SLCC General Catalog

Biotechnology AS

Associate of Science (AS)
60 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.

The degree includes a full complement of general education and skills-based biotechnology courses. The program provides students with a broad foundation upon which to continue their studies in the sciences.  The A.S. degree is primarily designed to transfer to Utah Valley University’s (UVU) baccalaureate Biotechnology program. Students may choose to take upper division classes at UVU’s home campus in Orem, Utah, or they may choose to take upper division coursework as evening classes at the SLCC Jordan Campus. Students should note that other lower division coursework beyond what is listed in the A.S. degree will be required to complete the baccalaureate Biotechnology program at UVU.

Transfer/Articulation Information

Students completing the A.S. in Biotechnology at SLCC may consider transfer to science degree programs other than Biotechnology. Students should be aware that the full complement of their General Education courses and many of their major course requirements will transfer to any four year institution in the Utah System of Higher Education. However, Biotechnology courses are only articulated with Utah Valley University at this time. Consult your academic advisor 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) 6 Credits

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

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

ENGL 2010

Intermediate Writing

3

A

ENGL 1010 w/C grade or better

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 4 Credits

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 1050

College Algebra

4

A

RDG 0990; within last year MATH 1010 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits From One Of The Following

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ECON 1740

Econ History of US

3

A

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

HIST 1700

American Civilization

3

A

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

POLS 1100

US Govt & Politics

3

A

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

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN or Depth) 3 Credits

Distribution Areas:

Complete the following Biological Science (BS) distribution courses:

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

BIOL 1610

College Biology I

4

A

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

BIOL 1615

College Biology I Lab

0

A

Coreq: BIOL 1610

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas.  One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Course

Credits

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 

 

NOTE: Physical Science (PS) general education component is satisfied through pre-major coursework.

 Required Courses: (25 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 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

Biomolec Sep and 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

CHEM 1210

General Chemistry I

4

A

MATH 1050 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score. Recommended coreq: CHEM 1215

CHEM 1215

General Chemistry I Lab

1

A

MATH 1050 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score. Recommended coreq: CHEM 1210

CHEM 1220

General Chemistry II

4

A

CHEM 1210. Recommended coreq: CHEM 1225

CHEM 1225

General Chemistry II Lab

1

A

CHEM 1210. Recommended coreq: CHEM 1220

 Program Electives: (Select 2-4 Credits From The Following)

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

BTEC 1060

NucAcidProtBchm

2

Sp

BTEC 1010 and BIOL 1610 w/C grade or better

BTEC 1080

Biotechnology Exp

3

A

BTEC 1010 and 1015 w/C grade or better

BMAN 1150

Bman Qlty Sys Reg

3

F,Sp

BMAN 1110 and 1120 w/C grade or better

BMAN 1180

Bioman Experience

4

F,Sp

BMAN 1110 and 1120 w/C grade or better

BMAN 2110

Good Manufact

1

F,Sp

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

BMAN 2120

Verification & Valid

2

F,Sp

BMAN 1150 and 1180 w/C grade or better or instructors approval

 Sample Schedule

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  BTEC 1010

3

  BTEC 2010

3

  BTEC 1015

1

  BTEC ELEC

3

  ENGL 1010

3

  ENGL 2010

3

  MATH 1050

4

  Distribution (2)

6

  BIOL 1610/1615

4

 

 

Total

15

Total

15

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

  BTEC 2020

3

  BTEC 2030

2

  CHEM 1210

4

  BTEC 2040

3

  CHEM 1215

1

  CHEM 1220

4

  SC

3

  CHEM 1225

1

  AI

3

  Distribution (2)

6

  LW

1

 

 

Total

15

Total

16


Advising Notes

Upper division courses may be taken at the SLCC Jordan Campus with Utah Valley University at any time that the prerequisites for those courses have been satisfied. However, students should note that other lower division classes, beyond those listed in the Biotechnology AS degree, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree at Utah Valley University and can be taken at SLCC.

The following list indicates the additional courses required at the lower division level to earn a Bachelor’s of Science degree from UVU:

Course

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

MATH 2040

Statistics

4

F

Within last year MATH 1050 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

BIOL 2060

Microbiology

4

A

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

BIOL 2065

Microbiology Lab

0

A

Coreq: BIOL 2060

CHEM 2310

Organic Chem I

4

A

CHEM 1220 w/C grade or better. Recommended coreq: CHEM 2315.

CHEM 2315

Organic Chem I Lab

1

A

CHEM 1220 w/C grade or better. Recommended coreq: CHEM 2310

CHEM 2320

Organic Chem II

4

A

CHEM 2310w/C grade or better. Recommended coreq: CHEM 2325

CHEM 2325

Organic Chem II Lab

1

A

CHEM 2310w/C grade or better. Recommended coreq: CHEM 2320

PHYS 2010

College Physics I

4

A

MATH 1060 or 1080. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2015

PHYS 2015

College Phys Lab I

1

A

MATH 1060 or 1080. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2010

PHYS 2020

College Phys II

4

A

PHYS 2010. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2025

PHYS 2025

College Phys Lab II

1

A

PHYS 2010. Recommended coreq: PHYS 2020

 

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