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M State offers biotechnology degree program

MOORHEAD, MINN. - A new two-year degree program at Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Moorhead will prepare students to work in high-tech careers in the expanding field of biotechnology.

The Associate in Applied Science Biotechnology degree program, offered beginning this fall, is designed to meet the increasing demands for laboratory technicians skilled in a variety of techniques commonly used in biotechnology.

The Biotechnology AAS will prepare graduates to work as research assistants and technicians in laboratory and industrial settings and as quality control/quality assurance technicians.

The Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corporation has identified biotechnology as one of its three main areas of future emphasis and growth.

"As the Red River Valley Research Corridor continues to develop and biotech companies move into the area, students will have additional opportunities for internships, research experiences and employment," said Shana Petermann, a biological sciences instructor at M State - Moorhead and the biotechnology program director.

The Biotechnology AAS includes a strong focus on the sciences - including biology, chemistry and nanotechnology - as well as an industry internship experience.

Petermann said the Biotechnology AAS can also be tailored to allow students to pursue four-year degrees in fields such as biotechnology, forensic science and molecular biology.

For more information, contact Petermann at 218-299-6841 or

As a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System, M State serves more than 6,500 students in credit courses each term through more than 120 career and liberal arts programs at its four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena, and online.

By partnering with communities, the college also provides custom training services and other responsive training programs.