Biotechnology, AS

The greater Kansas City area and specifically Johnson County have numerous biological-, pharmaceutical- and chemical-related formulating, manufacturing, research and testing companies. Many of these facilities employ scientific technicians to support the endeavors of their professional scientists and engineers.

JCCC’s science technology program is designed to develop scientific support personnel for the metropolitan area.

This program offers specific knowledge and training designed to provide you with entry-level skills for employment as a technician. It also provides the breadth of background sufficient to encourage change and flexibility.

The biotechnology associate of science degree program will prepare students who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree in the biological sciences. Upon completion of this 63-65-hour degree, students will be able to find entry-level or higher positions in the diverse field of biotechnology. Along with basic and more advanced science courses, students will take specialized courses in subjects such as laboratory safety and biotechnology methods.

Important: Students graduating with an associate of science degree must complete an approved cultural diversity course. Some of the approved courses are able to meet both the cultural diversity requirement and a general education requirement. A list of approved cultural diversity courses can be found in the list of AS general education electives.

(Major Code 2130; State CIP Code 41.0101)

Associate of Science Degree

First Semester

MATH 181Statistics*3
BIOL 135Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology4
CHEM 124General Chemistry I Lecture*4
CHEM 125General Chemistry I Lab*1
Students who withdraw from GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LECTURE must also withdraw from the corresponding laboratory GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
Students may not withdraw from the laboratory course GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY without withdrawing from CHEMISTRY I LECTURE.
ENGL 121Composition I*3
Total Hours15

Second Semester

BIOT 160Introduction to Biotechnology*2
BIOT 165Laboratory Safety*1
CHEM 131General Chemistry II Lecture*4
CHEM 132General Chemistry II Lab*1
Students who withdraw from GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LECTURE must also withdraw from the corresponding laboratory GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY.
Students may not withdraw from the laboratory course GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY without withdrawing from CHEMISTRY II LECTURE.
ENGL 123Technical Writing I*3
Humanities Elective ^3
Social Science/Economics Elective ^3
Total Hours17
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Third Semester

BIOT 230Microbiology for Biotechnology*5
SPD 121Public Speaking3
BIOL 205General Genetics*4-5
or BIOL 150 Biology of Organisms*
Humanities Elective ^3
Total Hours15-16
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Fourth Semester

BIOT 260Biotechnology Methods*5
PHYS 130College Physics I*5
BIOL 124Oceanus: Essentials of Oceanography3-4
or BIOL 134 Principles of Sustainability
or BIOL 155 Bioethics*
or BIOT 265 Biotechnology Internship*
Social Science/Economic Elective3
Total Hours16-17
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Total Program Hours: 63-65