Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

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Biotechnology Degree tracks

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE 
Associate of Science (416.4)

Also see Biotechnology certificate program

This program is designed to meet the need for skilled workers in the biotechnology industry. It provides training for varying levels of technical skills (tissue culture, sterile technique, DNA/protein protocols) for those interested in laboratory employment, whether they are in the biotechnology industry, medical or academic research institution. Career paths include laboratory assistant/associate, manufacturing technician, and quality control technician.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Prepare lab reagents and conduct experiments with minimum sources of error using basic instruments and math skills.
  2. Explain the principles and practices of biotechnology.
  3. Work effectively in cooperative teams in a lab setting to design and complete experiments.
  4. Report the analysis of laboratory findings using both oral and written communication skills.
  5. Evaluate societal issues and implications of biotechnology.
  6. Prepare job search materials, including a lab notebook and resume.

Students must choose one of the following fields of study: (A) Transfer Track or (B) Career Track


(A) Transfer Track

Degree Requirement

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 66–67

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

First Semester

Course #              Course Name                      Credits

BIO-151

General Biology 1

4

BTC-100

Survey of Biotechnology

2

CIT-100
CIT-111
SET-105

Computer Fundamentals & Applications or
Introduction to Programming: Java  or         
Technical Computing

34

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

MAT-108

Intermediate Algebra

4

              

Total Credits

16–17

Second Semester

BIO-175

Microbiology

4

BTC-101

Biotechnology Lab 1

4

CHM-151

General Chemistry 1 

4

MAT-165

Probability & Statistics

4

               

Total Credits

16

Third Semester

BIO-207

Genetics

4

BIO-230

Research Methodology & Quality Assurance

3

BTC-103

Bioinformatics

3

CHM-152

General Chemistry 2

4

ENG-102
ENG-103

English Composition 2  or 
Technical Communications

3

              

Total Credits

17

Fourth Semester

BIO-216

Cell Biology

3

BTC-102

Bioethics Seminar

1

BTC-202

Biotechnology Lab 2

4

BTC-203

Cell Biology/Immunology Lab

1

BTC-204

Biotechnology Internship1

2

 Humanities Elective

3

 

Social Science Elective

3

              

Total Credits

17

1Internship may be started any time after taking Biotechnology Lab 1 (BTC-101) and consists of 120 hours in a lab.

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(B) Career Track

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 62–63

First Semester

Course #              Course Name                    

  Credits

BIO-151

General Biology 1

4

BTC-100

Survey of Biotechnology

2

CIT-100
CIT-111
SET-105

Computer Fundamentals & Applications or
Introduction to Programming: Java  or       
Technical Computing

34

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

MAT-108

Intermediate Algebra

4

                  

Total Credits

16–17

Second Semester

BIO-175

Microbiology

4

BTC-101

Biotechnology Lab 1

4

CHM-120
CHM-151

Bio-organic Chemistry or 
General Chemistry

4

MAT-165

Probability & Statistics

4

                 

Total Credits

16

Third Semester

BIO-207

Genetics

4

BIO-230

Research Methodology & Quality Assurance

3

BTC-103

Bioinformatics

3

ENG-102
ENG-103

English Composition 2 or
Technical Communications

3

 

Humanities Elective

3

                 

Total Credits

16

Fourth Semester

BIO-216

Cell Biology

3

BTC-102

Bioethics Seminar

1

BTC-202

Biotechnology Lab 2

4

BTC-203

Cell Biology/Immunology Lab

1

BTC-204

Biotechnology Internship1

2

                 

Social Science Elective

3

                 

Total Credits

14

1Internship may be started any time after taking Biotechnology Lab 1 (BTC-101) and consists of 120 hours in a lab.

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