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 Associate Degree
- Academic Plan
- Biotechnology (AAS)
- Academic Plan Code
- Total Credits Required
- Catalog Year
Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.
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:
- Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
- 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 current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
- Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
|BIO181||General Biology (Majors) I||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in RDG100, or RDG100LL, or higher, or eligibility for CRE101. 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 and CHM130LL), or CHM130AA, or 1 yr high school chemistry taken in last 5 yrs] and (C or better in MAT151 or higher level math course, or satisfactory placement), or permission of Instructor/Departmnt/Division 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 MAT095, or MAT096, or MAT114, or MAT115, or MAT12+, OR an appropriate district placement for MAT15+, OR permission of Department/Division Chair. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT095, or MAT096, or MAT114, or MAT115, or MAT12+, OR an appropriate district placement for MAT15+, OR permission of Department/Division Chair. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT095, or MAT096, or MAT114, or MAT115, or MAT12+, OR an appropriate district placement for MAT15+, OR permission of Department/Division Chair.||RC||3–5|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate district placement, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101 OR (Prerequisites: ALT100. Corequisites: ENG100A or ENG101LL or ENG107LL or WAC101). or Prerequisites: Appropriate district placement, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101 OR (Prerequisites: ALT100. Corequisites: ENG100A or ENG101LL or ENG107LL or WAC101).||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: A 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)||COM||3|
|Public Speaking or Small Group Communication||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent. or No requisites||COM||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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Course Area Key
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.
At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.
View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Biotechnology (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=73530).
The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:
|Catalog Year||Effective Dates|
|2019-2020||(Current) 5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|