May 17, 2024  
College Catalog 2024 - 2025 
College Catalog 2024 - 2025

Biological Sciences: Biotechnology Option, A.S.

This option covers the concepts, methodology and techniques of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, cell culture, molecular biology, immunology, bioinformatics and microbiology. The option provides students with a rigorous academic background as well as industry-specific laboratory skills including sophisticated laboratory procedures, experimental design, data interpretation, and equipment maintenance. The program also reinforces general industry-specific skills such as communication, organization and teamwork. Graduates of this program may transfer to four-year colleges and universities to continue their studies in biotechnology or other life sciences.

* Milestone Courses should be taken in the order shown. This will help you stay on track and graduate on time.

Semester 1

Total Credits: 15

Semester 1 Advising Note

  • If student is taking developmental math their first semester, they can supplement their schedule with General Education courses and College Writing I (ENG-111 ). Taking developmental math the first semester will require a student to attend for an extra semester and/or attend a summer session to complete the program.
  • A student should consider taking one of their General Education courses during the summer session to lighten their academic load in semester two.
  • General Education Quantitative Problem Solving and General Education Scientific Reasoning satisfied by Program.
  • This is a day program only. The only biotechnology course offered in the evening is BIO-120 .
  • Students who do not place into MAT-197  may need to take prerequisite coursework. This could require additional time to complete the degree. Math should be taken as early in the program as possible to ensure timely completion.

Semester 2

Total Credits: 17

Semester 2 Advising Note

  • Three General Education menu courses must be completed during semesters 2 and 3, in no particular sequence.
  • Meet with an advisor to begin career planning activities.
  • Begin exploring transfer options: attend a transfer workshop and the College transfer fair.

Semester 3

Total Credits: 14

Semester 3 Advising Note

  • Students in the Biotechnology option must complete BIO-120  before taking BIO-261  
  • Continue preparations for transfer: write essays for transfer institution, collect letters of recommendation, apply for transfer.
  • Complete a pre-graduation check with an advisor in LifeMap
  • BIO-262  is offered only in fall, please see department chair for questions.

  • To lighten the course load for semester 3, a student should consider taking either BIO-208  or CHM-201  during the preceding summer session.

Total Credits: 14-15

Semester 4 Advising Note

  • For the two option elective courses, students must complete a minimum of 7 credits. (One of the two electives courses must be a 4-credit course.)
  • Apply for graduation

Upon Completion of This Concentration Graduates Will Be Able To:

  • Use currently accepted biological, chemical, and physical concepts to investigate problems and ideas presented in advanced biological study.
  • Use biological concepts to evaluate their own science related concerns such as personal health or careers.
  • Use laboratory technology, equipment and techniques to investigate scientific problems critically and safely using proper scientific methods.
  • Use molecular and cellular laboratory techniques that are commonly used in Biotechnology.
  • Explain the major concepts of cell structure, function and cellular processes that are key to life.
  • Explain current models, concepts and principles of genetics and inheritance.
  • Explain and apply the underlying concepts of current topics and experimental models in molecular biology and Biotechnology.
  • Use industry skills and work practices of the biotechnology industry for direct employment.

Career Outlook

Students completing this option qualify for entry level positions in a wide range of biotechnology disciplines in industry, police, government and academic labs. These positions require a biotechnology certificate, AS degree or BS degree with 0-2 years of experience. Such positions offer the possibility of merit bonus and promotion and are available locally as well as nationwide.

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