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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 5079
First Term: 2006 Fall    Final Term: 2014 Spring
Award: CCL
Total Credits: 41
CIPS Code: 26.0101
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 Certificate of Completion (CCL) 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 included courses designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the field by focusing on competency and technical expertise with state-of-the art laboratory protocol and critical consideration of current topics in biotechnology. The core focus is hands-on experience in the laboratory followed by an internship.

Program Notes:
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Program Prerequisites
 Credits: 4
 High School Diploma or GED
+CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND 
 CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR 
  One year of high school chemistry4
 MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR 
 MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR 
 MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR 
  Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-5
Required Courses
 Credits: 41
 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

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.Apply knowledge and skills gained in biotechnology, biosafety, and related coursework in an industry setting. (BIO249)
7.Employ mathematical formulas used in the laboratory. (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. (BIO 181)
11.Develop basic skills in data collection, laboratory protocol, and fundamental methods of cell and molecular investigation. (BIO 212AA)
12.Identify environmental health hazards in the workplace by applying scientific principles from chemistry and biology. (CHM151, CHM151LL, CHM152, CHM152LL)

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.