The Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills leading to an entry-level laboratory position involved in the production of genetically engineered drugs, gene therapy, microbiology, virology, forensic science, agriculture and environmental science. Students interested in advancement are encouraged to pursue a four-year baccalaureate degree using the Biology Associate in Science (AS-DTA) direct transfer degree planning guide.
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AAAS Degree (92.5-93.5 Credits)
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Length of Program: 92.5-93.5 Credits
Completion Award: A.A.A.S. Degree
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $660/yr for lab fees
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)
General Education Core Requirements - 17 Credits
Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)
Human Relations (2 Credits)
Biotechnology Core Requirements (75.5-76.5 Credits)
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Biotechnology Lab Specialist-What is it?
The Biotechnology Laboratory Specialist Program prepares students for work in laboratories involved in any aspect of biotechnology processes. The curriculum provides a foundation in a variety of math and science disciplines including algebra, statistics, chemistry, biology, microbiology and computer science. Students gain a working knowledge of molecular biology, recombinant DNA, immunology, protein purification and tissue culture – both through classroom lectures and extensive “hands-on” laboratory learning experiences.
Students who successfully complete this program -by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or better for the entire program-should be able to:
- Assist research scientists in the laboratory;
- Perform technical procedures such as cell counting, solution and media preparation, DNA extraction and characterization, electrophoresis, cloning, polymerase chain reaction, DNA sequence analysis, ELISA and other immunology techniques, maintenance of cell lines, transfection, and protein isolation and purification using various chromatographic techniques;
- Conduct research experiments following operating and safety protocols and apply knowledge of theory and techniques to troubleshoot appropriately;
- Analyze and display data using computer technology including the Internet and software designed for maintaining a database, preparing spreadsheets, conducting statistical analysis, bioinformatics and graphical display; and
- Manage laboratory activities including record keeping, ordering supplies and preparing reports and presentations.
Career Opportunities-What can I do with an AAAS Degree from the Biotechnology Lab Specialist Program?
The career outlook in the field of biotechnology is very promising with over 100 biotechnology-related facilities in the Seattle metropolitan area. The proliferation of new technologies is expanding employment opportunities in research, production, development and manufacturing; examples include work as a Laboratory Assistant, Lab Specialist or Research Assistant.
Potential employers include: University or privately owned biotechnology research and production labs; and pharmaceutical or criminal labs; fisheries, oceanographic and other nature resource management organizations. To learn more, please visit career information and resources at http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.
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