Natural Sciences or Mathematics AS: Biotechnology Option

Code: AS.NSM.BIO.TECH

The Associate of Science in Biotechnology is designed prepares students interested in transferring to a bachelor’s degree program in Biology with a specialization in Biotechnology or enter the workforce as a laboratory technologist in the field.  Students in the program take a year of General Biology, a two semester sequence in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics plus a foundation of supporting Mathematics, Science and General Education courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the methodology of biotechnology, including genetic modification, isolation, purification, and analysis of nucleic acids and proteins.
  • Acquire the skills necessary to properly handle genetically modified organisms and employ the safeguards necessary when working with such organisms.
  • Acquire laboratory competence by developing and refining technical and analytical skills.
  • Develop the ability to critically examine information and discover new knowledge through rigorous scientific reasoning.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the practice of proper scientific laboratory record keeping.
  • Acquire knowledge of a variety of currently available genomic and proteomic databases.
  • Acquire the skills required to analyze biological sequences and interpret the results of their analyses.


Career Pathways

     
     
     

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Humanities Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
BIO-101General Biology I

4

CHM-140General Chemistry I

3

CHM-141General Chemistry - Lab

1

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Second Semester

  Humanities Elective* 3
BIO-203General Biology II

4

CHM-240General Chemistry II

3

CHM-241General Chemistry II - Lab

1

MAT-150Statistics I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:17

Third Semester

  Humanities Electives* 6
  Social Science Elective* 3
BIO-210Introduction to Biotechnology

4

MAT-180Precalculus: College Algebra and Trigonometry

4

Total Credit Hours:17

Fourth Semester

  Free Elective** 3
BIO-211Introduction to Bioinformatics

3

MAT-280Calculus I

4

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

Total Credit Hours:14

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Humanities Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective*

One general education course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

MAT-180Precalculus: College Algebra and Trigonometry

4

CHM-140General Chemistry I

3

CHM-141General Chemistry - Lab

1

CHM-240General Chemistry II

3

CHM-241General Chemistry II - Lab

1

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 30

Program Requirements

BIO-101General Biology I

4

BIO-203General Biology II

4

BIO-210Introduction to Biotechnology

4

BIO-211Introduction to Bioinformatics

3

MAT-150Statistics I

3

MAT-280Calculus I

4

Total Credit Hours: 23

Program Support Requirements

  Two general education courses* to be selected from the following fields, with no more than one In any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN). 6
  One general education course* to be selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT). 3

Total Credit Hours: 9

Free Elective**

Total Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 65

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s).

**Recommended: IST-123 Success 101; or students may choose WEX-101 Dynamics of Health and Fitness (2 cr.) plus a WEX experience course (1 cr.): WEX-111, WEX-112, WEX-114, WEX-115, WEX-116, or WEX-118.