Biotechnology Program/Biotechnology Program with Forensic Science Track, Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science Program in Biotechnology 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 non-traditional 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. In addition, graduates of this program are well prepared to continue their education in a biology related field immediately after graduation, or later in their careers. The option in Forensic Science will prepare the student to transfer to a four-year degree program in Forensic Science. This program will provide the graduate with the majority or all the required courses for the first two years of a four-year degree program in Forensic Science. The emphasis of this program is in the science of forensics,emphasizing biology, chemistry and mathematics. In addition, selected coursework in Criminal Justice will provide the necessary introduction to criminal justice procedures.

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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. Write clear precise technical reports that document and analyses their work in a laboratory setting as well as to be able to keep a proper notebook as required in a research setting.
  4. Demonstrate the basics of Good Laboratory Practices (GLP).
  5. Describe the culture found within the scientific community and what is expected of persons employed in a research laboratory.
  6. Know the basic principle of genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology.
  7. Employ sterile technique in the handling of microbial cultures with knowledge of what is safe and what is hazardous.
  8. Understand and have skills in making solutions used in the laboratory as well as how to make accurate measurements using precision instruments such as balances and micropipettors.
  9. 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.
  10. Use computers to generate written reports, analyze data, collect information from databases, and access the Internet.
  11. Have an appreciation for the ethical issues that are relevant to the newly emerging field of biotechnology.


Graduation Checklist

Biotechnology/Forensic Science – 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.

Biotechnology by Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum 50 Credits
ENG*101 Composition 3
MAT*168 Elementary Statistics and Probability 4
MAT*186 Pre-calculus 4
CSC*101 Introduction to Computers 3
Humanities Elective

ENG*202 Technical Writing or

COM*173 Public Speaking

Fine Arts Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Open Elective 3
CHE*121 General Chemistry I 4
CHE*122 General Chemistry II 4
CHE*112 Principles of Organic & Biochemistry 4
CHE*250 Chemical Instrumentation 4
BIO*121 General Biology I 4
BIO*263 Molecular Genetics 4


Biotechnology Track
BIO*235 Microbiology 4
BIO*296 Biotechnology Internship 3
CSA*140 Database Applications 3
PHL*111 Ethics 3
Total Credits:
Forensic Science Track
PHY*110 Introductory Physics 4
CJS*101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
CJS*225 Forensics 3
CJS*255 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership 3
Total Credits:


Biotechnology Program/Biotechnology Program with Forensic Science Track (sequence by semester)

Full-time students should follow the four-semester sequence listed below in order to graduate from this program in two years.

First Semester 17 Credits
* ENG*101 L Composition 3
* CHE*121 L General Chemistry I 4
* BIO*121 General Biology I 4
CSC*101 Intro to Computers (or higher) 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
Second Semester 15 Credits
* MAT*168 Elementary Statistics and Probability I 4
* CHE*122 L General Chemistry II 4
* BIO*235 General Microbiology 4
*Humanities Elective (Chose one of the following) : ENG*202 or COM*173 3
Third Semester 15 Credits
* BIO*263 Molecular Genetics 4
CSA*140 Database Applications 3
* CHE*250 L Topics in Chemical Instrumentation 4
* MAT*186 Pre-Calculus 4
Fourth Semester 16 Credits
* CHE*112 Principles of Organic & Biochemistry 4
PHL*111 Ethics 3
BIO*296 Biotechnology Internship 3
Open Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Total Credits:

*This course has a prerequisite. ++ Those students interested in transferring to the Forensic Science program at the University Of New Haven should contact the program coordinator for articulation agreement information. The following courses are recommended for those students planning to transfer to the Forensic Science Program at UNH: Fine Arts elective(choose one): MUS*101, MUS*104, MUS*111, ART*101, ART*102, ART*103 Humanities Elective: COM*173 Open Elective (choose one): ENG*102, MAT*254