Associate in Applied Science in Biotechnology

Biotechnology

Degree Information

Academic Plan Code

3004

Credits

67–69

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.

Program Prerequisites

High School Diploma or GED, CHM130 and CHM130LL or one year of High School Chemistry, MAT120 or MAT121 or MAT122 or equivalent as indicated by assessment, CRE101 or CRE111 or equivalent as indicated by assessment.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is a suggested course sequence by term for the pathway.  Students should keep in mind the items below that affect their success in completing the pathway as listed:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term.  It is understood that students may enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Academic achievement is related to initial course placement determined by course placement tests, completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites,  any courses below 100 level, and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor, or program director, or counselor who can assist in assessing student needs that may affect course enrollment.  Appropriate resources can be discussed and agreed to in order to address student needs and support successful course completion.

Program Area Key:

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HUM = Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Term 1

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
14–16
RC BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I 4
RC CHM151 General Chemistry I 3
RC CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
RC MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions or
College Algebra/Functions or
College Algebra/Functions
3–5
FYC ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
3

Term 2

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
12
RC BIO240 General Genetics 4
RC BIO244 General Genetics Laboratory 1
RC CHM152 General Chemistry II 3
RC CHM152LL General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
FYC ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or
First-Year Composition for ESL
3

Term 3

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
6
Oral Comm COM100 or
(COM100AA and
COM100AB and
COM100AC)
or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or
(Introduction to Human Communication Part I and
Introduction to Human Communication Part II and
Introduction to Human Communication Part III)
or
Public Speaking or
Small Group Communication
3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area 3

Term 4

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
13
RC BIO212AA Biotechnology I 5
RC BIO220 Biology of Microorganisms 4
RC CHM230 Fundamental Organic Chemistry 3
RC CHM230LL Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1

Term 5

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
13
RC BIO211AA Biotechnology Seminar: Biomedical Applications 1
RC BIO212AB Biotechnology II 5
RC CHM260 Fundamental Biochemistry 3
RC CHM260LL Fundamental Biochemistry Laboratory 1
HUM PHI213 Medical and Bio-Ethics 3

Term 6

Program
Area
Course
Number
Course Name Prerequisites Notes Credits
9
RC BIO212AC Biotechnology III 5
RC BIO249 Applied Biosciences: Biotechnology Internship 4

Note

It is recommended that courses in Term 3 be taken during the summer.

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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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