Certificate & Degrees

Transfer Track (to Four-Year College or University)

Extensively prepares students for further undergraduate study of Biotechnology at a four-year institution or college.

Transfer Track Course Schedule

* indicates that higher level courses are acceptable and may be substituted
Course Units Course Description
(Math 121)
3 Emphasizes concepts and applications of algebra, analytic geometry and the polynomial calculus to solving problems in the physical, biological and social sciences. Requires graphing calculator.
(Biology 210)
4 General zoology for biological science and related majors. Comparative approach to the study of animal life: organization, structure, physiology, reproduction, evolution, population ecology, and behavior of invertebrates and vertebrates.
General Chemistry I*
(Chemistry 200)
5 Covers methods of chemistry, formulas and equations, chemical calculations, states of matter, periodic law, atomic structure and chemical bonding, gases, thermochemistry, equilibrium, and acids and bases. Laboratory stresses quantitative methods, including gravimetric analysis and titrimetry, use of instrumentation, including spectrophotometers, pH meters, multimeters, and error analysis.
Intro. to Cell & Molecular Biology
(Biology 211)
4 Introduces basic principles of cell and molecular biology for biology and related science majors. Emphasizes basic atomic structure and bonding, the chemical basis of life, cell structure and function, energy transformation, cell division, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, and the origin of life.
General Microbiology
(Biology 265)
5 Introduces fundamental concepts, methods, and relevant applications of microbiology, including microbial structure, physiology, genetics, epidemiology, agents of disease, mechanisms of pathogenesis and resistance, approaches to control and treatment of disease, immunology, and biotechnology. Emphasizes laboratory activities, stressing cultivation, characterization, identification, and biotechnological applications involving microbes important in clinical medicine.
DNA Science I & II
(Biology 205 & 206)
4 Provides theoretical background useful in the biotechnology job market or for a bachelor's degree in biology.
Intro. to Bio Research I & II
(Biology 229 & 230)
6 Introduces biological laboratory skills, safety procedures, disposal of laboratory waste materials; experimental design and data analysis; preparation of laboratory reagents; aseptic technique, chromatography, and electrophoresis; maintenance of laboratory records, library research, resume writing; and management of a research laboratory.
General Education Courses & Electives 27  
Additional Science Classes 20  

Total Units: 78

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