Biotechnology - A20100

Instructional Service Agreement with Pitt Community College

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 may find employment in various areas of industry and government, including research and development, manufacturing, sales, and customer service.

General Education Core (44 SHC)
*ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry
ENG 112 Argument-Based Research
*ENG 113 Lilterature-Based Research
*ENG 114 Prof. Research and Reporting
*HUM/FA Humanities/Fine Arts Core Elect.
*SOC/BEH Social/Behavioral Sci. Elect.
*MAT 110 Mathematical Measurement
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra

Major Core Courses
*BIO 111 General Biology I
*BIO 112 General Biology II
BTC 181 Basic lab Techniques
CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry
CHM 131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab
*CHM 151 General Chemistry I
CHM 132 Organic and Biochemistry

Other Major Courses
*BIO 275 Microbiology
BTC 250 Principles of Genetics
BTC 270 Recombinant DNA Tech
BTC 281 Bioprocess Techniques
BTC 285 Cell Culture
BTC 288 Biotech Lab Experience
WBL 112 Work Based Learning I
*CIS 110 Introduction to Computers
*WEB 110 Internet/Web Fundamentals

Science Elective (Select 8 hours from the following courses:)
BTC 275 Industrial Microbiology
BTC 286 Immunological Techniques
*CHM 152 General Chemistry II
*PHY 110 Conceptual Physics
*PHY 110A Conceptual Physics Lab
*PHY 151 College Physics I

Other Required Courses
ACA 111 College Student Success
*ACA 115 College Study Skills
*ACA 122 College Transfer Success

Total Semester Hour Credits for AAS Degree 67

*Classes offered at Nash Community College

Degree granted from Pitt Community College

See the 2013-2014 Academic Catalog for more information about electives.

Students enrolled full-time and making satisfactory progress should complete this program in five semesters. Additional time may be needed to achieve minimum requirements in English, math or science.

The Biotechnology program has established collaborative agreements with surrounding area community colleges. These agreements allow students to take a majority of their courses at their area community college and the remaining courses at Pitt Community College. Pitt Community College will award the Biotechnology degree.