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Biotechnology Lab Specialist, AAAS Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide provides in-depth information about the requirements for this degree. Review this information with your advisor and develop a plan for completion. 

  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide; when you apply for graduation, you will use this form to document the classes you have taken.
  • The Class Schedule will tell you when classes are available this quarter. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Program Description:

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.

AAAS Degree (92.5-93.5 Credits)

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the information is subject to change without notice and final career decisions are the responsibility of the student.

Program Prerequisites:

Current (within two years) knowledge of Intermediate Algebra 1 (MATH 098 ) or higher and placement into ENGL& 101  is a prerequisite for MATH& 146 . MATH 099  or higher and placement into ENGL& 101  is a prerequisite for CHEM& 121  and CHEM 171 .

Application Required:

An application is required to enter the four-quarter Core Biotech Sequence of Courses: BIOL 249 , BIOL 265 , BIOL 266 , BIOL 270 , BIOL 274 , BIOL 275 , BIOL 277 , BIOL 279 , BIOL 280 .
Please see an advisor for an application form or visit: http://www.shoreline.edu/biotechnology/application.aspx

General Education Core Requirements - 17 Credits

Communication Skills (5 Credits)

Choose either BTWRT 215  or ENGL& 101 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Human Relations (2 Credits)

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Choose either MCS 105  or CMST 203 .

Core Biotech Sequence

Approval To Graduate

Student Name, SID and Date: ____________________________________________________

Faculty Advisor and Date: _______________________________________________________

Division Dean and Date: ________________________________________________________

Credential Approval and Date: ____________________________________________________

Where can I go for help?

Program Advisor:

Dina Kovarik
206-546-4747 dkovarik@shoreline.edu Rm 2814

First Year Advisor

Joyce Fagel
206-546-4559 jfagel@shoreline.edu Rm 5241

Program Information:

Length of Program: 92.5-93.5 Credits
Completion Award: A.A.A.S. Degree
Enrollment: Fall
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $660/yr for lab fees
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)
Website: www.shoreline.edu/biotechnology/

EPC 678

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.

Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this program -by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or better for the entire program-should be able to:

  1. Assist research scientists in the laboratory;
  2. 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;
  3. Conduct research experiments following operating and safety protocols and apply knowledge of theory and techniques to troubleshoot appropriately;
  4. 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
  5. 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.

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696



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