Biotechnology is a field of applied biology that involves using living organisms to make or improve products. Through a combination of lab experiences, research projects and classroom lecture, FVCC’s biotechnology program prepares graduates to transfer with junior status to Montana State University-Bozeman and other four-year universities.
Biotechnology is a rapidly expanding field with applications in several major industries, including health care, agriculture and environmental.
Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary science that incorporates elements of biology, chemistry, engineering, physics and mathematics. Students who enter this field will find many challenging career opportunities and the potential to develop new products aimed at solving some of society’s urgent problems.
- Using modern lab facilities, FVCC biotechnology students participate in research projects related to wildlife biology and agriculture. This hands-on research experience has helped several FVCC students obtain research positions while pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution.
- Graduates of FVCC’s biotechnology A.S. program are able to transfer with junior status to biology and biotechnology programs at four-year institutions, including Montana State University-Bozeman.
- The national average annual salary for a biotechnology professional working in Montana is $49,500, according to Biotechnology Innovation Organization.
- FVCC’s biotechnology program is a great match for students holding B.S. or B.A. degrees who are updating their skills, changing careers or preparing to enter graduate school.
Attributes of Successful Biotechnology Students
- Adept at math and science
- Ability to maintain high academic standards under rigorous demands
- Enjoy troubleshooting problems and identifying solutions