BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - LABORATORY ASSISTANT OPTION ( Official )
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Program Type: Certificate of Achievement

Division: School of Science and Mathematics

Program Description:
The curriculum prepares students to work in entry level positions in the field of biotechnology where a biology or chemistry degree is not required. 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.

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

Students who have previously completed coursework required for the Laboratory Assistant Option and need only the Biology 102A-D courses may take a “fast track” and complete the option in 1 year.

Prerequisite: Math 125

Effective Academic Year: 2009-2010

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement (39 units):

Recommended sequence:

Required Units in the Major:    39

Required Courses
  Semester I (15 units)
ENGL 001A - READING AND COMPOSITION (4.0 units)
  CHEM 002A - CHEMISTRY - GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY (4.0 units)
  BIOL 102A - BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - BASIC TECHNIQUES (3.0 units)
  &
  BIOL 011 - GENERAL BIOLOGY (4.0 units)
  OR
  BIOL 039 - MODERN HUMAN GENETICS (4.0 units)
  &
  Semester II (10 units)
BIOL 102B - BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - ADVANCED TECHNIQUES (3.0 units)
  CHEM 002B - CHEMISTRY-GENERAL, ORGANIC AND BIOCHEMISTRY (4.0 units)
  PHSC 002 - SCIENTIFIC METHOD AS CRITICAL THINKING (3.0 units)
  &
  Semester III (8 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 (3 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