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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 3004
First Term: 2006 Fall    Final Term: 2014 Spring
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 67-69
CIPS Code: 26.1201
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: College-Specific
Occupational Area: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics / Bioscience
Instructional Council: Biology (19)
GPA: 2.00

Detailed Program Information

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.

Program Prerequisites
 Credits: 0-12
 High School Diploma or GED
+CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND 
 CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR One year of high school chemistry0-4
 CRE101College Critical Reading (3) OR 
 CRE111Critical Reading for Business and Industry (3) OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment.0-3
 MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR 
 MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR 
 MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR 
  Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-5
Required Courses
 Credits: 52-54
 BIO181General Biology (Majors) I4
 BIO211AABiotechnology Seminar: Biomedical Applications1
 BIO212AABiotechnology I5
 BIO212ABBiotechnology II5
 BIO212ACBiotechnology III5
 BIO220Biology of Microorganisms4
+BIO240General Genetics4
+BIO244General Genetics Laboratory1
+BIO249Applied Biosciences: Biotechnology Internship4
 CHM151General Chemistry I3
 CHM151LLGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1
+CHM152General Chemistry II3
+CHM152LLGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1
+CHM230Fundamental Organic Chemistry3
+CHM230LLFundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
+CHM260Fundamental Biochemistry3
+CHM260LLFundamental Biochemistry Laboratory1
+MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR 
+MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR 
+MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3)3-5
General Education Requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 15
General Education CoreCredits: 9
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
 ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR 
 ENG107First Year Composition for ESL (3) AND 
 ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR 
 ENG108First Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
 COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR 
 COM100AAIntroduction to Human Communication Part I (1) AND 
 COM100ABIntroduction to Human Communication Part II (1) AND 
 COM100ACIntroduction to Human Communication Part II3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0
 Met by CRE courses in Program Prerequisites area.0
MathematicsCredits: 0
 Met by MAT courses in Program Prerequisites area0
General Education DistributionCredits: 6
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
 PHI213Medical and Bio-Ethics3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
 Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences Area.3
Natural SciencesCredits: 0
 Met by CHM courses in required course area.0

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)

All information 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.