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Biotechnology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Requirements for Admission      
  • Completion of the Biotechnology program application.
  • Graduation from an accredited high school or acceptable scores on the General Education Development (GED) test.  Foreign and domestic high school education or domestic GED must be validated by official transcripts.
  • Validation of previous college or biotechnology education by official transcripts.
  • Average or above-average high school standing with one year of biology.
  • Algebra, chemistry and biology courses taken in another country must be repeated in this country.
  • Acceptable scores on the American College Test (ACT).
  • Acceptable scores on the standardized reading test administered by Truman College.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in speaking and reading English.
Each student must achieve a minimum grade of C for all courses required to complete the degree. An overall grade point average of 2.0 or better must be maintained.       
        
It is strongly recommended that students take Chemistry 207-Organic Chemistry II and Biology 210-Survey of Biotechnology to be competitive in the Biotechnology industry. Since Biotechnology is highly diverse, it is important that students select courses specific to the industry in which they want to work. They should meet with a college advisor from the Department of Biology/Biotechnology or the department chair.       
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Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Career Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

Credits

Program/Plan Number

215

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Courses

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Prerequisites

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Program General Requirements

18 CH
Biology
BIOLOGY 121
Biology I 5
Cellular and Molecular Biology. Introduction to biochemistry, molecular genetics, cell structure, function and processes. Laboratory required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Mathematics
MATH 125-1
Introductory Statistics 4
Basic descriptive statistics including frequency distributions, mode, mean and standard deviation. Permutations, combinations, probability rules and Bayes Theorem. Binomial and normal distributions. Basic inferential statistics including sampling theory, confidence intervals for means and proportions, test of hypotheses. Chi-square distribution. Introduction to correlation and regression. Includes at least one hour per week using computers in statistical application. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Math 99; or COMPASS PRE-ALGEBRA (17-99), ALGEBRA (43-99), and College ALGEBRA (1-50); or ACT Math (min. 21); or SAT Math 500+ if before 3/1/16 (530+ if after 3/1/16); or ALGEBRA Placement Test Waiver, or Consent of Dept.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright


​General Education course............................................................................................................................3
Human Diversity course...............................................................................................................................3

Students should refer to the General Education Requirements for AAS degrees and speak to an advisor. The A.A.S. model includes the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement.

