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Chemical and Biological Sciences

Welcome to the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College. Scot Magnotta(2)

The Biology curriculum offers a wide variety of courses for Biology and Health Science degree majors as well as general education courses for non-science majors.  Most courses have a laboratory component where students learn the scientific process through hands-on exercises in our well-equipped labs.  Our courses for majors include Principles of Biology I and II, Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Nutrition, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, and Genetics.  Non-science majors courses include General Biology, The Human Body, and Environmental Biology.

These course offerings provide our students with broad exposure to classical as well as cutting edge concepts and applications in biology.  All courses are designed with measurable outcomes to promote student success in future academic and professional endeavors.  For scheduling convenience, our courses are offered in combinations of day, evening and, in some cases, weekend formats.  Please feel free to stop by and meet our dedicated faculty and staff and to discuss your career goals.  We are committed to your success.

The Department of Chemistry at the Germantown Campus offers a number of different Chemistry courses to meet your various requirements.  Introductory Chemistry, Chemistry 099, is a noncredit (for the purpose of tuition, students pay for 3 credits), non-lab course intended to prepare students for other chemistry courses, like Chemistry 131.  There is no chemistry prerequisite, and, in fact, many people who take this course have had absolutely no chemistry of any kind, ever.  If you’re in that situation, then this is the course for you.  Principles of Chemistry I, CHEM131 (formerly CH101), requires either a satisfactory score on the Chemistry Placement Test or satisfactory completion of CHEM099, and prepares the student for subsequent courses like CHEM132 (formerly CH102).  For those students in science or pre-professional programs, we also offer two semesters of organic chemistry, CHEM203 and CHEM204.  

The Biotechnology Program trains students for jobs in the biotech industry.  Entry-level workers are involved in laboratory work such as:

                Cell culture and upstream processing

                Antibody production and isolation

                DNA isolation, PCR, RT-PCR and qPCR              

                Working in a regulatory environment following GXP (GLP and cGMP) requirements

                Toxicology or vaccine sterility testing

                Testing and developing diagnostic and therapeutic agents 

Courses toward a degree or certificate are designed to prepare students for both academic achievement and successful employment in the biotechnology industry.

Scot Magnotta
Chemical and Biological Sciences Chair
Montgomery College - Germantown Campus
20200 Observation Dr.
Germantown, MD 20876
Office: SA-257/BE-211A
Phone: 240-567-6912



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