Associate in Applied Science in Biotechnology

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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.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Degree
Academic Plan
Biotechnology (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3004
Total Credits Required
70–72
Catalog Year
2018-2019

Career Opportunities

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.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Biological Technicians $33,110
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Program Prerequisites

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.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
14-16
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I RC 4
CHM151 General Chemistry I RC 3
CHM151LL General Chemistry I Laboratory RC 1
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions RC 3–5
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
12
BIO240 General Genetics RC 4
BIO244 General Genetics Laboratory Course offered in Spring only RC 1
CHM152 General Chemistry II RC 3
CHM152LL General Chemistry II Laboratory RC 1
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
9
COM100 or
(COM100AA and
COM100AB and
COM100AC)
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
COM225 or
COM230
Public Speaking or Small Group Communication Oral Comm 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
13
BIO212AA Biotechnology I Course offered in Fall only RC 5
BIO220 Biology of Microorganisms RC 4
CHM230 Fundamental Organic Chemistry RC 3
CHM230LL Fundamental Organic Chemistry Laboratory RC 1

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
13
BIO211AA Biotechnology Seminar: Biomedical Applications RC 1
BIO212AB Biotechnology II Course offered in Spring only RC 5
CHM260 Fundamental Biochemistry Completion of course prerequisites within the last two years recommended RC 3
CHM260LL Fundamental Biochemistry Laboratory RC 1
PHI213 Medical and Bio-Ethics HU 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
9
BIO212AC Biotechnology III Course offered in Summer only RC 5
BIO249 Applied Biosciences: Biotechnology Internship RC 4

Note

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

Disclaimer

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.