Program Core Requirements

43 CH

 
Biology
BIOLOGY 122
Biology II 5
Continuation of Biology 121. Organismal biology, ecology, and evolution. An introduction to structure and function of major groups of microorganisms, fungi, animals, and plants. Emphasis on evolutionary relationships and ecological principles. Laboratory required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Biology majors intending on transferring to a four-year institution must complete both Biology 121 and 122 with a grade of C or better.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 209
Biochemistry 4
Biochemistry is designed to give the student in life sciences, allied health fields, and biotechnology a basic understanding of the biological processes at the molecular, cellular and organismic level. An emphasis is placed on the use of laboratory tools and equipment in order to familiarize the student with current biochemical techniques. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121, Chemistry 205, and Chemistry 207, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Malcolm X
BIOLOGY 250
Intro To Molecular Biology 3
The first course in a three-part series in the biotechnology program/plan 215. This course stresses an introduction to current concepts and progress in modern molecular biology with emphasis on DNA science and genetic engineering as it applies to molecular, cellular and organismic biology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than an accumulated six credit hours will be counted toward graduation.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King
BIOLOGY 251
Molecular Biology I 4
The second course in a three-part series in the biotechnology program/plan 215. The course stresses the theory and practice of separation techniques and safety procedures that would be employed in the purification and assay of such biomolecules as nucleic acids, proteins and other related substances and the relationship of these molecules to living organisms. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 250, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman
BIOLOGY 252
Molecular Biology II 4
The third course in a three part series, stresses the theory and practice of current techniques used in DNA science, protein isolation, immunology and introduces selected biotechnology protocols. An emphasis is placed on the use of laboratory tools and equipment in order to familiarize the student with current biochemical techniques. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 251, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harry S Truman
Chemistry
CHEM 201
General Chemistry I 5
Topics include the periodic table of the elements, atomic structure, basic concepts of quantum theory, bonding, stoichiometry of compounds and reactions, thermo-chemistry, the gaseous state, basic concepts of the liquid and solid states, solutions, acids, and bases. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for Mathematics 140 or higher and Grade of C or better in Chemistry 121 or one year of high school chemistry, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
CHEM 205-1
Organic Chemistry I 6
Fundamentals of organic chemistry, orbital and structural theory, aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, structural isomerism, introduction to functional groups, nomenclature, stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, resonance theory, and spectroscopy. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Chemistry 203 OR Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Mathematics
MATH 140
College Algebra 4
Algebra of real and complex numbers, functions, algebraic and graphical solutions of linear, quadratic and systems of equations. Logarithmic and exponential functions. Additional topics from determinants, sequences, series, the Binomial Theorem, Mathematical Induction, and elements of the Theory of Equations. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Completion of Math 99 with a C or better, or ALEKS 46+, or COMPASS ALGEBRA 43+ AND College ALGEBRA 1-50, or ACT Math 21+, or SAT Math 500+ if before 3/1/16 (530+ if after 3/1/16), or Consent of department.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Microbiology
MCROBIO 233
General Microbiology 4
Morphology, physiology, classification and culture of bacteria and related organisms. The role of bacteria related to human welfare and to plants and animals. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than an accumulated eight credit hours will be counted towards graduation.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
MCROBIO 234
Applied Microbiology 4
A sequence course to a second semester fundamentals course in microbiology. This course is designed for students majoring in biotechnology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Microbiology 233.
Offered at: Harry S Truman

Additional Requirements

  CH

Program Elective Requirements

6 CH
Students must select a minimum of 6 credit hours from the following courses:
Biology
BIOLOGY 107
Nutrition-Consumer Education 3
Science of food as it relates to health, including food composition and utilization, food preparation and preservation, nutrition, special diets, fad foods, and foods of the future; social and political aspects of food in the world's future. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley
BIOLOGY 210
Survey Of Biotechnology 3
This course will serve to introduce students to modern biotechnology which is based on recent developments in molecular biology, especially those in genetic engineering and bioengineering. Students will explore the diversity of the field focusing on such areas as medicine, biohazard, bioremediation, biocatalysis, biosafety, agriculture, forensics, quality control and assurance, testing, regulation, law and policy, intellectual property, proteomics, pharmacogenomics, nutrition, and product development. This course will incorporate speakers that are representative of specific areas in biotechnology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in BIOLOGY 121 and CHEM 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington
Chemistry
CHEM 204-1
Quantitative Analysis 5
Gravimetric, volumetric, and calorimetric procedures; basic techniques of quantitative measurement applied to the determination of percentage composition, equilibrium constants and the reliability of data. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Chemistry 203
Offered at: Richard J. Daley
CHEM 207-1
Organic Chemistry II 6
Continuation of study of organic chemistry: alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids, functional derivatives of carboxylic acids, O, N and S containing compounds, heterocyclic compounds, spectroscopy; laboratory emphasis on organic synthesis and spectroscopic analysis. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Chemistry 205, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
CHEM 217
Intro Instrumental Analysis 4
Use of modern optical and electrical methods in chemical analysis: filter photometers; visible, ultraviolet and infrared spectrophotometer; gas chromatographs, radioactive counters, and pH meters; potentiometers; refractometers; polarimeters; and polarographs. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in (Chemistry 201 AND 205), OR Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harry S Truman
Computer Information Systems
CIS 116
Operating System I 3
An overview including a theoretical and practical framework for the study of controlling software in the microcomputer environment using prevailing cooperating systems. The concepts of interrupt handling, scheduling and query techniques, and access and storage methods will be clarified through readings and discussions. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. No more than 3 credit hours will count towards the CICT requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to 6 will be counted towards elective and requires Consent of Department Chairperson.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

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