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Biotechnology

Curriculum Description

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.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A20100
NC CIP: 41.0101
Day, Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2012

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ WBL Credit
Fall Semester
BIO 111 General Biology I 3 3 0 4
Select one:
Introduction to Chemistry 3 0 0 3
  AND        
Introduction to Chemistry Lab 0 3 0 1
  OR        
General Chemistry I (3) (3) (0) (4)
Select one:
Introduction to Computers (2) (2) (0) (3)
  OR        
Basic PC Literacy 1 2 0 2
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Mathematical Measurement NEW REQUISITE 2 2 0 3
  OR        
Mathematical Models NEW REQUISITE (2) (2) (0) (3)
  OR        
College Algebra NEW REQUISITE (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
Precalculus (4) (0) (0) (4)
   
    12 10 0 16

Spring Semester
BIO 112 General Biology II 3 3 0 4
CHM 132 Organic and Biochemistry 3 3 0 4
MAT 155 Statistical Analysis NEW REQUISITE 3 0 0 3
MAT 155A Statistics Analysis Lab 0 2 0 1
Select one:
Interpersonal Psychology 3 0 0 3
  OR        
General Psychology (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    12 8 0 15

Fall Semester
BTC 181 Basic Lab Techniques 3 3 0 4
WEB 110 Internet/Web Fundamentals 2 2 0 3
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
Select one:
___ ___
Technical Specialty Elective * * * 3
  OR        
___ ___
Technical Specialty Elective (**) (**) (**) (4)
  OR        
___ ___
Technical Specialty Elective (**) (**) (**) (5)
Select one:
___ ___
Technical Specialty Elective (*) (*) (*) (3)
  OR        
___ ___
Technical Specialty Elective ** ** ** 4
  OR        
___ ___
Technical Specialty Elective (**) (**) (**) (5)
   
    5 5 0 17

Spring Semester
BIO 285 Research and Measurement 2 4 0 4
Select one:
Biotech Lab Experience (0) (6) (0) (2)
  OR        
Co-op Work Experience I 0 0 10 1
  OR        
Co-op Work Experience I (0) (0) (20) (2)
Select one:
Public Speaking 3 0 0 3
  OR        
Argument-Based Research (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
Prof Research & Reporting (3) (0) (0) (3)
Select one:
___ ___
Technical Specialty Elective (*) (*) (*) (3)
  OR        
___ ___
Technical Specialty Elective ** ** ** 4
  OR        
___ ___
Technical Specialty Elective (**) (**) (**) (5)
Select one:
___ ___
Technical Specialty Elective (*) (*) (*) (3)
  OR        
___ ___
Technical Specialty Elective ** ** ** 4
  OR        
___ ___
Technical Specialty Elective (**) (**) (**) (5)
   
    5 4 10 16

Total Credit Hours: 64

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

Technical Specialty Electives — Select a minimum of 15 credit hours: BIO 250, BIO 275, BTC 150, BTC 250, BTC 270, BTC 281, BTC 282, BTC 283, BTC 285, BTC 286, or CHM 263

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective — Select one: HUM 110, HUM 220, PHI 215, or PHI 240. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.

**Hours will vary depending on course selection.