Biotechnology
Biotechnology Biotechnology Biotechnology
Contact: Savita Prabhakar, Program Manager • • 301.846.2564 Admissions: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.624.2716 Career & Academic Planning Services: Jefferson Hall (J200) • • 301.846.2471 Financial Aid: Jefferson Hall (J300) • • 301.846.2620
Contact: Savita Prabhakar, Program Manager
301.846.2564

1Apply

Use the Online Application to apply for admission to FCC. This is the first step to enrolling in credit courses to get a degree or certificate. After you apply, you will receive a letter in the mail which contains your student ID number and your email username that will allow you to access your online myFCC account. Prior to enrolling, prospective veteran and military students should speak with an Education Services Officer (ESO) or an FCC Veteran and Military Services representative. Please call 301-624-2836 to set up an appointment. You will need this information for each step of the enrollment process.
 

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your qualifications for federal and state aid, institutional grants, work study options, and student loans.
 

Apply for scholarships through the FCC Foundation.
Visit Cost & Financial Aid for information about paying your bill and applying for financial aid.
View enrollment checklists for new students.
View all required registration forms.
 

FCC operates with open admissions by offering admittance to all students who apply to the College. Some areas of study have additional, program-level admissions requirements. Selective admissions programs include: NursingRespiratory CareSurgical Technology, and the Honors College.
 

Recognizing that not everyone arrives with the same educational background, and not everyone is ready for the same level of math and English classes, there are a few things you will need to do to help us to successfully place you academically.
 

To comply with the Maryland College and Career Readiness Act of 2013 and the Academic Placement and Assessment Procedure of FCC, the College requires that:
 

  • Upon entering the College, all new students, unless otherwise exempted, must complete all mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement tests before enrolling in developmental or credit courses.
  • Upon entering the College, all new students who are seeking a degree must file a degree plan that is developed in consultation with an academic advisor.
  • Upon reaching 24 credits, all new students must have completed developmental courses and the first college-level English and math courses required by their degree plan.


If you are seeking non-credit continuing education courses for professional development, skill building, or personal enrichment, visit Continuing Education & Workforce Development (CEWD) Registration.

2Test

All new students must complete placement tests in mathematics, reading, writing, and skills placement before enrolling in developmental or credit courses. In special circumstances, the College may exempt placement test requirements for students with previous college credits, grades, or test scores that meet specific criteria.

In order to determine if you need to take placement tests you will need to submit the following documents:
  1. High school transcript and previous college transcripts
  2. College entrance exam scores from SAT and/or ACT
  3. Advanced Placement (AP) test scores and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores


These documents will determine which placement tests you are required to take, the courses you should register for, and/or the courses you are eligible to receive credit for based on previous grades or scores.

 

FCC administers the ACCUPLACER test to ensure the appropriate placement level for all new students. Students are advised to prepare for the ACCUPLACER test as they would any other exam to confirm accurate placement by academic skill level. For more information about the ACCUPLACER and academic placement and assessment, visit the Testing Center.



To be exempt from the ACCUPLACER, you need to have earned the following scores within the past five years:

SAT Score
  • Reading: 480
  • Math: 530
ACT Score
  • English: 21
  • Reading: 21
  • Math: 21
AP Score
  • English Language & Composition: 3 or better
  • English Literature & Composition: 3 or better
  • Calculus or Statistics: 3 or better
IB Score
  • Language: A
  • Literature: SL or HL and/or Language A
  • Language & Literature: SL or HL
  • Mathematics: SL or HL and/or Further Math

3See Advisor

New credit students seeking a degree are required to consult an advisor to develop a degree plan. New students should schedule a consultation after completing the admissions and testing steps, and activating a myFCC account.

 

All new students planning to attend FCC for their first college experience will participate in the ROAR program, which includes:
 

  • an online orientation, presented by FCC students to prepare you for college
  • an on-campus meeting with an advisor to help you develop your academic plan
  • the registration lab where you'll learn how to enroll yourself into classes


Learn more and start the ROAR process here.

