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Biotechnology is broadly defined as using living organisms, or products of living organisms, to improve life, to make a product, or to solve a problem. This field is one of the most rapidly changing areas of science. The 21st century has been called the “century of biotechnology.”

Individuals working in biotechnology are directly or indirectly involved in the process of discovering, developing, manufacturing, or regulating the final quality of new products. Most entry level technicians in a research environment are responsible for preparing materials and maintaining equipment used by scientists. With experience and more education, these technicians evolve into research assistants and carry out experiments under the supervision of established scientists. In the manufacturing branch of biotechnology, entry level positions are material handlers, manufacturing assistants, and engineering technicians.

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Biotechnology News and Events

Biotechnology Summer Institute- APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!!!

The summer institute will be offered again in the summer of 2013.  This is a unique opportunity for high school students to get a head-start on earning college credit while exploring careers in biotechnology.  After successful completion of the summer institute, students will earn seven college science credits.  This 8-week program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Applications are now available, and will be accepted UNTIL March 29, 2013.  For flyer and application, please look on the right side of this page. 

HCC Awarded Second NSF Grant!

The Biotechnology Program was awarded a three-year, $651,249 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create an on-campus microscopy training hub (MTH) and a mobile MTH to further develop its biotechnology program.

The grant will be used to purchase equipment and enhance biotechnology curricula used by HCC and its K-12 school partners at all levels of the College and Career Transitions Initiative pathway, created through HCC’s previously awarded NSF grant, which ended in June 2012. 

Check out our informative video!

Are you thinking about advancing a career in science?  Not really sure what biotechnology is?  Have questions about the program?  If so, check out our informative program video!  This short clip will tell you all the important facts about our program, everything from the courses we offer, to internship possibilities and employment outlook!  To view the video click here.

Internships for Summer 2013

For registered Biotechnology Program Students:

The deadline for internship applications is May 14th.  If you have completed 50% of your required coursework and have a 2.0 GPA, make sure you turn in your application and resume to Bonnie Saunders before the deadline.

Math Placement Test Advice...

If you are planning to take the math placement test please keep reading!   We have developed several practice problem sets to help students prepare to take the placement test.  Scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the COMPASS Algebra Practice link to access these problem sets.  We have found that students who work through these links have tested into a higher math course than students who did not use the practice tools.  So if you want to get the best score possible, use the tools below!


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