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Hagerstown Community College / HCC

Academic Catalog

2021-2022 Catalog 
    Jun 24, 2024  
2021-2022 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biotechnology, A.A.S.

The Biotechnology program is designed to prepare students for entry-level technician positions in biomedical, research, and industrial laboratory areas. Depending on a person’s academic background and work experience, the Biotechnology technician-in-training may complete the one year Biotechnology certificate (22 credits) or the two-year Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Biotechnology (60 credits). The Biotechnology courses are offered in fully-equipped state-of-the-art laboratories and graduates have the necessary skills, knowledge, and attributes to work immediately upon graduation and to advance with on-the-job experience and continued academic training. Some areas of opportunity for graduates include: biomedical technology, bio-manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, plant research, and forensics.

Program Pathway

First Year Fall   First Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 101 English Composition  
*( ENG 101E  is an approved substitution for ENG 101) 
3   BTC 102 Introduction to Applied Biotechnology Research 3
Gen Ed Mathematics 3   Gen Ed Behavioral/Social Sciences 3
BTC 101 Introduction to Biotechnology 3   BIO 201 Cell Biology 4
BIO 113 Principles of Biology I 4   MAT 109 Statistics 3
CHM 101
CHM 103
Introductory College Chemistry
General Chemistry I
TOTAL   17   TOTAL   13
Second Year Fall   Second Year Spring
Course Number Course Name Credits   Course Number Course Name Credits
BIO 205 Microbiology 4   Gen Ed Diversity 3
BTC 201 Discovery Research 4   BTC 202 Biomanufacturing 4
Restricted Elective  Choose from the list 4   Restricted Elective Choose from the list 4
Gen Ed Arts/Humanities 3   Restricted Elective  Choose from the list 4
TOTAL   15   TOTAL   15

General Education Requirements (23-24 Credits)


Behavioral/Social Sciences



* A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for ENG-101 and ENG-101E


Degree Requirement (60 Credits)