Physical and Natural Sciences Specialization in Biotechnology

This degree provides biotechnology knowledge to either transfer to a four year institution or to be employed in an entry-level research laboratory.


Area of Interest


Associate of Science Degree

Credit Hours


Required Courses

  • SDV 100: College Success Skills - 1 credits
  • ENG 111: College Composition I - 3 credits
  • ENG 112: College Composition II - 3 credits
  • HIS ___: History Elective - 3 credits
  • HIS ___: History Elective - 3 credits
  • BIO 180: Introduction to Biotechnology Careers - 1 credits
  • BIO 101: General Biology I w/Laboratory - 4 credits
  • BIO 102: General Biology II w/Laboratory - 4 credits
  • BIO 206: Cell Biology - 4 credits
  • BIO 256: General Genetics - 4 credits
  • BIO/CHM/GOL/PHY 299: Supervised Study in Science - 2 credits
  • CHM 111: College Chemistry I w/Laboratory - 4 credits
  • CHM 112: College Chemistry II w/Laboratory - 4 credits
  • CSC 110: Introduction to Computing or ITE 119: Information Literacy - 3 credits
  • MTH 167: Precalculus with Trigonometry - 5 credits
  • MTH 245: Statistics I or MTH 261: Applied Calculus I - 3 credits
  • BIO 150: Microbiology or CHM 260: Biochemistry - 3 credits
  • ___ ___: Social Science Elective - 3 credits
  • PHI 220: Ethics or PHI 227: Biomedical Ethics - 3 credits
  • ___ ___: Humanities Elective - 3 credits

Admissions Requirements

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

Program Information

The associate of science in physical and natural sciences degree is designed for persons who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree in a scientific discipline. The specialization in biotechnology has been designed to provide the science major with additional knowledge and skills required transfer to biology or biotechnology degree programs at four-year institutions or to be employed in an entry-level position in a research laboratory.

The major emphasis in this curriculum is on mathematics, the biological sciences, and the physical sciences. However, the curriculum also includes electives in humanities and social sciences so that the student can select the appropriate courses for his or her pre-professional or scientific program as required in the first two years of the prospective four-year college or university to which transfer is contemplated and also consult with their academic advisor. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program, the graduate will be awarded the associate of science degree in physical and natural sciences.

Graduation Requirement: Students entering all transfer degree programs are required to take one Writing Intensive Course (WIC), which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112, in order to graduate. Approved Writing Intensive Courses are specified with a "WI" section designation.


  • Mathematics: Check with the intended transfer college or university to ensure that the appropriate math courses and sequencing are selected.
  • Introductory (101 or 102 level) foreign language courses will not meet the humanities elective requirement for this program.