Associate of Applied Science Degree LO, MA

Purpose:  This program is designed to prepare graduates for employment into 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:  Although transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, NVCC 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. Please, see pre-requisites.

First Year 1st Semester 2nd Semester 3rd Semester
BIO 101 General Biology or Bio 173 Biology for Biotechnology 4    
CHM 111 College Chemistry I 4    
ENG 111 College Composition I 3    
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications 3    
SDV 101 Orientation to Biotechnology 1    
BIO 170 Biotechnology Methods   2  
BIO 253 Concepts in Biotechnology   3  
CHM 112 College Chemistry II   4  
MTH 157 Elementary Statistics   4  
BIO 205 General Microbiology     4
1 Social Science Elective     3
  Total Credits/Semester 15 13 7

Second Year 1st Semester 2nd Semester
BIO 206 Cell Biology 4  
2 Biotechnology Science Elective 3  
ENG 115 Technical Writing 3  
3 PED/RPK Elective 2  
1 Social Science Elective 3  
  Biotechnology Applied Science Elective   4
5 Biotechnology Experiential Learning Elective   3
BIO 254 Capstone Seminar in Biotechnology   2
6 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective   3
7 SPD 126 Interpersonal Communication   3
  Total Credits/Semester 15 15

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

1 The social science elective may be selected from economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology (includes anthropology) courses listed on pages 40-41.

2 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.

3 The PED requirement may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr. plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr., plus RPK 205, 216, or 225.  PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

4 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.).

5 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.

6 The humanities/fine arts elective may be chosen from those listed in the college catalog.

7 Students can also substitute SPD 100, 110, 115, 227 or 229.