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nova 2011-2012 college catalog: Programs of Study

Associate of Applied Science Degree LO, MA

Purpose:  This program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in entry-level positions at biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, as laboratory, research, or manufacturing technicians. Coursework will develop an understanding of basic scientific principles in biology and chemistry, and will emphasize laboratory techniques and procedures such as solution and media preparation, DNA purification and analysis, electrophoresis, chromatography, maintenance of cells in culture, and quality control techniques.

Transfer Information: Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Many of the courses within the program are accepted for transfer to almost any senior institution. Students interested in transfer should contact their faculty advisor early in their program.

Recommended Preparation:  Students should be proficient in high school English, Algebra and Biology.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
BIO 101 General Biology or BIO 173 Biology for Biotechnology 4
1CHM 111 College Chemistry I or CHM 101 General Chemistry 1 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills or SDV 101 Orientation to Biotechnology 1
Total   15
2nd Semester
BIO 250 Biotechnology Research Methods and Skills 3
BIO 253 Biotechnology Concepts 3
CHM 112 College Chemistry II or CHM 102 General Chemistry II 4
2MTH MTH    Elective 3-5
Total   13-15
3rd Semester
3___ ___    Social Science Elective 3
BIO 205 General Microbiology 4
Total   7
4th Semester
4___ ___    Biotechnology Science Elective 4
BIO 206 Cell Biology 4
BIO 180 Intro to Careers in Biotechnology 1
BIO 165 Principles in Regulatory and Quality Environments for Biotechnology 2
5ENG 115 Technical Writing 3
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 1
Total   15
5th Semester
6___ ___    Biotechnology Applied Science Elective 4
7___ ___    Biotechnology Experiential Learning Elective 3
9___ ___    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
BIO 254 Capstone Seminar in Biotechnology 2
8CST 126 Interpersonal Communication 3
Total   15
Total credits for the Biotechnology A.A.S.=65-67

1 Students who wish to transfer to a four year institution for a baccalaureate degree should complete the CHM 111-112 series.

2 Students must complete one of the following MTH 157, MTH 181, MTH 241, or MTH 271. Please see advisor for additional information on transferability of courses.

3 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives.

4 Biotechnology elective in the science category may be selected from BIO 256 (General Genetics, 4 cr.), CHM 260 (Introductory Biochemistry, 3 cr.) or MDL 215 (Immunology, 2 cr.) Students who choose MDL 215 must take one additional credit in the Biotechnology Experiential Learning category.

5 Students who plan to transfer to a university may wish to consider taking ENG 112 College Composition II.

6 Biotechnology elective in the applied science category may be selected from BIO 251 (Biotechnology I: Protein Research, 4 cr.) or BIO 252 (Biotechnology II: DNA Research, 4 cr.).

7 Biotechnology electives in the experiential learning category may be selected from BIO 290 (Coordinated Internship), BIO 296 (On-Site Training in Biotechnology), BIO 297 (Cooperative Education), BIO 298 (Seminar and Project), and BIO 299 (Supervised Study). A total of 3 credits in this category is required, from a combination of 1-3 credits in any of these courses.

8 Students can also substitute CST 100, 110, 115, 227 or 229.

9 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.