Bioprocessing Technology

Career

Prepares individuals 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, individuals will possess the necessary skills to qualify for employment in a variety of bioprocessing industries.

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Keri-Beth Pettengill
Program Manager
301.846.2564

Sharon Smith
Academic Office Manager
301.846.2510
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Courses Credits
English  
EN 101–English Composition 3
Mathematics  
Mathematics Elective (GenEd course list) 3/4
Arts & Humanities  
Communications Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Interdisciplinary & Emerging Issues  
CIS 101–Introduction to Computers & Information Processing 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective (GenEd course list) ‡ 3
Biological & Physical Sciences  
BI 101–General Biology  4
CH 101–General Chemistry 4
CH 102–General Chemistry 4
Other Requirements  
PE/Health Elective
BI 120–Microbiology for Allied Health or
1/3
BI 203–Elements of Microbiology 4
BI 140–Biotechnology and Society 3
BI 220–Cell Biology and Tissue Culture 4
BPM 102–Bioprocessing Environment 3
BPM 103–Laboratory Techniques I 1
BPM 110–Bioprocessing Measurements 4
BPM 214–Techniques in Bioproduction 4
INTR 103–Internship or  
Elective (If an internship is not taken, the qualified elective
     must be approved by the program manager and must be at least
     a 200-level mathematics or science course.)
3
Electives ‡ (Recommend BI 240, BU 273, CH 201,
     CMSP 107, EN 115) 
6/7
Total 60/64

All degree-seeking students must complete a Cultural Competency course in order to graduate. This course may satisfy another requirement in your program. If a specific course is not required, choose at least one course from the Cultural Competence list in the academic catalog.
Prepares individuals 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, individuals will possess the necessary skills to qualify for employment in a variety of bioprocessing industries.

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Courses Credits
BI 101–General Biology 4
BI 120–Microbiology for Allied Health or  
BI 203–Elements of Microbiology 4
BI 140–Biotechnology and Society 3
BI 220–Cell Biology and Tissue Culture 4
BPM 102–Bioprocessing Environment 3
BPM 103–Laboratory Techniques I 1
BPM 110 –Bioprocessing Measurements 4
BPM 214 –Techniques in Bioproduction 4
CH 101 –General Chemistry 4
CH 102–General Chemistry 4
Total 35

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.

Courses Credits
BPM 102–Bioprocessing Environment 3
BPM 103–Laboratory Techniques I  1
BPM 110–Bioprocessing Measurements 4
Total 8

Students will be able to:
  1. Articulate central themes of the discipline
  2. Apply and demonstrate entry-level bioprocessing skills and techniques
  3. Demonstrate discipline-specific scientific inquiry.
  4. Communicate discipline-specific knowledge
  5. Integrate discipline specific technology.
  6. Demonstrate appropriate quantitative skills.
  7. Analyze the role of bioprocessing technology in society.
Manufacturing of biological products for use in industry and research is a cutting-edge industry in Frederick County and nation-wide. 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.

FCC’s Bioprocessing Technology program prepares individuals for employment in the local biotech industry. The program emphasizes science, communication and critical-thinking skills, 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 bioprocessing technology jobs, such as how to:
  • 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, 
  • Implement cell culture, fermentation, separation, purification and sterilization techniques in a laboratory setting, and
  • Understand and apply basic laboratory skills, documentation practices and aseptic techniques to monitor production, maintain workplace safety and prevent contamination of bio-products.
For students who complete the A.A.S. degree in Bioprocessing Technology, FCC has articulation (transfer) agreements with:
  • Hood College – B.A. Biology (http://www.hood.edu/)
  • Stevenson University – B.S. Biotechnology (http://www.stevenson.edu/)
  • University of Maryland University College – B.T.P.S. Biotechnology, B.S. Laboratory Management