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 Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Biotechnology (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3004
Total Credits Required
67-69
Catalog Year
2019-2020

Career Opportunities

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.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

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:

  • 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 Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
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
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
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) COM 3
COM225 or
COM230
Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM 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
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
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
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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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.

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).

Other Versions

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:

A list of the current and previous versions of the pathway map for the Biotechnology program
Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 (Current)    5/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019