Feb 04, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Biotechnology: AS

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Associate of Science | 60 credits minimum

Biotechnology Department
Jordan Campus, JHS
General Information, (801) 957-4073
Program Information, (801) 957-6450

Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor, JHS 050, (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.

The degree includes a full complement of general education and skills-based biotechnology courses. The program provides students with a broad foundation upon which to continue their studies in the sciences. The A.S. degree is primarily designed to transfer to Utah Valley University’s (UVU) baccalaureate program in Biotechnology. Students may choose to take upper division classes at UVU’s home campus in Orem, Utah, or they may choose to take upper division coursework as evening classes at the SLCC Jordan Campus. Students should note that other lower division coursework beyond what is listed in the A.S. degree will be required to complete the baccalaureate program in Biotechnology at UVU.

Transfer/Articulation Information: Students completing the A.S. in Biotechnology at SLCC may consider transfer to science degree programs other than Biotechnology. Students should be aware that the full complement of their General Education courses and many of their major course requirements will transfer to any four year institution in the Utah System of Higher Education. However, Biotechnology courses are only articulated with Utah Valley University at this time. Consult your academic advisor 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:

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 4 Credits

American Institutions (AI) Choose 3 Credits from One of the Following

Institutional Requirements:

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN or DEPTH) 3 Credits

Distribution Areas:

Complete the following Life Science (LS) distribution courses:

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas. One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3
Social Science (SS)   3

NOTE: Physical Science (PS)  general education component is satisfied through pre-major coursework.


BTEC 1025 (offered only as CEMD 0910 and 0920 through Continuing Education) may substitute for either BTEC 1010 or 2040.

BTEC 2035 (offered only as CEMD 0930 and 0940 through Continuing Education) may substitute for BTEC 2030.

Graduation Map

Advising Notes:

Students with an interest in the medical device manufacturing industry are advised to take courses CEMD 0910, 0920, 0930, and 0940.  These courses are only offered through Continuing Education (non-credit); however, upon request, they can articulate to courses BTEC 1025 (3 credits) and BTEC 2035(2 credits), allowing students to stack credentials toward an AS.

Upper division courses may be taken at the SLCC Jordan Campus with Utah Valley University at any time that the prerequisites for those courses have been satisfied. However, students should note that other lower division classes, beyond those listed in the Biotechnology AS degree, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree at Utah Valley University and can be taken at SLCC.

The following list indicates the additional courses required at the lower division level to earn a Bachelor’s of Science degree from UVU:

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