Southwestern College

General Description

Biotechnology is defined as the science of using and modifying biological material in order to develop products and organisms for specific use. A variety of biotechnology applications are commonly used in the following industries:

  • Research, testing, and medical laboratories 
  • Drugs, vaccines and pharmaceuticals 
  • Health care (diagnostics, therapeutics & personalized medicine) 
  • Environment applications (biofuel & wildlife management) 
  • Food industry (testing & crop production) 
  • Agriculture feedstock and chemicals 

This a rapidly expanding field of science with enormous potential for both improving life and providing a growing source of well paying technical jobs (taken from SWC Biotechnology website).

Biotechnology Technical Certificate Program Courses

  • Intermediate Algebra II (MATH 70) 
  • Preparation for General Chemistry (CHEM 170) 
  • Principles of Biology (lecture and lab: BIOL 100/101) 
  • DNA Science I (BIOL 205) 
  • DNA Science II (BIOL 206) 
  • Introduction to Biological Research I (BIOL 229) 
  • Introduction to Biological Research II (BIOL 230) 
  • Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIOL 211) 
  • General Microbiology (BIOL 265)

Associate in Science Degree

  • Requirements as listed above with General Education courses and electives

Transfer Track (to Four-year University or College)

  • Calculus (MATH 121) 
  • General Chemistry (CHEM 200) 
  • Zoology (BIOL 210) 
  • Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (BIOL 211) 
  • General Microbiology (BIOL 265) 
  • DNA Science I (BIOL 205) 
  • DNA Science II (BIOL 206) 
  • Introduction to Biological Research I (BIOL 229) 
  • Introduction to Biological Research II (BIOL 230) 
  • General Education courses and electives

Parallel Track

(Currently Enrolled at Four-year University or College and majoring in Molecular Biology and Genetics)

  • Introduction to Biological Research I (BIOL 229)
  • Introduction to Biological Research II (BIOL 230)

Department Chair

Margie Stinson, M.S.
E-mail: mstinson@swccd.edu
Phone: (619) 421-6700, ext. 5324 | Office: 314A

Faculty

Gainful Employment Disclosure

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Last updated: 6/28/2017 11:08:46 AM