 

Dual enrollment and transfer students should submit official college transcripts from previous institutions to the Registration & Records Office for official transfer credit evaluation prior to meeting with an academic advisor.

 

Walk-in advising is available in the Career & Academic Planning Services. You can also send a message to email advising via your myFCC email account. When you meet with an advisor, be sure to bring your photo ID and any documents that might be helpful (unofficial transcripts, test results, ACT/SAT scores).

 

For more information about career & academic planning services, see Career & Academic Planning Services.
 

4Register

There are two ways to register for classes:

  1. Register online for credit courses using Campus Solutions
  2. Register in-person via the Enrollment Center (Jefferson Hall Suite 101).

In addition to registering for classes, Campus Solutions allows you to make a payment, see your grades, obtain unofficial transcripts, print class schedules, and update your personal information.

5Pay

Your enrollment at Frederick Community College is complete when you have paid for your courses. Please take note of important payment deadlines. You can either pay in-full or sign up for the interest-free payment plan.

‭To apply for Financial Assistance, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take advantage of federal, state, and institutional grants, work study, and student loans.

To apply for Scholarships through The FCC Foundation, Inc., click here.

For more information about paying your bill and financial aid, see Cost and Financial Aid.

6Buy Books

Textbooks are available through the FCC bookstore. Have your course schedule ready to easily find the required textbooks for your courses.

7Attend Class

Congratulations! You are enrolled and ready to begin attending classes at Frederick Community College. If you have questions or need additional guidance during your time of study, please reach out to your program manager or academic advisor. Some students may be eligible for specialized advising through the Office of Multicultural Student Services, the Disability Access Services, Veteran and Military Services, or the Office of Adult Services. Check your myFCC account and your FCC email for important alerts and announcements.

Biotechnology A.A.S. Degree The Biotechnology A.A.S. program provides students with a strong basic science foundation and enables them to develop a sound understanding of the major technologies employed in the industry. Students will develop collaborative and disciplined work ethics while consistently practicing problem-solving skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will possess the necessary skills to qualify for employment in a variety of biotechnology industries or transfer to a four-year institution.

Biotechnology is a multi-billion-dollar industry that’s constantly growing and evolving locally, regionally, and globally. This program is designed to address the pipeline problem by connecting the biopharmaceutical manufacturing industry with a capable, prepared workforce.

This program emphasizes science, communication, critical thinking, manufacturing technologies, and laboratory environmental health and safety. Students work in small collaborative groups to apply current manufacturing techniques while using problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

Students learn industry-specific skills required in biotechnology, such as how to:
  • Implement cell culture, fermentation, separation, purification, and sterilization techniques in a laboratory setting
  • Understand and apply basic laboratory skills, documentation practices, and aseptic techniques to monitor production, maintain workplace safety, and prevent contamination of bio-products
  • Perform upstream bioprocessing techniques to culture cells and microorganisms to create a bulk bio-product for research and industry
  • Perform downstream bioprocessing techniques to separate and refine bulk bio-products into a suitable form for end use in industry
  • Manufacture assays for diagnostic testing for research

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in the field of biotechnology.  Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss questions with biotechnology faculty.
 
Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)
Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion. Full-time student: Follow the green semester blocks in order. Part-time student: Follow the blue course sequence at your own pace. Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or
math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer and January term classes may help students to make faster progress. General Education CORE courses can often be taken in any semester. One course must be designated as a Cultural Competence course. A minimum of nine credits must be taken at the 200 level. Refer to the college catalog for course details and the list of General Education and Cultural Competence classes.

Students are strongly recommended to consult an FCC advisor to select elective courses. Students planning to transfer may also reference ARTSYS, the Maryland Articulation System.
Internship Program
Internships help students integrate what is taught in school with what is required in the workplace. Students take internships to develop knowledge and skills valued by employers. At FCC, students in certain programs are eligible to receive credit for internships.

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Archived Curriculum Pathways

2020-2021 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Biotechnology Course Rotations
 

Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway
2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway
2015-2017 Curriculum Pathway
 

 

* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Biotechnology Certificate The Biotechnologyy Certificate Program prepares students to work as process operators in biological products manufacturing facilities. Students will combine basic science and communication skills, manufacturing technologies, and good manufacturing practices in the course of study.

