Professional and Technical

Biotechnology – Associate Degree (A20100)

The Biotechnology curriculum, which has emerged from molecular biology and chemical engineering, is designed to meet the increasing demands for skilled laboratory technicians in various fields of biological and chemical technology.

Course work emphasizes biology, chemistry, mathematics, and technical communications. The curriculum objectives are designed to prepare graduates to serve in three distinct capacities: research assistant to a biologist or chemist, laboratory technician/instrumentation technician, and quality control/quality assurance technician.

Graduates should be qualified for employment in various areas of industry and government, including research and development, manufacturing, sales, and customer service.

Biotechnology is a program that focuses on the application of the biological sciences, biochemistry, and genetics to the preparation of new and enhanced agricultural, environmental, clinical, and industrial products, including the commercial exploitation of microbes, plants, and animals.

Potential course work includes instruction in general biology, general and organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, genetics, and cellular biology.

Note: BCC and UNCG have an articulation agreement allowing students who complete an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Biotechnology at BCC to transfer to UNCG in Biology.

BCC also offers a Biotechnology Diploma option.

Associate in Applied Science Degree (A20100)

Course Title Credits
Fall Semester #1
ACA 115 Success & Study Skills 1
-or-
ACA 122 College Transfer Success 1
BIO 111 General Biology I 4
BTC 181 Basic Lab Techniques 4
CHM 151 General Chemistry I 4
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I 4
Semester Total 20
Spring Semester #1
BIO 112 General Biology II 4
BIO 275 Microbiology 4
BTC 150 Bioethics 3
BTC 250 Principles of Genetics 3
CHM 132 Organic and Biochemistry 4
-or-
CHM 152 General Chemistry II 4
Semester Total 18
Fall Semester #2
BTC 285 Cell Culture 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 3
COM 231 Public Speaking 3
-or-
ENG 112 Writing/Research/Discipl 3
Majors Hours Elective* 3-4
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective* 3
BTC 182AB (optional) Pharma Lab Techniques (for transfer track) 1
Semester Total 15-17
Spring Semester #2
BTC 288 Biotech Lab Experience 2
Major Hours Elective** 3
Major Hours Elective** 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective* 3
BTC 182BB (optional) Pharma Lab Techniques (for transfer track) 3
Semester Total 11-16
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS: 65-71

Note: See Humanities/Fine Arts Electives and Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives for a complete listing of eligible courses.

**Major Hours Electives:

Course Title Credits
AQU 215 Algae Culture 3
AQU 230 Fish Genetics & Breeding 3
AQU 255 Invertebrate Culture 3
BIO 168 Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BIO 169 Anatomy & Physiology II 4
BTC 182AB Pharma Lab Techniques 1
BTC 182BB Pharma Lab Techniques 3
BTC 260 Marine Biotechnology 4
BTC 270 Recombinant DNA Tech 4
BTC 281 Bioprocess Techniques 4
BTC 286 Immunological Techniques 4
CHM 132 Organic & Biochemistry 4
CHM 152 General Chemistry II 4
CHM 251 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHM 252 Organic Chemistry II 4
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra 4
MAT 172 Precalculus Trigonometry 4