Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 3004
First Term: 2006 Fall      
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 67-69
CIP Code: 26.1201

Occupational Area: Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Instructional Council: Biology (19)
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code:

Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Biotechnology prepares students for careers as technical assistants in federal, state, and local government laboratories, biomedical, pharmaceutical, and bioengineering laboratories, agriculture and horticulture, microbiology, environmental and academic laboratories. The program provides students with a working knowledge of biotechnology by focusing on competency and technical expertise with state-of-the art laboratory protocol and critical consideration of current topics in biotechnology. Students gain practical experience through an internship.

Required Courses
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I 4
BIO211AA Biotechnology Seminar: Biomedical Applications 1
BIO212AA Biotechnology I 5
BIO212AB Biotechnology II 5
BIO212AC Biotechnology III 5
BIO220 Biology of Microorganisms 4
+ BIO240 General Genetics 4
+ BIO244 General Genetics Laboratory 1
+ BIO249 Applied Biosciences: Biotechnology Internship 4
CHM151 General Chemistry I 3
CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
+ CHM152 General Chemistry II 3
+ CHM152LL General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
+ CHM230 Fundamental Organic Chemistry 3
+ CHM230LL Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
+ CHM260 Fundamental Biochemistry 3
+ CHM260LL Fundamental Biochemistry Laboratory 1

+ MAT150 College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
+ MAT151 College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
+ MAT152 College Algebra/Functions (3) 3-5
Credits: 52-54

Program Competencies
1. Utilize written protocols to accurately execute laboratory techniques. (BIO181)
2. Summarize biomedical applications of biotechnology, novel laboratory techniques, current developments in agricultural biotechnology, bioremediation, and describe the ethical and moral implications of biotechnology. (BIO211AA)
3. Trace the history of biotechnology and the influence of biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, and microbiology on development of the field. (BIO212AA)
4. Describe the industry-mandated protocol for record keeping in the laboratory. (BIO212AA)
5. Demonstrate expertise in media and solution preparation, routine manipulations of DNA (including DNA purification, purity analysis, and cloning), handling and purifying proteins including antibodies, sequencing DNA, testing DNA fragments for promoter activity, investigating transcriptional regulation, transforming microorganisms and various blotting techniques (including southern and western blotting). (BIO212AA, BIO212AB, BIO212AC)
6. Employ mathematical formulas used in the laboratory. (BIO249)
7. Apply knowledge and skills gained in biotechnology, microbiology, genetics and related coursework in an industry setting. (BIO249)
8. Describe the cellular structure and molecular reproduction of microorganisms and define the influence and application of microorganisms in ecology, industry, and biomedicine. Perform microscopic analysis. (BIO220)
9. Describe general genetics in terms of monogenic inheritance, chromosome abnormalities, chromosomal mutations, multigenic inheritance, the principles of population genetics and diagnostics used to support genetic counseling. (BIO240, BIO244)
10. Describe the physical structure, macromolecular structure, and reproduction of a cell at the molecular level. (BIO212AA)
11. Develop basic skills in data collection, laboratory protocol, and fundamental methods of cell and molecular investigation. (BIO212AA)
12. Identify environmental health hazards in the workplace by applying scientific principles from chemistry and biology. (CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL)
13. Employ mathematical formulas used in the laboratory. (CHM230, CHM230LL)
14. Explain biological and chemical principles and their application to biotechnological techniques. (CHM260, CHM260LL)
15. Use fundamental principles of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry to solve drafting and construction problems. (MAT150, MAT151, MAT152)
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 12-13-05

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