Students will develop a strong basic science foundation with a sound understanding of the major technologies employed in the industry. They will also develop collaborative and disciplined work ethics while consistently practicing problem-solving skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will possess the necessary skills to qualify for employment in a variety of biotechnology industries.

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in the field of biotechnology. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss questions with Biotechnology faculty.

 
Internship Program
Internships help students integrate what is taught in school with what is required in the workplace. Students take internships to develop knowledge and skills valued by employers. At FCC, students in certain programs are eligible to receive credit for internships.

Learn More
Students learn industry-specific skills required in biotechnology jobs, such as how to:
  • Perform upstream biotechnology​ techniques to culture cells and microorganisms to create a bulk bio-product for research and industry
  • Perform downstream biotechnology​ techniques to separate and refine bulk bio-products into a suitable form for end use in industry
  • Manufacture assays for diagnostic testing for research
  • Implement cell culture, fermentation, separation, purification, and sterilization techniques in a laboratory setting
  • Understand and apply basic laboratory skills, documentation practices, and aseptic techniques to monitor production, maintain workplace safety, and prevent contamination of bio-products

Archived Curriculum Pathways

2020-2021 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway
2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway

Gainful Employment - Biotechnology
Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program.
 
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.

Biotechnology Letter of Recognition The Biotechnology Letter of Recognition provides an introductory level of training to prepare individuals to work as process operators in biological products manufacturing. Students will be introduced to concepts related to bioprocessing technology, and will learn basic laboratory skills, workplace safety, and general regulations that apply to the bioprocessing industry.

This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level technician positions in biomedical, research, and industrial laboratory areas. The biotechnology industry is rapidly growing locally, regionally, and globally. Rapid expansion and growth of the local biotechnology industry is fueling the demand for qualified process operators, providing employment opportunities in a field that offers employer-supported career development and continued education possibilities. 

A drug screening and/or criminal background check is often required to obtain and maintain employment in the field of biotechnology. Individuals whose criminal histories may interfere with their ability to secure employment should discuss questions with biotechnology​ faculty.
Internship Program
Internships help students integrate what is taught in school with what is required in the workplace. Students take internships to develop knowledge and skills valued by employers. At FCC, students in certain programs are eligible to receive credit for internships.

Learn More

Students learn industry-specific skills required in biotechnology jobs, such as how to:
  • Perform upstream biotechnology​ techniques to culture cells and microorganisms to create a bulk bio-product for research and industry
  • Perform downstream biotechnology​ techniques to separate and refine bulk bio-products into a suitable form for end use in industry
  • Manufacture assays for diagnostic testing for research
  • Implement cell culture, fermentation, separation, purification, and sterilization techniques in a laboratory setting
  • Understand and apply basic laboratory skills, documentation practices, and aseptic techniques to monitor production, maintain workplace safety, and prevent contamination of bio-products

Archived Curriculum Pathways

2020-2021 Curriculum Pathway
2019-2020 Curriculum Pathway

*Course Renumbering Reference (for use with Pathways prior to 2019-2020)

2018-2019 Curriculum Pathway
2017-2018 Curriculum Pathway
 
* For curriculum information from earlier academic years, please refer to the archives of the FCC Academic Catalog.
FCC classes will be delivered primarily online to maintain public safety. Face to face instruction and student interactions will only be conducted when it is necessary, required, and feasible to do so in a safe environment. Learn More about Course Formats

To find more information about how credits may transfer from Frederick Community College to a state four-year institution visit ARTSYS or consult a College advisor.  

Frederick Community College has articulation agreements with the following institutions, allowing students a seamless transfer experience. Students who plan to transfer should speak with an advisor or program manager from their chosen transfer institution before selecting elective courses.

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Biological Technicians
$44,500.00/yr • +10%*
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Microbiologists
$71,650.00/yr • +8%*
*Median pay, projected job growth or decline from 2016-2026. Data source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018 Edition.
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