Biotechnology

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Department
Founders 112 • phone (215) 968-8305
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 3
4
BIOL228
Microbiology 3
4
BIOT105
Introduction to Biotechnology
4
BIOT125
Biotechnology Methods and Techniques C
4
BIOT205
Cell and Tissue Culture C
4
BIOT221
Biomanufacturing C
4
BIOT275
Biotechnology Seminar C
1
CHEM121
Chemistry I A,C,3
4
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking 5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,C,1
3
COMP114
Technical Writing C,2
3
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,C,3
3
Cultural PerspectivesB 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge C,4
3
Personal HealthB 2
Social PerspectivesB 3
BIOL280
Cooperative Education: Biotechnology C
3
OR
Science Elective D 4
Elective 3-4
Total Credits 61-63

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
CHEM121
Chemistry I A,C,3
4
BIOT105
Introduction to Biotechnology
4
COMP110
English Composition IA,C,1
3
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems
3
Social Perspectives B 3
Total Credit Hours 16

Second Semester 

Course Credits
BIOL121
Biological Principles I 3
4
BIOT125
Biotechnology Methods and Techniques C
4
COMP114
Technical Writing C,2
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking 5
3
Personal Health B 2
Total Credit Hours 16

Third Semester

Course Credits
BIOT205
Cell and Tissue Culture C
4
BIOT275
Biotechnology Seminar C
1
MATH115
Elementary Statistics A,C,3
3
Cultural Perspectives B 3
Elective 3-4
Total Credit Hours 14-15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
BIOT221
Biomanufacturing C
4
BIOL228
Microbiology 3
4
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge C,4
3
BIOL280
Cooperative Education: Biotechnology C
3
OR
Science Elective D 4
Total Credit Hours 14-15

A Placement testing required
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies College Writing level I
2 Satisfies College Writing level II
3 Satisfies College Level Mathematics or Science
4 Satisfies College Writing Intensive
5 Satisfies Creative Expression