Academy for Biotechnology

  • The Academy for Biotechnology is a rigorous Career & Technical Education (CTE) program that prepares students for success in post-secondary programs and careers related to the biotechnology field. Students in the Academy will develop research and laboratory skills through learning in a hands-on, project-based model guided by real-world applications.


Career Field - Biotechnology

  • Career Pathways in Biotechnology (include but are not limited to):

    Biotechnology Research and Development:  Biochemist, Bioinformatics Scientist, Biomedical Chemist, Biomedical Manufacturing Technician, Biostatistician, Cancer Registrar, Cell Biologist, Clinical Data Management Specialist, Clinical Pharmacologist, Clinical Trials Monitor, Clinical Trials Research Coordinator, Crime Scene Investigator, Diagnostic Molecular Scientist, Forensic Biologist, Forensic Chemist, Forensic Odontologist, Forensic Pathologis,t Genetic Counselor, Geneticist-Lab Assistant, Lab Technician, Medical Editor/Writer, Microbiologist, Molecular Biologist, Nurse Researcher, Packaging Technician, Patent Lawyer, Pharmaceutical/Clinical Project Manager, Pharmaceutical Sales Representative, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Pharmacokineticist, Parmacologist,Product Safety Scientist,Process Development Scientist Processing Technician,Quality Assurance Technician,Quality Control Technician,Regulatory Affairs Specialist,Research Assistant,Research Scientist,Toxicologist



    The Academy for Biotechnology  has not yet completed internships. The first senior class will be in 2021. 


Academy Course of Study

  • 9th Grade


    • Bioethics (MCST Grade 9 - starting 2020-2021 school year)Bioethics is a full-year course designed for students to explore the underlying ethical issues surrounding biotechnology, the environment, research, life and death choices, and medicine. Students will be asked to consider multiple perspectives as well as deepen their understanding of downstream repercussions of decisions regarding ethical issues. This course gives students the opportunity to grapple with some of the most challenging and engaging problems our society is facing as consequences of advances in the life sciences. Throughout the course, students will be using real-life cases to introduce a core set of ethical considerations on each topic that are important for analyzing ethical issues in medicine and the life sciences. Design elements emphasize key bioethical concepts and analytic methods, cutting-edge science content and real world-scenarios. Activities promote active and collaborative learning to help students develop their ethical reasoning and critical thinking skills.
    • Experimental Design: Experimental Design is a full-year lab course focused on allowing students to practice real-life science by conducting real-life experiments. The course has the ultimate goal of showing students the nuances and intricacies associated with the scientific process in order to develop inquisitively driven student-thinking. Students will learn about the components that make up scientific experimentation by exploring both procedural and ethical means of inquiry. Students will then utilize this knowledge to plan, develop, and conduct their own novel experiments. The course will culminate in a capstone symposium-style presentation of students' experiments, outcomes, and results to the MCST community.

    Core Courses:

    • English 9
    • Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II
    • Biology for Health Sciences
    • Health and Physical Education 9
    • World History
    • World Language
    • Financial Literacy


      NOTE: Financial Literacy is a 2.5 credit graduation requirement that is taken along with Academy courses throughout 9th, 10th, and 11th grade.

    10th Grade


    • Introductory Biotechnology
    • Biotechnology Course TBD (considering Molecular Biology/Genetics)

    Core Courses:

    • English 10*
    • Geometry*, Algebra II* or Pre-Calculus*
    • Chemistry*
    • Health and Physical Education 10
    • US History I*
    • World Language
    • VPA Elective

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation

     11th Grade


    • Applied Biotechnology
    • Biotechnology Course TBD (considering Microbiology/Agricultural Biotechnology)

    *As a result of the Academy for Biotechnology moving to MCST, more class time can be devoted to the CTE program. Bioethics was added to Grade 9. We are considering Genetics for Grade 10 and Molecular/Agricultural Biotechnology for Grade 11 but this is still being reviewed by the district administration and the Academy Advisory Council


    Core Courses:

    • English 11*
    • Algebra II*, Pre-Calculus*, Calculus
    • Physics*
    • Health and Physical Education 10
    • US History II*
    • World Language
    • Elective

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation

     12th Grade at MCST

    Career and Technical Education (Academy):

    • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification Program - Partnership Program with Atlantic Training Center (10 credits, offered in the Fall Semester)
    • Career and Technical Education Elective (i.e. Virtual Enterprises International, Computer Science Principles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
    • Senior Capstone
    • OR CCM for Academy coursework

    Structured Learning Experience (Graduation Requirement):

    • All Seniors must complete 120 hours of an approved internship in their respective career fields.

    Core Courses: 

    • English 12* (required)
    • Health and Physical Education 12 (required)
    • Calculus, Statistics, Foundations of College Math
    • Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology I
    • World Language*

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation

    NOTE: Financial Literacy is a 2.5 credit graduation requirement that is taken along with Academy courses throughout 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. This course is transcripted senior year, after the successful completion of the learning activities in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade. If a senior has not successfully completed the financial literacy requirement, the course will be taken in 12th grade.

    12th Grade at County College of Morris

    Eligible Seniors may complete their Senior coursework in full or in part at County College of Morris. See the School Counseling Department for more information.

    Required Courses:


    • English Composition I (ENG111)
    • Lifetime Wellness (HED128) or PE (labeled HES)
    • Academy Course (1) ** Students attending County College of Morris may still participate in the EMT Program at MCST (described above)

    BIO 102 Anatomy & Physiology II
    BIO 121 General Biology I
    CHM 125 General Chemistry
    CHM 126 Gen Chem Lab (4cr)
    COM 104 Interpersonal Communications
    COM 109 Speech Fundamentals
    CMP126 Computer Applications (all but CIS students)
    CMP128 Computer Science 1 (all but CIS students)
    BUS 112 Introduction to Business (all but FIB students)
    ACC 110 Elements of Accounting (all but FIB students)


    • English Composition II (ENG112)
    • PE or Lifetime Wellness (whichever was not taken in the Fall)
    • Academy Course (1) (see above list)

    *See Guidance (School Counseling) Department for additional information on CCM courses

    Structured Learning Experience

    All Seniors must complete 120 hours of an approved internship in their respective career fields.