64.0 Credit Hours
The Associate of Applied Science in Biotechnology provides a full range of courses to prepare students for entry-level positions in the biotechnology field. The academic curriculum provides a background in historical development of biotechnology, bioethics, safety, reagent preparation, cell culture techniques, protein purification and analysis techniques, microbiology and fermentation methods, molecular biology (DNA) techniques and bioinformatics.
With advances in molecular and cellular biology, the biotechnology industry has expanded in scope to include human diagnoses and therapeutics, agricultural and veterinary applications, food production and environmental cleanup.
- Demonstrate the ability to think logically and solve problems using analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
- Recognize and articulate an understanding of the increasing interdependence of world cultures and their consequences.
- Communicate effectively in a variety of ways with varied audiences through: writing skills, oral communication skills, listening skills, reading skills and computer literacy.
- Demonstrate knowledge of various experimental systems, including bacterial cultures, mammalian cell cultures and recombinant DNA technology.
- Demonstrate a strong foundation in the natural sciences and the reasoning skills needed for successfully executing laboratory protocols.