2013 - 2014 Combined Catalogs of the Colleges

Program: Biotechnology



BIOTECHNOLOGY

(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.

CREDIT HOURS

PREREQUISITES

ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing 3
9

SEMESTER I - Summer

MLAB 1101 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science 1
1

SEMESTER II

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 OR (3)
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication (3)
BITC 1311 Introduction to Biotechnology 3
14

SEMESTER III

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
14-15

SEMESTER IV - Summer

BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors OR 4
BIOL 2421 Microbiology for Science Majors (4)
MLAB 1335 Immunology/Serology 3
7

SEMESTER V

BITC 2311 Biotechnology Laboratory Instrumentation 3
BITC 2431 Cell Culture Techniques 4
HPRS 2201 Pathopysiology 2
+Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
12

SEMESTER VI

BITC 1350 Special Studies and Bioethical Issues of Biotechnology 3
BITC 2441 Molecular Biology Techniques 4
HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions 3
10

SEMESTER VII

BITC 1491 Special Topics in Biological Technology/Technician 4
4
Minimum Hours Required 71-72

+Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options 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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BIOTECHNOLOGY

(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.

CREDIT HOURS

SEMESTER I - Summer

MLAB 1101 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science 1
1

SEMESTER II

CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I 4
BITC 1311 Introduction to Biotechnology 3
BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I 4
+Elective 3-4
14-15

SEMESTER III

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
14
Minimum Hours Required 29-30

+Elective - must be selected from the following:

ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing 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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