New incoming students to the biotechnology program are presented with their white laboratory coats. This signifies their commitment to ethical laboratory practices. The student's name is monogrammed into the fabric above the breast pocket on the left side of the jacket. On the right side, the biotechnology logo is attached, which bears the quintessential double helix and the statement, "Tomorrow's Careers Today." The logo was designed by a former biotechnology student, Scott Brasfield, as part of his required community service. Attached to the left sleeve is the BCTC logo.
The white coat originated in scientific laboratories and has been adopted as a standard of dress by medical professionals around the world. Many physicians believe this practice originally signified the incorporation of scientific principles in the practice of medicine in the late 1800s. Today, the white coat has a more utilitarian purpose: to carry around reference material, medical equipment, penlights, reflex hammers, and the endless folded journal articles.
For the new biotechnician, the lab coat simply keeps dangerous and smelly chemicals off you and your clothes. Oh, and, it helps you look cool in front of your classmates.