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 the Biotechnology program 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 program. 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:
- 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 may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
- Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.
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 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 MAT12+, OR an appropriate district placement. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in MAT12+, OR an appropriate district placement. or Prerequisites: A grade of B or better in MAT12+, OR an appropriate district placement.||RC||3–5|
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097. or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement, 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)||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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Program 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.
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).
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|
|2018-2019||5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019|