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Biotechnology A.A.S. (A20100)

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Program Description

The Biotechnology curriculum, which has emerged from molecular biology and chemical engineering, is designed to meet the increasing demands for skilled laboratory technicians in various fields of biological and chemical technology.

Course work emphasizes biology, chemistry, mathematics, and technical communications. The curriculum objectives are designed to prepare graduates to serve as research assistants and technicians in laboratory and industrial settings and as quality control/quality assurance technicians.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Mission: To educate and train students to prepare for a career in the life sciences and biotechnology industries, by providing a hands-on, inquiry based learning environment, creating real-world learning opportunities coupled with career coaching and mentoring.

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize laboratory math and basic laboratory equipment such as pipets, pH meter, analytical balance, and glassware to make a solution.
  • Utilize documentation effectively by adhering to GMP and ALCOA document control principles to generate, follow, and maintain records, specifically focusing on electronic forms.
  • Ability to run a diagnostic assay, interpret data, determine an abnormal outcome, and troubleshoot the problem through root cause analysis.
  • Employ regulatory guidance in order to address safety concerns,  improve a process, and document change utilizing CAPA (corrective action / preventative action).
  • Capacity to follow a complex, multi-stage protocol resulting in analysis of a product, while adhering to standard operating procedures.
  • Demonstrate the ability to complete lab based competencies in aseptic technique, which contribute to maintaining contaminant-free cell lines.

Articulation Agreements

Agreements with the following institutions are in place:

  • 1 + 1 with GTCC (complete UT coursework)  ACC (complete BTC coursework)
  • 2 + 2 with NCCU-BS Pharmaceutical Science
  • 2 + 2 with UNCG-Biology
  • 2 + 2 with ECU-BSIT (Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology or Bachelor of Science in Biology)

Degree, Diplomas, Certificates

  • A.A.S. Biotechnology (2-year program)
  • Advanced Laboratory Techniques (1-year diploma)
  • Basic Laboratory Techniques (certificate)

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the associate degree program may find employment in various areas of industry, academic and government laboratories including research and development, manufacturing, diagnostics, environmental monitoring, sales, and customer service.


Students must complete all Biotechnology (BTC, BIO, CHM) courses with a grade of “C” or better to successfully complete this program.

Technical Standards

Students enrolling in the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical, and cognitive standards. This information is found in the admissions office.

Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.

First Year

Fall 1st Semester

Semester Total: 21 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 15 Credit Hour(s)

Spring 2nd Semester

Semester Total: 26 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 16 Credit Hour(s)

Summer 3rd Semester

Semester Total: 9 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 7 Credit Hour(s)

Second Year

Fall 4th Semester

Semester Total: 18-20 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 12-15 Credit Hour(s)

Spring 5th Semester

Semester Total: 20 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 14 Credit Hour(s)

Summer 6th Semester

Semester Total: 6-20 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 2 Credit Hour(s)

Total: 100-116 Contact Hour(s)

Total: 66-69 Credit Hour(s)

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