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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study


BIOTECHNOLOGY Code: 1490 Catalog Year: 2012-2013
Associate of Applied Science Degree   LO, MA
  Courses Credits Grade
Two Years
7BIO Biotechnology Internship/Special Project 3  
5___ Biotechnology/Science Elective 4  
1BIO 101 General Biology 4  
BIO 147 Laboratory Calculation for Biotechnology 1  
BIO 165 Principles in Regulatory and Quality Environments for Biotechnology 2  
BIO 180 Intro to Careers in Biotechnology 1  
BIO 205 General Microbiology 4  
BIO 206 Cell Biology 4  
BIO 250 Biotechnology Research Methods and Skills 3  
BIO 251 Protein Applications for Biotechnology or 4  
  Nuclei Acid Methods    
BIO 253 Biotechnology Concepts 3  
BIO 254 Capstone Seminar in Biotechnology 2  
BIO 255 Bioinformatics and Computer Applications for Biotechnology 2  
2CHM 111 College Chemistry I or 4  
  General Chemistry I    
CHM 112 College Chemistry II or 4  
  General Chemistry II    
8CST 126 Interpersonal Communication 3  
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
6ENG 115 Technical Writing 3  
9___ ___    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3  
3MTH Elective 3-5  
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 1  
SDV 100 College Success Skills or SDV 101 Orientation to Biotechnology 1  
4___ Social Science Elective 3  
Total   65-67  
Total credits for the Biotechnology A.A.S.=65-67

1 BIO 173: Biology for Biotechnology may be substituted for BIO 101.

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

3 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.

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

5 Biotechnology elective in the science category may be selected from BIO 110 General Botany (4 cr.), BIO 120 General Zoology (4 cr.), BIO 251 Protein Applications in Biotechnology (4 cr.), BIO 252 Nucleic Acid Methods (4 cr.), BIO 256 General Genetics (4 cr.), CHM 260 Introductory Biochemistry (3 cr.). Students who choose CHM 260 must take one additional credit in a science course or in the Biotechnology Experiential Learning category. Students who wish to transfer may use BIO 102 General Biology II for this category.

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

7 This requirement may be satisfied by a total of 3 credits selected from BIO 290 (Coordinated Internship), BIO 296 (On-Site Training in Biotechnology), BIO 297 (Cooperative Education, 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. Students must be approved by the Biotechnology program coordinator(s) for an internship or Cooperative Education assignment. Criteria for approval include successful completion of biotechnology courses (including a demonstrated proficiency of basic lab skills), a professional work ethic, and an ability to work well with others. Please see your biotech academic advisor for assistance in determining eligibility and placement or for approval of a topic for a Project or Supervised Study.

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.