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Biotechnology


View Biotechnology AAS (G): 334
View Biotechnology Certificate (G): 219
View Biomanufacturing Certificate (G): 246


The biotechnology program is designed to instruct and train students in the field of biotechnology. Entry-level workers in the field of biotechnology are involved in laboratory work such as DNA isolation or sequencing, cell culture, toxicology or vaccine sterility testing, antibody production and isolation, and the testing and development of diagnostic and therapeutic agents. Courses are designed to prepare students for both academic achievement and successful employment in the biotechnology industry. The program offers both a degree and a certificate to meet students' differing needs.


Biotechnology AAS (G): 334

Statewide Program

On completion of the biotechnology AAS., the student may transfer to another institution and earn a BS. or MS in a biological science or may elect to enter the workforce.  Course selection within the curriculum depends on which option the student selects.

The emphasis of the program is on applied laboratory skills relevant to the biotechnology industry. A solid foundation is obtained through introductory coursework in biotechnology, biology, chemistry, and mathematics. These background courses prepare students for more rigorous upper-level applied coursework in biotechnology, biology, and chemistry taken during the second year. On completion of three or more biotechnology classes with a grade point average of 2.5 or better and with consent of the biotechnology coordinator, the student has the option of applying to enroll in the biotechnology practica for off-campus training at local partner biotechnology companies. This option must be selected within six months of completing the on-campus courses. These practica often result in full-time employment opportunities.  High school biology, chemistry, and math (algebra II) are strongly recommended.

Because of the variation in requirements of four-year institutions, students are urged to consult an adviser about specific course selections.

First Semester
BIOL 150
Principles of Biology I (NSLD) 4
BIOT 110 Introduction to Biotechnology
2
CHEM 131 Principles of Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
 Mathematics foundation
3
Second Semester
BIOT 120
Cell Culture and Cell Function
3
BIOT 200 Protein Biotechnology 4
BIOL 210
Microbiology 4
English foundation 3
Health foundation 1
Third Semester
BIOL 220 General Genetics
OR
BIOL 222 Principles of Genetics 4
BIOL 230 Basic Immunology and Immunological Methods
4
CHEM 150 Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry
OR  
CHEM 203
Organic Chemistry I
4-5
 Speech foundation
3
Fourth Semester
BIOT 240
Nucleic Acid Methods 4
Arts or humanities distribution
3
Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3
Electives 4
Total Credit Hours 61-62    
 

  *ENGL 101 if needed for ENGL 102/103 or general elective.

 
Program Outcomes for the Biotechnology AAS Degree

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Independently complete basic laboratory tasks common to biotechnology such as documentation, pipetting, buffer preparation, dilutions, and gel electrophoresis.
  • Define and explain the basic principles, concepts, and techniques of biotechnology.


Biotechnology Certificate(G): 219

This certificate curriculum is intended to prepare people for immediate employment in the biotechnology field. This curriculum is suitable for students currently working in the biotechnology or medical technology field who want to upgrade or update their skills or for those who have obtained a bachelor's degree in the life sciences and want additional training. Students must obtain consent of the biotechnology program coordinator before enrolling in the certificate curriculum. To enter directly into the certificate curriculum, students must have met the prerequisites for the biotechnology courses (see Course Descriptions section in this catalog).

 Program Requirements  
BIOT 110 Introduction to Biotechnology 2
BIOT 120 Cell Culture and Cell Function 3
BIOT 200 Protein Biotechnology 4
BIOT 230 Basic Immunology and Immunological Methods 4
BIOT 240 Nucleic Acid Methods 4
Total credit hours 20

Program Outcomes for the Biotechnology Certificate

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Complete independently basic laboratory tasks common to Biotechnology such as documentation, pipetting, buffer preparation, dilutions, and gel electrophoresis.
  • Define and explain the basic principles, concepts, and techniques of Biotechnology.
  • Be technically prepared for entry level positions in the local Biotechnology Industry.

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Biomanufacturing Certificate(G): 246

This certificate curriculum is designed to prepare students for immediate employment in biomanufacturing. This certificate is suitable for students who have completed high school and desire fast entry into the biotechnology industry, for people who want to update or upgrade their skills, or for those who have obtained a bachelor’s degree in the life sciences and want additional training.  Students must obtain consent of the biotechnology program coordinator before enrolling in the certificate curriculum. To enter directly into the certificate curriculum, students must have met the prerequisites for the courses (see Course Descriptions section in this catalog).

Biotechnology Core Requirements (22 credit hours)
BIOL   107 Principles of Biology I 4
BIOT   120 Cell Culture and Cell Function 3
BIOT   200 Protein Biotechnology 4
BIOT   250 Principles of Biomanufacturing 4
CHEM 131 Principles of Chemistry I 4
Electives (Select one BI and one CH course)
 
BIOL 210 Microbiology 4
BIOL 220 General Genetics 4
CHEM 132 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CHEM 150 Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry 4
CHEM 203 Organic Chemistry I 5
Total credit hours 30-31

Program Outcomes for the Biomanufacturing Certificate

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Complete, independently and working in teams, basic laboratory tasks common to Biomanufacturing such as documentation, pipetting, buffer preparation, dilutions, and gel electrophoresis. 
  • Define and explain the basic principles, concepts, and techniques of Biomanufacturing.
  • Be technically prepared for entry level positions in the local Biotechnology Industry.

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Refer to course description pages to identify courses with prerequisites.
Courses in italics meet General Education requirements
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