Biotechnology Option
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 or placement and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual/Society From Area 2 3
World View From Area 3 3
Precalculus MAT197 satisfies Area 4 requirement 4 MAT194
General Biology I/Lab BIO195 satisfies Area 5 requirement 4 ENG095 or placement; ESL098 or RDG095 and MAT194; or placement; see note*
Humanities From Area 6 3
General Biology II/Lab BIO196 4 BIO195; see note*
Introduction to Biotechnology/Lab BIO120 4 ENG095 and MAT093 or placement; ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
General Chemistry I/Lab CHM201 4 MAT197 and ENG111; see note*
General Chemistry II/Lab CHM202 4 CHM201; see note*
Cell Biology/Lab BIO207 4 BIO195 and CHM201 or Departmental approval; see note*
Genetics and Lab BIO208 4 BIO196 or Department approval; see note*
Molecular Biotechnology and Lab BIO260 5 BIO120, BIO207, and BIO208 or Departmental approval; see note*
Microbiology/Lab BIO205 4 BIO195 or BIO203; see note*
Principles of Organic Biochemistry/Lab CHM121 4 CHM120; see note*
Statistics I MAT183 3 MAT097
Calculus I MAT281 4 MAT196 or MAT197
Honors Seminar HON200 3
Interpretation and Presentation of Scientific Research SCI221 3 Complete Two: BIO195, CHM201, PHY201, and/or ENR101 or Chair approval
Total Credits 63-64

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*Note: All science, engineering, and math courses that are pre or co-requisites of other science and engineering courses require a grade of C+ or better.

This program offers two degree options: Biology Transfer and Biotechnology. Each option prepares students for employment and for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Each option engages students in industry-level, inquiry based laboratory activities in order to develop and strengthen their critical thinking as well as their industry skills.

Option Overview

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.

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.

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.