Biotechnology, Biomanufacturing, and Molecular Techniques AAS

This degree is designed for students who want to work immediately after graduation. These students will be ready to work as skilled technicians in biotechnology, biomanufacturing, pharmaceutical and academic laboratories.
By choosing the specific courses options (indicated below), the AAS degree is also an economical way to
prepare for continued study, with seamless transfer to many partner institutions, including:

  • Cabrini College
  • Pennsylvania State University - Abington
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • West Chester University
  • and many more

Career Pathway

Program Outcomes

A graduate should be able to:

  • demonstrate a theoretical and practical (i.e., hands-on) knowledge of state-of-the-art tools used in biotechnology laboratories, including molecular and cellular biological techniques and use of various laboratory instrumentation.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the biotechnology process, from identification of a molecule involved in a disease process to the end-stage marketing of a product.
  • demonstrate thorough knowledge of the biotechnology manufacturing process.
  • demonstrate potential for teamwork, and good oral and written communication skills.
  • demonstrate familiarity with the types of career opportunities available in the biotechnology industry.

Curriculum

First Semester

ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 100 Intermediate Algebra 3
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
CHE 131 Chemistry for Technology I 4
Elective
(17 Credit Hours)
Core Goal 4: Computer Fluency 3

Second Semester

ENG 115 Writing for Technical Communications 3
Elective Core Goal 6: Intellectual Heritage and
Core Goal 9: Behavioral and Social Sciences
3
CHE 132 Chemistry for Technology II 4
BIT 120 Introduction to Biotechnology 4
BIT 123
(16 Credit Hours)
Basic Techniques and Instrumentation for Biotechnology 4

Third Semester

Elective Laboratory Science1 4
BIT 220 Biotechnology Research 4
Elective Core Goal 1b: Oral Communication 3
MAT 131 Introduction to Statistics 3
BIO 140
(18 Credit Hours)
Microbiology and Immunology 4

Fourth Semester

BIT 232 Biomanufacturing 4
BIT 240 Cell Culture2 3
ESW Elective Core Goal 10: Exercise and Health Sciences 2
Elective Core Goal 11: Civic Responsibility, Goal 12: Global Perspective, and Core Goal 13: Ethical Reasoning 3
BIT 242
(14 Credit Hours)
Fermentation2 3

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS CREDIT: 68

1 Choose One for the Third Semester Elective
BIO 122 General Biology II
BIO 130 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 131 or BIO 132 Human Anatomy and Physiology I or II
BIO 260 Genetics
PHY 121 or PHY 122 General Physics I or II
2 BIT 298 Biotechnology Internship for 6 credits can be substituted for BIT 240 and BIT 242
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