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Biotechnology


View Biotechnology A.A.S. (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 A.A.S. (G): 334

Statewide Program
Revised: Effective Semester - Fall 2009

On completion of the biotechnology A.A.S., the student may transfer to another institution and earn a B.S. or M.S. 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.

General Education Requirements
Foundation Courses
English foundation 3
  Health foundation 1
  Mathematics foundation 3
  Speech foundation 3
Distribution Courses    
  Arts or humanities distribution 3
  Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3
BI 107 Principles of Biology 1 (NSLD) 4
Program Requirements
BI 203 Microbiology 4
BI 209 General Genetics 4
BT 101 Introduction to Biotechnology 2
BT 117 Cell Culture and Cell Function 3
BT 200 Protein Biotechnology 4
BT 204 Basic Immunology and Immunological Methods 4
BT 213 Nucleic Acid Methods 4
CH 101 Principles of Chemistry I 4
CH 120 Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry  

OR

   
CH 203 Organic Chemistry I 4-5
EN 101 Introduction to College Writing* 3
Electives (Select a minimum of 5 credit hours)
BT 115 Instrumentation for the Biotechnology Laboratory 3
BT 221 Biotechnology Practicum 1–3
BT 235 Principles of Biomanufacturing 4
CA 120 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
CH 102 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CH 204 Organic Chemistry II 5
  MA elective 3
Total credit hours 61-63

*  EN 101 if needed for EN 1009/109 or general elective.

 
Program Outcomes for the Biotechnology A.A.S. Degree

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.
  • Be academically prepared to complete his or her bachelor of science degree or similar four-year degree.

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).

BT 101 Introduction to Biotechnology 2
BT 115 Instrumentation for the Biotechnology Laboratory 3
BT 117 Cell Culture and Cell Function 3
BT 200 Protein Biotechnology 4
BT 204 Basic Immunology and Immunological Methods 4
BT 213 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

New Effective Semester - Fall 2009

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)
BI 107 Principles of Biology I 4
BT 115 Instrumentation for the Biotechnology Laboratory 3
BT 117 Cell Culture and Cell Function 3
BT 200 Protein Biotechnology 4
BT 235 Principles of Biomanufacturing 4
CH 101 Principles of Chemistry I 4
Electives (Select one BI and one CH course)
 
BI 203 Microbiology 4
BI 209 General Genetics 4
CH 102 Principles of Chemistry II 4
CH 120 Essentials of Organic and Biochemistry 4
CH 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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