Courses that are part of the Biological Technology - Stem Cell Culture curriculum are designed to prepare students to work in the biotechnology industry by providing training in basic and advanced laboratory procedures as well as specialized training in stem cell culture techniques. This is an interdisciplinary program including courses and practical training in math, chemistry, and biology. Emphasis is placed on program participants developing the necessary employability skills and competency for working in a laboratory environment, specifically in biomedical and academic laboratories performing research in the field of stem cell biology and regenerative medicine.
The program offers classroom instruction in a working laboratory setting and cell culture facility and assistance in finding appropriate on-site internships providing practical work-based experience in the biotechnology industry. Students must be able to provide their own transportation in the final semester(s) to an internship site. Employment opportunities include: biomedical industry, academic research institutions, pharmaceuticals companies, and genetic engineering laboratories.
An A.S. degree is awarded upon completing the requirements to earn a Certificate of Achievement in Biological Technology - Stem Cell Culture as well the required GE units. A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.
- Evaluate and write laboratory documents including SOPs, protocols, notebook documentation, and reviews of scientific research literature.
- Use, maintain, calibrate and/or validate standard laboratory equipment to perform stem cell culture and manipulation techniques.
- Be prepared for entry level technician positions in laboratories performing stem cell research in the biological technology industry and in research institutes.
Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement
|BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - BASIC TECHNIQUES
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL ANALYSIS I
|STATISTICS FOR BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
|or STAT 050
|or STAT 050H
|HONORS ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
|READING AND COMPOSITION
|or ENGL 001AH
|HONORS READING AND COMPOSITION
|BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - ADVANCED TECHNIQUES
|BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - CELL CULTURE TECHNIQUES
|CELLULAR BIOLOGY, GENETICS AND EVOLUTION
|SCIENTIFIC METHOD AS CRITICAL THINKING
|CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
|or BIOL 039
|MODERN HUMAN GENETICS
|or BIOL 010C
|or MICR 002
|or BIOL 104B
|MICROBIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS USED IN BIOTECHNOLOGY
|APPLICATIONS OF FLUORESCENCE MICROSCOPY
|SPECIALIZED TECHNIQUES AND INSTRUMENTATION IN BIOTECHNOLOGY
|BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY - LABORATORY INTERNSHIP
General Education Requirements for the Associate in Science Degree
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