Associate in Science Degree

The Biotechnology degree program is designed for students who wish to enter the field of scientific research or who wish to transfer to a four-year program in biology, chemistry or a related field. The program will provide students with skills and knowledge necessary to work in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or basic research fields. This program will also provide the majority of the freshman and sophomore level coursework required of biology majors at most four-year institutions. Students may be either full-time or part-time. This program is appropriate for the traditional or nontraditional student. Graduates of the program will able to find employment in a variety of research settings, including the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, private and university research laboratories and State run labs. Graduates are well prepared to continue their education in a biology related field immediately after graduation, or later in their careers.  Learn more about this program >

Program Coordinator

Dr. Frank Stellabotte
Interim Assistant Professor, Biotechnology
Phone: 860-343-5474
Office Location: Wheaton 209

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Conduct themselves as lab technicians in a biotechnology laboratory with the basic skills and knowledge required to function effectively in a research setting.
  2. Demonstrate proficiencies in both basic and advanced principles of chemistry and biology that are required by a person working as a lab technician or planning to enter into a four-year college science program.
  3. Explain the basic principles of genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology.
  4. Employ sterile technique in the handling of microbial cultures with knowledge of what is safe and what is hazardous.
  5. Prepare solutions and perform accurate measurements using precision instruments such as balances and micropipettors.
  6. Demonstrate skills in the use of recombinant DNA techniques, PCR, DNA sequence analysis, HPLC, gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, UV/VIS spectroscopy, as well as the use of the computer to collect and analyze experimental data.
  7. Recognize the ethical issues that are relevant to the field of biotechnology.

Graduation Checklist

Biotechnology – Graduation Checklist

A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester.  The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.

Degree Requirements

Biotechnology – Associate Degree
Career-Oriented Program
(2017-18 Catalog)

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First Semester (Fall) - 13 creditscreditsPrerequisite?
ENG*101, Composition (or ENG*101E or ENG*101-ALP)Gen Ed:
Written Communication
CSC*101, Introduction to Computers
Program Requirement3No
CHE*121, General Chemistry IProgram Requirement4Yes
BIO*109, Principles of BiotechnologyGen Ed Requirement: Two courses chosen from any of these competencies: Aesthetic Dimensions, Historical Knowledge, Oral Communication, Social Phenomena, and/or Written Communication3Eligible for ENG*101
Second Semester (Spring) - 15 creditscreditsprerequisite?
BIO*121, General Biology IGen Ed:
Scientific Knowledge & Understanding
4Eligible for ENG*101 and eligible for MAT*137 or higher
CHE*122, General Chemistry IIProgram Requirement4CHE*121 with a grade of “C-” or better.
BIO*222, Molecular BiotechniquesProgram Requirement4CHE*112 or higher and either BIO*121 or BIO*235, OR permission of the instructor.
MAT*167, Elementary StatisticsGen Ed:
Quantitative Reasoning
Third Semester (Fall) - 15 creditscreditsprerequisite?
MAT*173, College Algebra
Program Requirement4Yes
BIO*235, MicrobiologyProgram Requirement4Yes
BIO*263, Molecular GeneticsProgram Requirement4Yes
COM*173, Public Speaking
ENG*202, Technical Writing
Gen Ed Requirement: Two courses chosen from any of these competencies: Aesthetic Dimensions, Historical Knowledge, Oral Communication, Social Phenomena, and/or Written Communication3Yes
Fourth Semester (Spring) - 17 creditscreditsprerequisite?
Gen Ed Requirement:
Aesthetic Dimensions Elective
3see course description
Gen Ed Requirement:
Social Phenomena Elective
3see course description
BIO*296, Biotechnology InternshipProgram
CHE*220, BiochemistryProgram
4BIO*121 and CHE*122 with a “C” or better in both
CHE*250, Instrumental AnalysisProgram
4CHE*121 with a grade of “C-” or better, OR permission of the instructor
TOTAL60 Credits

This page was updated 7/14/17