In 2003 Tulsa County voters approved “Vision 2025,” a 13-year county sales tax increase to fund regional economic development and capital improvements, which included $8 million to construct TCC’s 34,000 square-foot Medical and Biotechnology Learning Center at the college’s Southeast Campus (SEC). The facility was completed in December 2006, with TCC’s biotech program accepting its first declared biotechnology majors in the fall of 2006.
TCC biology and chemistry faculty developed the biotech program curriculum, which includes more than 40 lab techniques practiced in molecular biology labs. Emphasis is on experimental design and cutting-edge technology. The Introduction to Biotechnology course covers at least 10 of the most fundamental biotech research methods and serves as the foundation of the program.