Mar 04, 2021  
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog 

Biotechnology: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 62 credits minimum

Biotechnology Department
Jordan Campus,
Program Information (801) 957-6450
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor JHS 047, (801) 957-6215

Program Faculty
Associate Professor: Charles Rettberg
Assistant Professor: Jean Bower

Program Description
The Biotechnology course of study provides students with training that prepares them for entry- to mid- level positions in research oriented environments. The program’s curriculum is driven and supported by the local Biotechnology industry, and focuses on using innovative practical activities to deliver the hands-on experience students require for the effective mastery of concepts and skills. Classes are taught by faculty with extensive experience in research settings. Students may choose one of two degree paths depending on individual goals and expectations.

This degree requires students to acquire comprehensive skills and knowledge relative to a wide range of biotechnology activities. Students completing the A.A.S. degree will be well positioned for entry to mid-level employment in a life science laboratory. Many of the courses obtained through the AAS degree can be transferred to Utah Valley University’s baccalaureate degree in Biotechnology should students wish to continue their studies at a higher level. See the advising notes below for more information.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested sample schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Substantive Knowledge
2 - Communicate Effectively
3 - Develop Quantitative Literacies
4 - Think Critically
5 - Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally
1. Students will develop a general understanding of the Biotechnology field that includes:
  • The history of biotechnology
  • Applications of biotechnology
  • Biotechnology careers
  • Case studies of biotechnology products and innovations
2. Students will develop technological and analytical skills that are applicable in the field of Biotechnology. 1,2,3,4,5
3. Students will develop a solid foundation of knowledge on which to further their education in the sciences. 1,4,5
4. Students will develop critical thinking skills used in applying the scientific method to problems. 1,4,5
5. Students will develop essential communication skills necessary in working with complex information and concepts. 1,2,5

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Quantitative Studies (QS) 4 Credits

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

  • Any approved CM course

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

  • Any approved HR course

Distribution Areas: (3-4 Credits)

Choose an additional three to four credits from one of the following distribution areas.

Life Sciences (LS)  3-4
Fine Arts (FA)  3-4
Humanities (HU)  3
Interdisciplinary (ID)  3
Physical Science (PS)  3
Social Science (SS)  3

Sample Schedule

Advising Notes:

Students considering the possibility of transferring to a Bachelor’s degree program at a future date should strongly consider the following course options:

  • CHEM 1210 /CHEM 1215  in place of CHEM 1110 /CHEM 1115  since this course will transfer
  • COMM 1010  or COMM 1020  for the Communications elective since either class will satisfy the Student Choice elective as an Intensive course
  • LE 1220  for the Human Relations elective since this class will also satisfy the Social Science Distribution requirement of General Education electives

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