This program is designed to prepare students for employment in biotechnology research. Upon successful completion of the required coursework, students will have acquired skills in basic laboratory techniques and practices in addition to proficiency in basic statistics, microbiology, and oral/written data presentation. Students will also be proficient in concepts of quality control and their application in biotechnology research.
▪ Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion, students will be able to:
o Using a laboratory notebook, students will learn to employ the principles of proper documentation and recordkeeping and create standard operating procedures.
o Explain and properly perform molecular biology techniques commonly used in biotechnology-related academic and industrial laboratories.
o Correctly analyze and clearly present biotechnology data in oral and written form.
In a 3-year period, we anticipate a total of 105 students enrolling in the program (ATE grant proposal):
46 students completing the Biotechnology Lab Assistant Certificate
12 students completing the Biotechnology research Lab Assistant Certificate
19 students completing the internship and entering the workforce
Associate in Science in Biotechnology
Program Goal and Objectives
This program is designed to prepare students in middle-skill biotech occupations that requir some education and training and less than a Bachelor of Science degree. Occupations include biological technicians, chemical technicians, medical and clinical technicians, quality control analysts, manufacturing production technicians, and inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers an weighers.
This degree is not intended for students who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus.
However, the A.S. degree provides students with a pathway to earn a Bachelor of Science in Biomanufacturing at MiraCosta College in North San Diego County if they complete three online courses offered by MiraCosta College:
o BTEC 120 – Business and regulatory Practices in Biotech
o BTEC 210 – Data Analysis with Excel
o BTEC 211 - Technical Writing for Regulated Environments
1) Course Outlines of Record (CORs)
The following courses are required as preparation for the major; all of them are approved courses and are listed in the LACCD Electronic Curriculum Development System:
• Biotech 002 – Biotechnology I
• Biotech 003 – Biotechnology II
• Biotech 006 – Biotechnology: Quality Control
• Biotech 008 – Biological Research Internship
• Chem 65 – Introductory General Chemistry
• Math 227 - Statistics
• Micro 020U – General Microbiology Lecture
• Micro 020L – General Microbiology Laboratory
(Y1 or S1)
|Chem 65 ||Introductory General Chemistry I |
(prerequisites: Math 123 or 125)
|4||Yr 1 Fall |
|Math 227 || Statistics||4||Yr 1 Fall |
|Biotech 002 ||Biotechnology I |
(prerequisites: Chem 65 or equivalent; or successful completion of high school chemistry)
|4||Yr 1 Spring |
|Micro 020 ||General Microbiology |
(prerequisites: Chem 65 or 66; Chem 101 or 102; or Chem 211 or 212; or successful completion of 1 year of high school chemistry)
|4||Yr 1 Spring |
|Biotech 003 ||Biotechnology II |
(prerequisites: Biotech 002)
|4||Yr 2 Fall |
|Biotech 006 ||Biotechnology : Biotechnology: Quality Control (prerequisites: Biotech 003) ||2||Yr 2 Spring |
|Biotech 008 ||Biological Research Internship |
(prerequisites: Biotech 003; advisory: Math 227)
|2||Yr 2 Spring |
|Additional Semester Units of General Education||36|
|Total Degree Units||60|