Biotechnology, AAS

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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 applied science degree program will prepare students to work in biotechnology laboratories associated with universities, medical centers, private research institutions, and a variety of industrial applications. Upon completion of this 64 hour degree, students will be able to find entry-level or higher positions in diverse fields of biotechnology. Along with basic and more advanced science courses, students will take specialized courses such as laboratory safety and biotechnology methods.

(Major Code 2110; State CIP Code 41.0101)

Associate of Applied Science Degree

First Semester

ENGL 121Composition I*3
MATH 130Technical Mathematics I* ( or higher)3
BIOL 135Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology4
CHEM 122Principles of Chemistry*5
Total Hours15

Second Semester

BIOT 160Introduction to Biotechnology*2
BIOT 165Laboratory Safety*1
BIOL 144Human Anatomy and Physiology*5
PHYS 133Applied Physics*5
ENGL 123Technical Writing I*3
Total Hours16

Third Semester

BIOT 230Microbiology for Biotechnology*5
BIOL 145Human Anatomy and Physiology Dissection*1
BIOL 205General Genetics*4
CHEM 140Principles of Organic Biological Chemistry*5
Social Science/Economics Elective ^3
Total Hours18

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Fourth Semester

BIOT 260Biotechnology Methods*5
CIS 124Introduction to Computer Concepts and Applications3
BIOT 265Biotechnology Internship*4
Humanities Elective ^3
Total Hours15

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Total Program Hours: 64