The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Biotechnology prepares students for careers as technical assistants in federal, state, and local government laboratories, biomedical, pharmaceutical, and bioengineering laboratories, agriculture and horticulture, microbiology, environmental and academic laboratories. The program provides students with a working knowledge of biotechnology by focusing on competency and technical expertise with state-of-the art laboratory protocol and critical consideration of current topics in biotechnology. Students gain practical experience through an internship.
Important information you’ll need when applying to MCC:
- Academic Career
- Degree/Certificate Type
- Career and Technical Degree
- Academic Plan
- Biotechnology (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.
|Occupation / Title||Annual Median Wage|
|Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.|
High School Diploma or GED, CHM130 and CHM130LL or one year of High School Chemistry, MAT120 or MAT121 or MAT122 or equivalent as indicated by assessment, CRE101 or CRE111 or equivalent as indicated by assessment.
Course Sequence by Term
The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:
- The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
- Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
|BIO181||General Biology (Majors) I||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in RDG100 or higher or eligibility for CRE101 as indicated by appropriate reading placement test score. One year of high school or one semester of college-level biology and chemistry is strongly recommended.||RC||4|
|CHM151||General Chemistry I||Prerequisites: C or better in [(CHM130 & CHM130LL), or CHM130AA, or 1 yr of high school chemistry taken within the last 5 yrs] & C or better in MAT151 or higher or satisfactory score on placemt exam, or permission of the Instructor or Dept or Div Chair.||RC||3|
|CHM151LL||General Chemistry I Laboratory||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CHM150 or CHM151 or Corequisites: CHM150 or CHM151||RC||1|
|College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions||Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MAT120, or MAT121, or MAT122, or satisfactory score on District placement exam. or Prerequisites: A grade of "C" or better in MAT120, or MAT121, or MAT122, or satisfactory score on District placement exam. or Prerequisites: A grade of "B" or better in MAT120, or MAT121, or MAT122, or satisfactory score on a placement test.||RC||3–5|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of "C" or better in ENG091 or ESL097. or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097.||FYC||3|
|BIO240||General Genetics||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO181.||RC||4|
|BIO244||General Genetics Laboratory||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO181. Corequisites: BIO240.||Course offered in Spring only||RC||1|
|CHM152||General Chemistry II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in [(CHM150 or CHM151) and CHM151LL], or CHM150AA, or CHM151AA, or permission of the Instructor, or Department or Division Chair.||RC||3|
|CHM152LL||General Chemistry II Laboratory||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CHM152 or Corequisites: CHM152.||RC||1|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG107.||FYC||3|
|Introduction to Human Communication or (Introduction to Human Communication Part I and Introduction to Human Communication Part II and Introduction to Human Communication Part III)||Oral Comm||3|
|Public Speaking or Small Group Communication||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent. or ENG101 or ENG107||Oral Comm||3|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences||Any approved General Education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area||SB||3|
|BIO212AA||Biotechnology I||Prerequisites or Corequisites: BIO181, or BIO247, or permission of Instructor.||Course offered in Fall only||RC||5|
|BIO220||Biology of Microorganisms||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO181. Corequisites: (CHM152 and CHM152LL) or (CHM154 and CHM154LL).||RC||4|
|CHM230||Fundamental Organic Chemistry||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (CHM130 and CHM130LL) or (CHM150 or CHM151 and CHM151LL), or permission of the Instructor, or Department or Division Chair.||RC||3|
|CHM230LL||Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CHM130LL or CHM151LL, or equivalent. Prerequisites or Corequisites: CHM230.||RC||1|
|BIO211AA||Biotechnology Seminar: Biomedical Applications||RC||1|
|BIO212AB||Biotechnology II||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO212AA.||Course offered in Spring only||RC||5|
|CHM260||Fundamental Biochemistry||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (CHM230 and CHM230LL) or (CHM235 and CHM235LL), or permission of the Instructor, or Department or Division Chair.||Completion of course prerequisites within the last two years recommended||RC||3|
|CHM260LL||Fundamental Biochemistry Laboratory||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in CHM260 or Corerequisites: CHM260. Completion of prerequisites within the last two years recommended.||RC||1|
|PHI213||Medical and Bio-Ethics||HU||3|
|BIO212AC||Biotechnology III||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO212AB.||Course offered in Summer only||RC||5|
|BIO249||Applied Biosciences: Biotechnology Internship||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO247 or permission of Instructor.||RC||4|
It is recommended that courses in Term 3 be taken during the summer.
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Program Area Key
- Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
- FYC = First Year Composition
- HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
- Mathematics = Mathematics
- NS = Natural Science
- Oral Comm = Oral Communication
- PP = Program Prerequisite
- SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
- RC = Required Courses
- RE = Restricted Electives
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.
All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.
View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Biotechnology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=73530).
* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.