Program Description

Students develop science laboratory technical skills in preparation for employment under the supervision of professional scientists in a variety of laboratory settings. The program can also serve as the first two years of preparation for a four-year school with a major in physical or biological sciences.

The second year prepares students for employment in scientific labs including biological and chemical labs in biotech companies or universities. On the job experience is in-built in the program via internships. The Biotechnology Program includes a state-of-the-art technical research experience provided by local biotechnology companies and research facilities/ labs at local universities including University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), Towson University and Johns Hopkins University.

The mission of the Biotechnology program at Baltimore City Community College provides state of the art biotechnology education and training to the citizens of Baltimore and the State of Maryland, as well as, to provide information.

Job Description

This degree is designed as a workforce and/or transfer degree to allow the student to obtain an AAS degree in Biotechnology. Workforce opportunities are often listed as:

  • Biological Technicians
  • Chemistry Technicians
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Forensic Science
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Research Technician
  • Microbiology Technician
  • Life, and Physical Science Technicians
  • Agricultural and Food Science Technicians
  • Food Scientists and Technologists
  • Soil and Plant Scientists
  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
  • Conservation Scientists
  • Forestry Assistant
  • Medical Sterile Processing

Career Options and Occupation Outlook

The state of Maryland employment opportunities in the field of biotechnology are in any of the 500+Life Science Companies, as well as, with University and Hospital Research Laboratories. Opportunities are also available in environmental science laboratories, food processing companies, chemical companies, and animal facilities.

Skills Needed

  • critical thinking
  • manual dexterity
  • organization
  • time management
  • attention to detail
  • following protocols
  • spread sheet applications
  • graphing
  • biological sciences
  • microbiology
  • statistics
  • algebra
  • inorganic chemistry

Application Process

To apply to BCCC, follow these steps:

  1. Submit a completed admissions application with a $10 application fee.

  2. Submit a completed Maryland Residency Verification form.

  3. Submit appropriate academic credentials to the Admissions Office:

    a. Official high school transcript (showing evidence of graduation); b. GED diploma (with a copy of your scores); c. Official college transcript (if transferring from another college)
  4. Take the ACCUPLACER placement test.

  5. Participate in New Student Orientation session, either online or in-person.

Note: Applicants under the age of 16 must meet with the Director of Admissions for special admissions requirements.

Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2020
2 - 4 years
96 USD
/credit hour for Maryland Residents. $195/credit hour for Out of State and Foreign Non-Immigrant residents
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