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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.

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Course listing for the 2023-2024 catalog year.

BA 216AData Analytics with Excel and Tableau 14
or CIS 121 Information Systems and Programming
BI 112Cell Biology for Health Occupations *, 25
or BI 211 Principles of Biology I
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
CH 151Preparatory Chemistry *, 25
or CH 221 General Chemistry I
WR 121Composition I (WR121=WR121Z) 2,Z4
Basic Science Electives 19
Bioscience Degree Electives 339
General Education: 2 courses 1
Total Credits91

 Could be used as General Education.


General Education courses & additional foundation coursework can be completed before or during enrollment in BIT courses.


Prerequisite coursework (required before enrollment in BIT 105 or higher).


Bioscience Degree Elective coursework requires a minimum of 20 credits in courses with a BIT prefix.


This course is part of Oregon Common Course Numbering. WR 121 and WR 121Z  are equivalent.

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