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2013-2014 Course Catalog 
2013-2014 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biotechnology, AS

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The Biotechnology Associate in Science degree is designed for students who plan to work in industry after completing the Biotechnology program. The AS degree is structured to prepare students to work as Biotechnology technicians in this rapidly expanding field that spans many different disciplines including agriculture, environmental products, medical diagnostic tests and treatments, industrial products and criminal investigation. Technicians may work in the areas of laboratory research, product development, quality control, manufacturing and testing. Specific career opportunities could require skills related to genetic engineering of plants or microorganisms, gene therapy to correct human health problems, DNA fingerprinting, vaccine development, or production of food, drugs and other consumer products. Students participate in internships in cooperation with potential employers. Graduates can look forward to a career with competitive pay and benefits in a field that continues to expect job growth into the future. With the hands-on experience provided during the program, you can advance within industry and can easily continue your education at any time.

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Location: Ankeny

Selected courses in this program are offered at other campuses.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.
  4. Must submit proof of one year of high school chemistry or Academic Achievement Chemistry I & II or successful completion of CHM 122 .
  5. Must submit proof of two years of high school algebra or MAT 063  & MAT 073 .
  6. Demonstrate satisfactory writing skills on college entrance or assessment exam.

Students start Fall or Spring semester.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Biotechnology AA or AS degree, a student must be accepted into the Biotechnology program, complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Requirements for the AS Degree

Semester 1

Required Course(s)

Option 2 - Select 3 Credits

Option 3 - Select 3 Credits

Semester 2

Required Course(s)

Option 3 - Select 3 Credits

Option 4 - Select 4 Credits


Students who plan to transfer to a four-year school should take CHM 165  and CHM 175  in place of CHM 122  & CHM 132 .

Semester 3

Semester 4

Required Course(s)

Option 5 - Select 4 Credits


*Students who plan to transfer to a four-year school should take CHM 165  and CHM 175  in place of CHM 122  & CHM 132 .

Semester 5

Option 7 - Select 3 Credits


To complete this program, you must meet the Diversity Requirement with a grade of “C” or higher. See the AA /AS  section of this catalog for more information about which courses can count toward this requirement.

Total Credits Required to Complete this AS Degree - 64

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