Biotechnology

Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, with a high demand for entry-level workers and two-year and four-year college graduates. In the last 25 years, the US biotechnology industry has created more than 198,000 high-quality jobs, at over 1,400 pharmaceutical, agricultural, industrial, and instrumentation biotechnology companies, plus more at academic and government agencies!
Biotechnology sectors include:

  • Health Care: drug discovery, vaccines, devices and diagnostics
  • Ag Biotech: genetically modified organisms, food safety
  • Industrial and Environmental Applications: biofuels, biomaterials
  • Biodefense: vaccines, biosensors
  • Research Tools: DNA fingerprinting, bioinformatics, microarray technology, nanotechnology

Local companies may provide internships for students who have completed the first year of biotech classes at Calhoun.

 

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Biotechnology Concentration

Calhoun offers a Biotechnology concentration for students seeking an Associate of Science degree.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE REQUIREMENTS

  • ORI 110 Freshman Seminar – 1
  • ENG 101 English Composition I – 3
  • ENG 102 English Composition II – 3
  • *Literature Electives – 3-6
  • Fine Arts Elective – 3
  • Humanities Elective – 3-6
  • BIO 103 Principles of Biology I – 4
  • CHM 111 College Chemistry I – 4
  • MTH 112 Precalculus Algebra or higher – 3
  • *History Electives – 3-6
  • Social/Behavioral Science Electives – 6-9
  • Total – 42 credit hours

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

  • CHM 112 College Chemistry II – 4
  • BIO 105 Introduction to Biotechnology – 4
  • BIO 107 Cell Culture – 4
  • BIO 203 Techniques in Molecular Biology – 4
  • BIO 252 Directed Studies in Biotechnology – 2
  • BIO 254 Advanced Topics in Biotechnology – 2
  • BIO 256 Biotechnology Internship – 2
  • Total – 22 credit hours
  • Total Credits – 64 hours

*Must complete a two-course sequence in either Literature or History

For more information about Biotechnology, call or write:

Dr. David Ansardi
(256) 306-2651
david.ansardi@calhoun.edu

Effie Nicke
(256) 306-2970
effie.nicke@calhoun.edu

Bio-Tech Careers