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Gregory D. Hocutt

Full Time Faculty - Biology


This program is part of the Life Science Department.


The ancient Egyptians used biotechnology to develop beer. Others used it to breed basset hounds, Boston terriers, and bull dogs. More recently, biotechnology has been used to design bleaches that battle the bacteria of major diseases.

Biotechnology is the manipulation of biology for some human end. It’s the use of microorganisms or biological substances, such as enzymes, to solve problems, make useful products, and perform specific industrial or manufacturing processes. Biotechnology merges biological information with computer technology to advance research in nanotechnology, regenerative medicine, agriculture, and ecology. Applications of biotechnology include the production of pharmaceuticals, synthetic hormones, and bulk foodstuffs, as well as the bioconversion of organic waste and the use of genetically altered bacteria in the cleanup of oil spills.

The Biotechnology program at MCC provides you with a working knowledge of biotechnology by focusing on competency and technical expertise with state-of-the-art laboratory protocol and with critical consideration of current topics in biotechnology. Our courses prepare you for a career as a technical assistant in laboratories. The program includes practical experience through an internship.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion, Associate Degrees and Transfer Options for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates, degrees or transfer options is the fastest way to realize your dreams.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Biotechnology program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Biotechnology


MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Biotechnology program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Biotechnology

Transfer Options

Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination.

Below are some transfer options that may be available to you. Please contact Academic Advisement to learn more.

A list of transfer options for the Biotechnology program
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Associate in Science Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Biological Science
Associate in Science Northern Arizona University Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Certificate in Biotechnology

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Biotechnology program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Become a Student

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Biotechnology program is available through the Life Science department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.