Feb 07, 2023  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 
  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog

Biotechnology: AS


Associate of Science | 61 credits minimum

Program Website
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Program Description
The SLCC Biotechnology AS Program prepares students for employment in Utah’s growing biotech industry, while also preparing them for transfer to higher education. Most SLCC Biotech students get an industry job well before or soon after they earn their AS, and most biotech employers offer tuition reimbursement as a benefit. Utah Valley University (UVU) accepts the SLCC Biotech AS as transfer credit, and sends biotech faculty to SLCC’s Jordan campus to teach evening sections of the required UVU BS courses.

This means that program graduates may be able to earn a UVU bachelor’s degree with their employer’s support, without having to commute to Orem.Biotechnology courses are offered for credit, in a competency-based education (CBE) format. Classes are not scheduled in the traditional way; instead, students work online and attend the open learning lab as their schedules permit. Students work at their own pace, and have the opportunity to accelerate completion. Students must achieve a B or better in all aspects of biotechnology courses in order to move on to the next course.

Career Opportunities
Biotechnology is a growing industry in Utah, and employers offer good pay, benefits, and opportunities for advancement. According to jobs.utah.gov (October 2017), the median salary for Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians in the Salt Lake metro area is $55,720.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Utah Valley University (UVU) accepts the SLCC Biotech AS as transfer credit, and sends their faculty to SLCC’s Jordan campus to teach evening sections of the required UVU BS courses. This means that program graduates may be able to earn a UVU bachelor’s degree with their employer’s support, without having to commute to Orem. Students are encouraged to meet with the UVU Biotechnology program advisor to plan their own educational path.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Supplies: $10

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

General Education Requirements


Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.

  

Program General Education Notes


REQUIRED:

Quantitative Literacy (QL): MATH 1050

Life Sciences (LS): requirement met through pre-major coursework.

Physical Science (PS): requirement met through pre-major coursework.

Program Requirements


Time to Completion & Graduation Map


  • Biotechnology AS: Full-time  
  • Time to completion is 4-5 semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.

Program Learning Outcomes


Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Develop a general understanding of the biotechnology field, including applications of biotechnology and the role of regulations and quality in the biotechnology industry. [1,7]
  • Develop technical and analytical skills that are applicable in the field of biotechnology. [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
  • Develop a solid foundation of knowledge on which to further their education in the sciences. [1,3,4,7,8]
  • Develop critical thinking skills used in applying the scientific method to problems. [1,4,7]
  • Develop essential communication skills necessary in working with complex information and concepts. [1,2,7]