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

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  
  OR 3-4
  Science Elective D  
  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 

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
    16
     

Second Semester 

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
    16
     

Third Semester

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
    14-15
     

Fourth Semester

BIOT221 Biomanufacturing C 4
BIOL228 Microbiology 3 4
INTG285 Integration of Knowledge C,4 3
BIOL280 Cooperative Education: Biotechnology C  
  OR 3-4
  Science Elective D  
    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