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Program Type: Certificate of Achievement

Division: School of Science and Mathematics

Program Description:
Prerequisites: Math 131, Chem 22, Chem 1A

Recommended preparation:
Computer literacy

The curriculum prepares students to work in entry level positions in the field of biotechnology in high-tech industry and institutions. This is an interdisciplinary program including courses and practical training in math, chemistry, biology, computer skills and English. This program prepares students using SCANS guidelines. Emphasis is on practical laboratory skills combined with training in quality assurance and quality control in a working laboratory setting. Students are kept informed on current advances in biotechnology by speakers from industry, internet assignments and tours of local biotech facilities.

This program offers classroom instruction plus supervised work experience in the biotechnology industry. Students must be willing to spend time working on long term projects and participating in outreach programs.

Students must be able to provide their own transportation in the final semester to an internship site. Employment opportunities include: biomedical industry, academic research labs, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food science labs, genetic engineering labs.

Students who have previously completed coursework required for the Certificate of Achievement and need only the Biology 102A-D courses may take a “fast track” and complete the certificate in 1 year.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Effective academic year: 2009-2010

Required Units in the Major:    49

Required Courses
  Semester I (16 units)
ENGL 001A - READING AND COMPOSITION (4.0 units)
  BIOL 001A - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY - EVOLUTION, DIVERSITY, AND ECOLOGY (4.0 units)
  BIOL 102A - BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - BASIC TECHNIQUES (3.0 units)
  CHEM 001B - GENERAL CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL ANALYSIS (5.0 units)
  &
  Semester II (10 units)
BIOL 001B - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY - CELLULAR AND ORGANISMAL BIOLOGY (4.0 units)
  BIOL 102B - BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - ADVANCED TECHNIQUES (3.0 units)
  PHSC 002 - SCIENTIFIC METHOD AS CRITICAL THINKING (3.0 units)
  &
  Semester III (13 units)
CHEM 008A - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY (5.0 units)
  MICR 002 - MICROBIOLOGY (4.0 units)
  &
  STAT 018 - STATISTICS FOR BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (4.0 units)
  OR
  STAT 050 - ELEMENTARY STATISTICS (4.0 units)
  &
  Semester IV (7 units)
BIOL 001C - PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY - INTRODUCTION TO MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (4.0 units)
  BIOL 102C - BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - CELL CULTURE TECHNIQUES (3.0 units)
  &
  Summer (3 units)
BIOL 102D - BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - LABORATORY INTERNSHIP (3.0 units)

Required Electives (0 Units)

None

Recommended Electives

None