Biotechnology

Curriculum Description

Science and Math: Biotechnology

Career Cluster: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Pathway:  Science and Mathematics

Program Major Biotechnology

Pathway 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 should be qualified for employment in various areas of industry and government, including research and development, manufacturing, sales, and customer service.

Program Major Description

A program that focuses on the application of the biological sciences, biochemistry, and genetics to the preparation of new and enhanced agricultural, environmental, clinical, and industrial products, including the commercial exploitation of microbes, plants, and animals. Potential course work includes instruction in general biology, general and organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, genetics, and cellular biology.

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 REVISED
NC CIP: 26.1201
Day, Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2019

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 111 General Biology I REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite 3 3 0 4
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CHM 131
AND
Introduction to Chemistry REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
CHM 131A
OR
Introduction to Chemistry Lab REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite (0) (3) (0) (1)
CHM 151 General Chemistry I REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite 3 3 0 4
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CIS 110
OR
Introduction to Computers REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite (2) (2) (0) (3)
CIS 111 Basic PC Literacy REVISED REQUISITE 1 2 0 2
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MAT 110
OR
Mathematical Measurement and Literacy REVISED REQUISITE Requisite 2 2 0 3
MAT 143
OR
Quantitative Literacy REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite (2) (2) (0) (3)
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite (3) (2) (0) (4)
Totals

Class Hours: 12
Lab/Shop Hours: 10
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 16

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 112 General Biology II Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite 3 3 0 4
BTC 150 Bioethics REVISED REQUISITE Requisite 3 0 0 3
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 2 0 4
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
CHM 132
OR
Organic and Biochemistry Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite (3) (3) (0) (4)
CHM 152 General Chemistry II Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite 3 3 0 4
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
PSY 118
OR
Interpersonal Psychology REVISED REQUISITE Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
PSY 150 General Psychology REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 15
Lab/Shop Hours: 8
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 18

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BTC 181 Basic Lab Techniques 3 3 0 4
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Comprehensive Articulation Agreement ** ** 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
___ ___
OR
Technical Specialty Elective * * * 3
___ ___
OR
Technical Specialty Elective (**) (**) (**) (4)
___ ___ Technical Specialty Elective (**) (**) (**) (5)
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
___ ___
OR
Technical Specialty Elective (*) (*) (*) (3)
___ ___
OR
Technical Specialty Elective ** ** ** ** 4
___ ___ Technical Specialty Elective (**) (**) (**) (5)
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 250 Genetics Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 3 3 0 4
Totals

Class Hours: 6
Lab/Shop Hours: 6
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 18

Spring Semester

Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
COM 231
OR
Public Speaking REVISED REQUISITE Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
ENG 112
OR
Writing/Research in the Disc Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
ENG 114 Prof Research & Reporting Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Global Distinction Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
___ ___
OR
Technical Specialty Elective (*) (*) (*) (3)
___ ___
OR
Technical Specialty Elective ** ** ** 4
___ ___ Technical Specialty Elective (**) (**) (**) (5)
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BTC 288
OR
Biotechnology Lab Experience NEW VERSION 2019FA Requisite (0) (6) (0) (2)
WBL 111
OR
Work-Based Learning I 0 0 10 1
WBL 112 Work-Based Learning I (0) (0) (20) (2)
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 275 Microbiology Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 3 3 0 4
Totals

Class Hours: 6
Lab/Shop Hours: 3
Clinical/WBL Hours: 10
Credit Hours: 12

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)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

Technical Specialty Electives — Select a minimum of 11 credit hours: BTC 270, BTC 281, BTC 282, BTC 283, BTC 285, BTC 286, CHM 263, NAN 251

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.

A20100 REVISED