2017-2018 Academic Bulletin & Student Handbook

Biotechnology (AAS) A20100

The Biotechnology curriculum, which has emerged from molecular biology and chemical engineering, is designed to meet the increasing demands for skilled laboratory technicians in various fields of biological and chemical technology. Course work emphasizes biology, chemistry, mathematics, and technical communications. The curriculum objectives are designed to prepare graduates to serve in three distinct capacities: research assistant to a biologist or chemist; laboratory technician/instrumentation technician, and quality control/quality assurance technician.

Graduates may find employment in various areas of industry and government, including research and development, manufacturing, sales, and customer service.

Course and Hour Requirements

Major Courses

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
BIO 111General Biology I
3
3

4

BIO 112General Biology II
3
3

4

BIO 250Genetics
3
3

4

BIO 275Microbiology
3
3

4

BIO 280Biotechnology
2
3

3

BTC 150Bioethics
3
0

3

BTC 181Basic Lab Techniques
3
3

4

BTC 270Recombinant DNA Tech
3
3

4

CHM 132Organic and Biochemistry
3
3

4

CIS 110Introduction to Computers
2
2

3

COM 231Public Speaking
3
0

3

WBL 112Work-Based Learning I
0
20

2

Chemistry: Select one of the following

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
CHM 131Introduction to Chemistry
3
0

3

and

CHM 131AIntro to Chemistry Lab
0
3

1

or

CHM 151General Chemistry I
3
3

4

Mathematics: Select One

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
MAT 152Statistical Methods I
3
2

4

MAT 172Precalculus Trigonometry
3
2

4

Total Major Hours: 50

General Education Courses

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
ACA 115Success and Study Skills
0
2

1

Communications:

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry
3
0

3

ENG 114Prof Research & Reporting
3
0

3

Humanities/Fine Arts: Select One

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
HUM 110Technology and Society
3
0

3

HUM 115Critical Thinking
3
0

3

Social/Behavioral Sciences: Select One

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
ECO 251Prin of Microeconomics
3
0

3

PSY 150General Psychology
3
0

3

SOC 210Introduction to Sociology
3
0

3

Natural Sciences/Mathematics:

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
MAT 171Precalculus Algebra
3
2

4

Total General Education Hours: 17

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION: 67

Suggested Sequence of Courses

FIRST YEAR

Fall Semester

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
BIO 111General Biology I
3
3

4

CHM 131Introduction to Chemistry
3
0

3

CHM 131AIntro to Chemistry Lab
0
3

1

BTC 181Basic Lab Techniques
3
3

4

ENG 111Writing and Inquiry
3
0

3

ACA 115Success and Study Skills
0
2

1

Total Credit Hours:
12
11
16

Spring Semester

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
BIO 112General Biology II
3
3

4

ENG 114Prof Research & Reporting
3
0

3

CHM 132Organic and Biochemistry
3
3

4

CIS 110Introduction to Computers
2
2

3

BIO 280Biotechnology
2
3

3

Total Credit Hours:
13
11
17

Summer Term

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
BIO 275Microbiology
3
3

4

Total Credit Hours:
3
3
4

SECOND YEAR

Fall Semester

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
BIO 250Genetics
3
3

4

BTC 150Bioethics
3
0

3

COM 231Public Speaking
3
0

3

Natural Sciences/Mathematics Course*
3
2

4

Total Credit Hours:
12
5
14

Spring Semester

Course NumberTitleClass HoursLab HoursCredits
BTC 270Recombinant DNA Tech
3
3

4

WBL 112Work-Based Learning I
0
20

2

Humanities/Fine Arts Course*
3
0

3

Mathematics Course*
3
2

4

Social/Behavioral Sciences Course*
3
0

3

Total Credit Hours:
12
25
16

*See "Course and Hour Requirements"

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION: 67