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                                                                                                    4

1 CHM      111 College Chemistry I or CHM101 General Chemistry I                                  4

 ENG        111 College Composition I                                                                                        3

 ITE           115 Intro to Computer Applications & Concepts                                                  3

 SDV         SDV elective                                                                                                                  1

              Total                                                                                             15


2nd Semester

 BIO          250 Biotechnology Research Methods and Skills                                                3

 BIO          253 Biotechnology Concepts                                                                                    3

 CHM       112 College Chemistry II or CHM102 General Chemistry II                                4

2 MTH      Elective                                                                                                                         3-5

              Total                                                                                             14


3rd Semester

 BIO          205 General Microbiology                                                                                          4

3___         Social Science Elective                                                                                                3

              Total                                                                                               7


4th Semester

BIO           165 Principles in Regulatory and Quality Environments for                                2


BIO           180 Introduction to Careers in Biotechnology                                                       1

BIO           206 Cell Biology                                                                                                           4

4___         Biotechnology Science Elective                                                                                 3

5ENG        115 Technical Writing                                                                                                 3

6PED/RPK Elective                                                                                                                           1

                 Total                                                                                              14


5th Semester

7___         Biotechnology Applied Science Elective                                                                  4

8___         Biotechnology Experiential Learning Elective                                                         3

 BIO          254 Capstone Seminar in Biotechnology                                                               2

9CST         126 Interpersonal Communication                                                                          3

10___       Humanities/Fine Arts Elective                                                                                   3

              Total                                                                                             15


Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Biotechnology = 65

1 Students who wish to transfer should complete CHM111/112 series.


2Students must complete one of the following: MTH157, MTH181, MTH 241, or MTH 271. Please see advisor for additional information on transferability of courses. If students chose a 3-credit math course, they will need to take an additional credit to meet the 65-credit total for this curriculum.


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


4Biotechnology 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.) or MDL 215 (Immunology, 2 cr.)  Students who choose MDL 215 must take one additional credit in a science course or 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 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 1 cr. a PED activities course, 1 cr.


7Biotechnology elective in the applied science category may be selected from BIO 251 (Protein Applications in Biotechnology, 4 cr.) or BIO 252 (Nucleic Acid Methods, 4 cr.).


8 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. Students must be approved by NOVA for an internship.  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 a biotech faculty advisor for assistance in determining eligibility and placement.


9Students can also substitute CST 100, 110, 115, 227 or 229.


10Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.