Medical, Research, & Forensics
Biotechnology is a diverse and challenging field with excellent opportunities for career growth in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as academic and medical research. This unique program is designed to prepare college-bound students with both a theoretical and practical (i.e., hands-on) knowledge of state-of-the-art tools used in biotechnology laboratories. These include molecular and cellular biological techniques and use of various laboratory instrumentation with the goal of training students in cell culture, recombinant DNA technology, protein purification, electrophoresis, forensics PCR and much more. Biotechnology provides students with a head-start in developing skills needed to contribute to a research program upon entry into college.
In partnership with Montgomery County Community College, this highly selective junior/senior course is offered at the Biotechnology facility located at NMTCC. Students earn eight college credits for an introductory survey course in Biotechnology (BIT120) and a laboratory course emphasizing technical skills and instrumentation (BIT123). The application process includes a personal interview, a visit to the Biotechnology laboratory (recommended), a letter of recommendation from a science teacher, and submission of a completed application form with a high school transcript. With limited capacity, acceptance into the program is determined and communicated in the spring. Students accepted into the morning session are required to provide their own transportation to NMTCC, since class starts at 7:30am. Students accepted into the afternoon session are transported by their sending school or provide their own transportation. Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry.