SLCC General Catalog

Biotechnology AAS

CTE Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
62 credits minimum

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Program Description

The Biotechnology course of study provides students with training that prepares them for entry- to mid- level positions in research oriented environments. The program’s curriculum is driven and supported by the local Biotechnology industry, and focuses on using innovative practical activities to deliver the hands-on experience students require for the effective mastery of concepts and skills. Classes are taught by faculty with extensive experience in research settings. Students may choose one of two degree paths depending on individual goals and expectations.

This degree requires students to acquire comprehensive skills and knowledge relative to a wide range of biotechnology activities. Students completing the A.A.S. degree will be well positioned for entry to mid-level employment in a life science laboratory. Many of the courses obtained through the AAS degree can be transferred to Utah Valley University’s baccalaureate degree in Biotechnology should students wish to continue their studies at a higher level. See the advising notes below for more information.

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow the suggested sample schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 4 Credits

Course

 

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

MATH 1010

Intermediate Algebra

4

A

RDG 0990; within last year MATH 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

Communications (CM)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

Any approved CM course

Human Relations (HR)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisites

Any approved HR course

Distribution Areas

Choose one course (three credit hours) from one of the following distribution areas.

Course

Credits

 

 

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

Physical Science (PS)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 

Required Courses: (47 Credits)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

BTEC 1010

Intro to Biotechnology

3

F,Sp

MATH and RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or equivalent placement scores. Coreq: BTEC 1015

BTEC 1015

Intro to Biotechnology Lab

1

F,Sp

MATH and RDG 0990 w/C grade or better or equivalent placement scores. Coreq: BTEC 1010

BTEC 1030

Biotechnology Seminar

2

Sp

BTEC 1010 and 1015 w/C grade or better

BTEC 1060

Nuc Acid Prot Bchm

2

Sp

BTEC 1010 and BIOL 1610 w/C grade or better

BTEC 1080

Biotechnology Experience

3

A

BTEC 1010 and 1015 w/C grade or better

BTEC 2010

Applied Molecular Biology

3

F,Sp

BTEC 1010 and 1015 w/C grade or better and BIOL 1610 w/C grade or better

BTEC 2020

Biomolecular Sep & Analysis

3

F

BTEC 2010 w/C grade or better

BTEC 2030

Cell Culture

2

F, Sp

BTEC 2010 w/C grade or better

BTEC 2040

Advanced Molec Methods

3

Sp

BTEC 2010 w/C grade or better

BTEC 2050

Bioinformatics

2

F

BTEC 2010 w/C grade or better

BTEC 2100

Biotechnology Research

4

A

BTEC 1080 w/C grade or better or instructor permission

BMAN 1150

Bioman Quality Systems

3

F, Sp

BMAN 1110 and 1120 w/C grade or better or instructor permission

BMAN 2110

Good Manufacturing Proc

1

F, Sp

BMAN 1150 and 1180 w/C grade or better or instructor permission

BMAN 2120

Verification & Validation

2

F, Sp

BMAN 1150 and 1180 w/C grade or better or instructor permission

BIOL 1610

College Biology I

4

A

MATH 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score, RDG 0990 w/C grade ot hetter or appropriate Accuplacer score. Coreq: BIOL 1615

BIOL 1615

College Biology I Lab

0

A

Coreq: BIOL 1610

BIOL 2060

Microbiology

4

A

BIOL 1610 w/C grade or better. Coreq: BIOL 2065

BIOL 2065

Microbiology Lab

0

A

Coreq: BIOL 2065

CHEM 1110

Elementary Chemistry

4

A

MATH 1010 or appropriate Accuplacer score. Recommended coreq: CHEM 1115

CHEM 1115

Elementary Chemistry Lab

1

A

MATH 1010 or appropriate Accuplacer score. Recommended coreq: CHEM 1110

Sample Schedule

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

BTEC 1010

3

BTEC 1080

3

BTEC 1015

1

BTEC 1060

2

ENGL 1010

3

BTEC 2010

3

MATH 1010

4

CHEM 1110

4

BIOL 1610/1615

4

CHEM 1115

1

 

 

BTEC 1030

2

Total

15

Total

15

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

BTEC 2020

3

BTEC 2040

3

BMAN 1150

3

BTEC 2100

4

BIOL 2060/2065

4

BMAN 2110

1

BTEC 2050

2

BMAN 2120

2

BTEC 2030

2

Distribution

3

HR

3

CM

3

Total

17

Total

16

Advising Notes

Students considering the possibility of transferring to a Bachelor’s degree program at a future date should strongly consider the following course options:

• CHEM 1210/1215 in place of CHEM 1110/1115 since this course will transfer

• COMM 1010 or COMM 1020 for the Communications elective since either class will satisfy the Student Choice elective as an Intensive course

• LE 1220 for the Human Relations elective since this class will also satisfy the Social Science Distribution requirement of General Education electives

• BMAN 1110 is a recommended course that is highly pertinent to Biotechnology work skills and satisfies the Interdisciplinary (ID) category of General Education

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

 

  1. Substantive Knowledge
  2. Communicate Effectively
  3. Develop Quantitative Literacies
  4. Think Critically
  5. Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally
  • Students will develop a general  understanding of the Biotechnology field that includes:
    • The history of biotechnology
    • Applications of biotechnology
    • Biotechnology careers
    • Case studies of biotechnology products and innovations

1,2,5

  • Students will develop technological and analytical skills that are applicable in the field of Biotechnology. 

1,2,3,4,5

  • Students will develop a solid foundation of knowledge on which to further their education in the sciences. 

1,4,5

  • Students will develop critical thinking skills used in applying the scientific method to problems.

1,4,5

  • Students will develop essential communication skills necessary in working with complex information and concepts.

1,2,5

Department Contact Info

Biotechnology Department

Jordan Campus
Jordan Health Sciences Building (JHS)

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-6450

Academic Advisor
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Science & Industry Building (SI) 209
801-957-4858

Program Faculty

Assistant Professors
Charles Rettberg
Jean Bower