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Biotechnology Certificate

ALLEGHENY, BOYCE  
Certificate (417.3)

Also see Biotechnology degree program with Transfer and Career Tracks.

This program is designed for students who already have a baccalaureate degree in the sciences and want to expand their background in biotechnology. The curriculum is designed to include background courses in biology and chemistry, with special emphasis on molecular biology and the specific techniques for the biotechnology industry. Career paths include lab technician or a research technician.

Upon successful completion of this program, the graduate will:

  1. Prepare lab reagents to conduct experiments with minimum sources of error using basic instruments and mathematics skills.
  2. Work effectively in cooperative teams in a lab setting to design and complete experiments.
  3. Report the analysis of laboratory findings using both oral and written communications.

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

Certificate Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 25

First Semester

Course #          Course Name                Credits 

BIO-207

Genetics

4

BTC-101

Biotechnology Lab 1

4

MAT-165

Probability & Statistics

4

             

Total Credits

12

Second Semester

BIO-230Research Methodology & Quality Assurance  

3

BTC-102

Bioethics Seminar

1

BTC-103

Bioinformatics           

3

BTC-202

Biotechnology Lab 2

4

BTC-204

Biotechnology Internship1

2

 

Total Credits

13

1Internship consists of 120 hours in a lab.


Prospective students must demonstrate a proficiency in the following courses:

BIO-151            

General Biology 1      

4

BIO-175

Microbiology

4

BIO-216

Cell Biology  

3

CHM-151   

General Chemistry 1   

4

CHM-152          

General Chemistry 2                          

               4

 

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