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Bioscience Technology, associate degree

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To earn the AAS degree you will first complete a set of basic science courses in biology and chemistry before enrolling in the Bioscience Technology program. Once admitted, you complete a core of technical courses and learn:

  • Solution preparation
  • Manipulation of DNA and proteins
  • Biochemical assays and other analytical procedures
  • Preparative purification procedures
  • Cell culture

You have flexibility in choosing course electives from among these options to develop your advanced technical skillset or pursue additional theory and training in crossover areas such as microelectronics and technical writing.

Award information

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Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Associate Degree: Bioscience Technology2 yearsLimited entry, see how
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Course listing for the 2020-2021 catalog year.

BI 112Cell Biology for Health Occupations *5
or BI 211 Principles of Biology
BIT 102Current Topics in Bioscience Technology2
BIT 105Safety in the Bioscience Workplace2
BIT 107Bioscience Lab Math2
BIT 109Basic Laboratory Techniques and Instruments5
BIT 125Quality Systems in Bioscience Technology2
BIT 126Applied Quality Practice3
BIT 181Exploring Bioscience3
CAS 170Beginning Excel3
CH 151Preparatory Chemistry *5
or CH 221 General Chemistry I
WR 121College Composition4
Basic Science Electives9
Bioscience Degree Electives39
General Education: 2 courses
Total Credits90

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