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Degree Plans - Biotechnology - Biotechnology Certificate (Archived)


(Level I Certificate)

El Centro only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet 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: C1.BIOTECH.08

The El Centro and Mountain View 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.



CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I 4
BITC 1311 Introduction to Biotechnology 3
BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I 4
+Elective 3-4


BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors 4
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II 4
BITC 1302 Biotechnology Laboratory Methods and Techniques 3
BITC 2311 Biotechnology Laboratory Instrumentation 3
Minimum Hours Required 28-29

+Elective - must be selected from the following:

ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology 3
COSC 1300 Computer Literacy 3
MATH 1414 College Algebra OR 4
MATH 1314 College Algebra (3)

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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