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Biotechnology

Explore the World of Biotechnology

Job Outlook

biotechnology2 Biotechnology has been identified as a high growth industry by the U.S. The Lexington region, which serves as a governmental, medical and educational hub in the state has particular workforce needs in which biotechnology careers play a key role.

Are you interested in learning how to clone microorganisms and harvest their proteins? Check out BTN 202: Biotechnology techniques II.

 

What is Biotechnology?

biotechnology4Biotechnology is the use of biological processes, organisms, or systems to manufacture products intended to improve the quality of human life. Biotechnology can involve medical processes such as getting organisms to produce new drugs, or using stem cells to regenerate damaged human tissues and perhaps re-grow entire organs.

biotechnology1Biotechnology in the industrial setting includes the production of new chemicals or the development of new fuels for vehicles. In agriculture, biotech can involve such processes as the development of pest-resistant grains or the accelerated evolution of diseaseresistant animals.

Learn how to measure volume and weight, prepare solutions and keep a true laboratory notebook in BTN 201: Biotechnology Techniques I.

 

biotechnology3Biotechnology courses are new to BCTC. These courses emphasize skills necessary for entry-level employment in bioscience laboratories. The courses focus on techniques basic to the commercial development of products from biological systems. Students acquire proficiency in laboratory skills, effective communications and employment skills. Individuals who like the challenge of laboratory work are encouraged to enroll.

Students that complete BTN (Biotechnology) courses may seek entry-level employment in public or private laboratories for positions frequently titled laboratory assistant, laboratory technician, laboratory tester or laboratory worker. These laboratories are found in universities, pharmaceutical companies, food processing industries, companies performing research and development, and companies involved in plant and animal breeding.

Application

Apply to the Biotechnology Program by filling out the application for Fall 2014: