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Biological Sciences Degrees + Certificates

Associate Degrees

Biology for Transfer | Biological Science | Biotechnology

Certificates of Achievement

Biotechnology Technician | Biotechnology Assistant | Pre-Allied Health

Associate in Science Transfer Degree 

Biology 35-36 Units

The Associate in Science in Biology for Transfer (AS-T) degree is designed to prepare a transfer pathway for students who plan to complete a baccalaureate degree in biology or similar major at a California State University (CSU). With the completion of the AS-T in Biology, students will possess foundational knowledge and skills that comprise the core content of the first two years of many baccalaureate programs in biology. The AS-T in Biology may be earned by completing a minimum of 60 units of degree credit coursework, including the major requirements and breadth requirements, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.  Students must complete all courses for the major with a grade of C or better. 

Required core courses (23 units)

4 units BIOSC-147 Cell and Molecular Biology

4 units BIOSC-145 Organismal Biology

5 units CHEM-120 General College Chemistry I

5 units CHEM-121 General College Chemistry II

5 units MATH-190 Analytic Geometry and Calculus

Plus 8 units from the following:

4 units PHYS-120 General College Physics I

and

4 units PHYS-121 General College Physics II

OR

4 units PHYS-130 General Physics I

and

4 units PHYS-230 General Physics II

Plus 4-5 units from the following:

5 units CHEM-226 Organic Chemistry I

4 units COMP-251 Fundamentals of Computer Science C++

4 units BIOSC-148 General Microbiology

4 units BIOSC-132 Human Anatomy

4 units    BIOSC-134   Human Physiology

Associate in Science Degree Biological Science 20-21 Units

An Associate in Science Degree may be earned by completing a minimum of 60 units of degree credit coursework, including the major requirements and breadth requirements, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students must complete all courses for the major with a grade of C or better.

Required core courses (7-8 units):

3 units PHYS-110 Descriptive Physics
and either
4 units CHEM-109 Introductory Organic and Biochemistry
or
4 units CHEM-119 Introductory Chemistry
or
5 units CHEM-120 General College Chemistry

Plus at least 13 units from the following:

4 units BIOSC-110 Introduction to Biological Science

4 units BIOSC-119 Microbiology

4 units BIOSC-132 Human Anatomy

4 units BIOSC-134 Human Physiology

4 units BIOSC-140 Principles of Biology I

4 units BIOSC-141 Principles of Biology II

4 units BIOSC-148 General Microbiology

4 units BIOSC-160 Nutrition

Associate in Science Degree Biotechnology 29.5-30 Units

The field of biotechnology (a field of applied biology that involves the use of living organisms and bioprocesses in engineering, technology, medicine, and other applications) touches nearly every aspect of each of our lives.

An Associate in Science Degree may be earned by completing a minimum of 60 units of degree credit coursework, including the major requirements and breadth requirements, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students must complete all courses for the major with a grade of C or better. The Biotechnology A.S. degree is appropriate for students wishing to obtain entry-level employment in the biotechnology industry while preparing to advance their career by transferring to a 4-year university.

Required core biotechnology courses: (19 units)

3 units BIOSC-172 Introduction to Biotechnology

2 units BIOSC-157 Foundations in Biotechnology

1 unit BIOSC-159 Foundations in Biotechnology Lab

4 units BIOSC-147 Cell and Molecular Biology

5 units CHEM-120 General College Chemistry

4 units ENGL-1A Composition and Reading

Plus 4 units from the following laboratory courses:

4 units BIOSC-148 General Microbiology

2 units BIOSC-182 GLP and GMP; Principles and Compliance

2 units BIOSC-183 Mammalian Cell Culture

2 units BIOSC-186 Protein Purification and Analysis

1 unit BIOSC-172L Introduction to Biotechnology Lab

Plus 3 units the following business and communication courses:

3 units SPCH-120 Public Speaking

3 units BUS-109 Introduction to Business

3 units BUS-125 Report Writing

3 units BUS-120 Introduction to Management

3 units BOT-248 Business Correspondence

Plus 3.5-4 units the following computer and data proficiency courses:

4 units MATH-164 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

4 units CIS-135 Introduction to Computers

3.5 units  BOT-224 Microsoft Excel for Business

3.5 units  BOT-226 Microsoft Access for Business

Certificate of Achievement Biotechnology Technician 16.5-17 Units

A certificate of achievement may be earned by completing all the courses required for this certificate with a grade of C or better. The Biotechnology Technician Certificate of Achievement provides classroom and hands-on laboratory training needed for entry-level employment in the areas of manufacturing, quality control, quality assurance, and research and development in the biotechnology industry.

Required core biotechnology courses: (6 units)

3 units BIOSC-172 Introduction to Biotechnology

2 units BIOSC-157 Foundations to Biotechnology

1 unit BIOSC-159 Foundations in Biotechnology Lab

Plus 4 units from the following advanced laboratory courses:

4 units BIOSC-147 Cell and Molecular Biology

4 units BIOSC-148 General Microbiology

2 units BIOSC-182 GLP and GMP; Principles and Compliance

2 units BIOSC-183 Mammalian Cell Culture

2 units BIOSC-186 Protein Purification and Analysis

Plus 3 units from the following business and communication courses:

3 units SPCH-120 Public Speaking

3 units BUS-109 Introduction to Business

3 units BUS-125 Report Writing

3 units BUS-120 Introduction to Management

3 units BOT-248 Business Correspondence

Plus 3.5-4 units from the following computer and
data proficiency courses:

4 units CIS-135 Introduction to Computers

4 units MATH-164 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

3.5 units BOT-226 Microsoft Access for Business

3.5 units BOT-224 Microsoft Excel for Business

Certificate of Achievement Biotechnology Assistant 11.5-13 Units

The Biotechnology Assistant Certificate of Achievement provides both entry-level workforce skills and a bridge into the rigorous biotechnology training programs at CCC and other programs in the region. Students will receive hands-on laboratory experience utilizing state of the art bio-manufacturing equipment. College-level reading, communication, math, and professional skills are required along with laboratory training for even the most basic of entry-level positions in the biotechnology industry. Students completing this certificate will be able to demonstrate their competence for entry-level employment. This certificate also prepares students for higher-level training and education, which can further increase employability in a field where advanced degrees are highly desirable. A certificate of achievement may be earned by completing all courses required for this program with a grade of C or better.

Required core courses: (12.5-14 Units)

1 unit BIOSC-172L Introduction to Biotechnology Lab

and either

1.5 units COUNS-103A  Personal Development for College Success

or

3 units COUNS-120 Managing College Success and Life Transitions

and either

5 units MATH-118 Elementary Algebra

or

5 units MATH-120 Intermediate Algebra

and either

4 units ENGL-142B Writing: Expository – B

or

4 units ENGL-001A Composition and Reading

Certificate of Achievement Pre-Allied Health 19-21 Units

The Pre-Allied Health Certificate of Achievement provides classroom and hands-on laboratory experience for students to master skills and knowledge in biological sciences needed before applying for many of the allied health fields. Students who achieve this certificate will have completed the basic prerequisite courses required to apply for transfer programs including but not limited to nursing, physician’s assistant, radiography, sonography, nuclear medicine, dental hygiene, pharmacy, clinical laboratory assistance, occupational therapy, veterinary technology, and other related fields. A certificate of achievement may be earned by completing all courses required for this program with a grade of C or better.

Required core courses: (12 Units)

4 units BIOSC-132 Human Anatomy

4 units BIOSC-134 Human Physiology

4 units ENGL-001A Composition and Reading

Plus, one course from the following:

4 units BIOSC-110 Introduction to Biology

4 units CHEM-119 Introductory Chemistry

5 units CHEM-120 General College Chemistry I

Plus, one course from the following:

4 units BIOSC-119 Microbiology

4 units BIOSC-148 General Microbiology

4 units BIOSC-140 Principles of Biological Science I

4 units BIOSC-141 Principles of Biological Science II

3 units BIOSC-160 Nutrition

3 units BIOSC-172 Introduction of Biotechnology