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
BIT 120 Introduction to Biotechnology 4
MAT 100 or
MAT 161*
Intermediate Algebra or
Pre-Calculus I*
3-4
CHE 131 or
CHE 151*
(14-15 Credit Hours)
Chemistry for Technology I or
Principles of Chemistry I*
4

SECOND SEMESTER

ENG 115 or
ENG 102*
English for Technical Communications or
English Composition II*
3
SPC 120 Public Speaking 3
CHE 132 or 
CHE 152
Chemistry for Technology II or
Principles of Chemistry II*
4
BIT 123 Techniques and Instrumentation for Biotechnology 4
BIO 121 or
BIO 151*
(18 Credit Hours)
General Biology I or
Principles of Biology I*
4

THIRD SEMESTER

Elective Core Goal 4: Computer Fluency 3
BIT 220 Biotechnology Research 4
MAT 131 Introduction to Statistics 3
BIO 140 or
BIO 152*
Microbiology and Immunology or
Principles of Biology II*
4
Elective1
(18 Credit Hours)
Laboratory Science1 4

FOURTH SEMESTER

BIT 232 Biomanufacturing 4
Elective2 Biotechnology Internship or Labratory Science 4-6
ESW Elective Core Goal 10: Exercise and Health Sciences 2
HIS 101
(13-15 Credit Hours)
History of Western Civilization I 3

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS: 64-66

*Required to Transfer

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
Students intending to transfer should take CHE 261 Organic Chemistry I

2 Students may choose the 6 credit Biotechnology Internship course, or Choose one of the above 4 credit Laboratory science electives.  Students intending to transfer should take CHE 262 Organic Chemistry II.
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