Biotechnology Associate in Science

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Biotechnology is a subject area that has enormous implications for the future of the 21st century. It already has a significant impact on our lives, and will continue to revolutionize the ways in which we diagnose and treat disease, lengthen the life span, feed the planet, and remediate the environment. Our nationally recognized Biotechnology program prepares students with the skills and knowledge needed to enter the biotechnology industry or to proceed to further education a four-year college or university. Current graduates may be found in a variety of biotechnology companies, working as Lab Technicians, Manufacturing Associates, Quality Control and Quality Assurance Technicians, and as Validation Consultants.
 

Requirements

Health and Internship Considerations
The Biotechnology program offers an optional externship. Participation in this externship requires the student to follow the college’s immunization policy. Depending upon the site, the student may be required to possess and maintain professional liability insurance. For unpaid externships, the student must possess and maintain accident insurance.
 

Technical Standards
Students enrolling in degree and certificate programs, and/or enrolling in individual courses within the Biotechnology Program, in addition to meeting the specific pre-requisite requirements for each course, must meet the following general, technical standards:

  • Students must be able to comprehend the English language, both oral and written.
  • Students must have sufficient manual dexterity to produce legible written documents in a timely manner. Appropriate assistive technology may be used, as needed.
  • Students must be able to sit or stand at a desk and laboratory bench, and must possess the necessary focus to stay on task for extended periods of time.
  • Students must be able to comprehend and follow instructions in the classroom and laboratory in a timely manner.
  • Students must possess the necessary manual dexterity to carry out assigned laboratory tasks.
  • Students must be able to perform required classroom and laboratory operations, including mathematical operations, without reference to notes, as directed.

Transfer Credit Policy
In addition to Great Bay transfer credit policies, transfer of courses in Biotechnology more than ten years old will be evaluated by the department chair on an individual basis.

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
BTEC105 Introduction to Biotechnology 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
BIOL108 General Biology I 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
MATH150 College Algebra 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
ENGL110 College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
CIS110 Introduction to Computers 2 2 3
Classroom 2, Lab 2, Total 3
* Students may substitute a higher level math course
 
**Students may substitute a higher level CIS course or DMT 115, 135 or 142.
 
Total Credits 19

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
BTEC205 Bioethics 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
* PHIL 240 Ethics may be substituted for BTEC205 Bioethics
 
BIOL109 General Biology II 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
CHEM115 General Chemistry I 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
BIOL220 Principles of Genetics 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
** A technical elective may be substituted for BIOL220 Principles of Genetics
 
Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 18

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
BTEC210 Biotechnology Research 2 6 4
Classroom 2, Lab 6, Total 4
CHEM116 General Chemistry II 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
BIOL210 Microbiology 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
ENGL215 Writing Technical Documents 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 15

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
BTEC220 Biomanufacturing 2 6 4
Classroom 2, Lab 6, Total 4
CHEM205 Biochemistry 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
*CHEM200 Organic Chemistry may be substituted for CHEM205 Biochemistry
 
MATH225 Probability and Statistics 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 15

Total Overall Credits : 67

Additional Information

Note: Technical Electives for the A.S. degree in Biotechnology are defined as any BIOL, BTEC, MATH, PHYS, PHOT, CHEM, IST, CIS or BUS courses not already part of the A.S. Degree in Biotechnology.

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