Biotechnology

Occupational Major - AA

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Department
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Curriculum Code No. 2119

A graduate of the program can expect to find entry-level employment as an industrial or academic biotechnology technician.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • operate, calibrate, and maintain standard biotechnology lab equipment.
  • perform basic biotechnology processes in a safe and aseptic manner.
  • prepare, culture, and maintain cell cultures.
  • employ methods to detect, purify, and characterize DNA and protein.
  • collect, graph, interpret, and present data.
  • write reports, and maintain lab books and equipment logs.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
BIOL121
Biological Principles I C
4
BIOL228
Microbiology C
4
BIOT105
Introduction to Biotechnology
4
BIOT125
Biotechnology Methods and Techniques C,9
4
BIOT205
Cell and Tissue Culture C
4
BIOT221
Biomanufacturing C
4
CHEM121
Chemistry I A,C,6,7
4
CHEM122
Chemistry II C
4
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking A,4,5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,C,2,10
3
COMP114
Technical Writing C
3
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,C,6
3
BIOL280
Cooperative Education: Biotechnology C OR Science Elective
3-4
Science Elective B,C 4
Diversity/Arts/Humanities D,1,3 3
Social Sciences E,8 3
Total Credits 60-61

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
BIOT105
Introduction to Biotechnology
4
CHEM121
Chemistry I A,C,6,7
4
COMP110
English Composition IA,C,2,10
3
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems
3
Social Sciences E,8 3
Total Credit Hours 17

Second Semester

Course Credits
BIOT125
Biotechnology Methods and Techniques C,9
4
CHEM122
Chemistry II C
4
COMP114
Technical Writing C
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking A,4,5
3
Total Credit Hours 14

Third Semester

Course Credits
BIOL121
Biological Principles I C
4
BIOT205
Cell and Tissue Culture C
4
BIOT221
Biomanufacturing C
4
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,C,6
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
BIOL228
Microbiology C
4
BIOL280
Cooperative Education: Biotechnology C OR Science Elective
3-4
Science Elective B,C 4
Diversity/Arts/Humanities D,1,3 3
Total Credit Hours 14-15

A Placement testing required
B Choose from BIOL122, BIOL181, BIOL182, CHEM144, CHEM220, PHYS121.
C Course requires prerequisite. D Choose from Approved List.
E Choose from the list of courses approved for this category.

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities.
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking.
3 Satisfies Diversity.
4 Satisfies Information Literacy.
5 Satisfies Oral Communication.
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy.
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy.
8 Satisfies Social Sciences.
9 Satisfies Technological Competence.
10 Satisfies Writing.