Natural Sciences or Mathematics AS: Biotechnology Option

Code: AS.NSM.BIOTECH

The Biotechnology option is designed to prepare students to 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 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 necessary skills 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.
  • Demonstrate 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.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Humanities Elective*** 3
INF  Information Technology Elective** 1
BIO-101General Biology I

4

CHM-140General Chemistry I

3

CHM-141General Chemistry - Lab

1

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

BIO-203General Biology II

4

CHM-240General Chemistry II

3

CHM-241General Chemistry II - Lab

1

MAT-268Statistical Methods

4

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Third Semester

  Free Elective 3
  Social Science Elective*** 3
BIO-210Introduction to Biotechnology

4

MAT-180Precalculus: College Algebra and Trigonometry

4

Total Credit Hours:14

Fourth Semester

  Free Elective 3
  Humanities Elective***  3
COM  Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102
 3
BIO-211Introduction to Bioinformatics

3

MAT-280Calculus I

4

Total Credit Hours:16

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

BIO-101General Biology I

4

BIO-203General Biology II

4

MAT-180Precalculus: College Algebra and Trigonometry

4

Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 30

Program Requirements

CHM-140General Chemistry I

3

CHM-240General Chemistry II

3

MAT-268Statistical Methods

4

MAT-280Calculus I

4

BIO-210Introduction to Biotechnology

4

BIO-211Introduction to Bioinformatics

3

-Plus ONE of the following courses:

INF-115Desktop Publishing [Publisher 2016]

1

INF-120PowerPoint [PowerPoint 2016]

1

INF-124Spreadsheet Excel [Excel 2016]

1

INF-151Database: Access [Access 2016]

1

INF-161Internet Research and Data Handling

1

INF-165Introduction to Linux

1

Total Credit Hours:24

Free Elective

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

*If a student needs to complete CHM-100 before registering for CHM-140; CHM-100 can be used as a General Education or Free Elective.

***General Education Elective(s).

**Students must choose from INF-115, INF-120, INF-124, INF-151, INF-161, or INF-165.

****The prerequisite for MAT-180 and MAT-268 is MAT-160