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Degree Plans - Biotechnology - Biotechnology AAS (Archived)


(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.BIOTECH.08

The El Centro College Biotechnology program offers individuals the choice of a Level I Certificate or a two-year Associate Degree program. The program is designed to prepare the graduate for entry-level positions in biotechnology, biological research and industrial laboratories.

Biotechnology students will study the theories of modern advances in biotechnology, molecular biology, DNA and RNA technology, and bioethics. Skills will include laboratory management and safety, laboratory operations, planning, recording, and reporting experiments, caring for equipment and living cells, cell and tissue culture, genetics, pipetting, technical writing, and statistical analysis. The final semester will include a capstone internship which will provide a transitional experience from course work to workplace. The biotechnology program will also provide a foundation for students who would like to continue a bachelor's and/or graduate degrees.

Job opportunities include: medical schools, pharmaceutical and industrial companies, colleges, universities and rapidly new emerging occupations.



ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology 3


BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I 4
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I 4
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
COSC 1300 Computer Literacy 3
BITC 1311 Introduction to Biotechnology 3


MATH 1314 College Algebra OR 3
MATH 1414 College Algebra (4)
BIOL 2416 Genetics 4
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II 4
BITC 1302 Biotechnology Laboratory Methods and Techniques 3


BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors 4
MLAB 1335 Immunology/Serology 3


BITC 2311 Biotechnology Laboratory Instrumentation 3
BITC 1350 Special Studies and Bioethical Issues of Biotechnology 3
BITC 2431 Cell Culture Techniques 4
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3-4


BITC 2441 Molecular Biology Techniques 4
HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions 3
HPRS 2201 Pathopysiology 2


BITC 1491 Special Topics in Biological Technology/Technician 4
Minimum Hours Required 70-72

+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Humanities/Fine Arts.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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