Chemistry I 4
CHE 132 or CHE 152 Chemistry for Technology II or Principles of Chemistry II 4
Total Program Credits: 61-65

1 Choose One for the Laboratory Science elective: BIO-122, BIO-130, BIO-131, BIO-132, BIO-260, PHY -21 or PHY-122 (students intending to transfer should take CHE 261 Organic Chemistry I.

2 Students may choose the 6 credit Biotechnology Internship course, or Choose one the above 4 credit Laboratory science electives. Students intending to transfer should take CHE-262 Organic Chemistry II.