A.S. in Biotechnology (QCC) leading to the B.S. in Biotechnology (York College)

The QCC Dual/Joint A.S. /B.S. Degree Program in Biotechnology with York College will equip students with the knowledge and technical skills required to succeed as technicians in the modern biotechnology work environment and will allow QCC graduates to transfer seamlessly into the B.S. in Biotechnology at York. The total employment impact, including direct, indirect, and induced jobs, of the biosciences sector is 7.5 million jobs. U.S. higher educa- tion institutions awarded bioscience-related degrees to more than 143,000 students in the 2006 academic year. New York, Northern NJ and Long Island are among the metropolitan areas with the largest employment levels (recent increase of >1000 jobs). Despite the ailing U.S. economy, the biotechnology industry has kept a steady pace in the market.

QCC students will work in modern biotechnology labs with expert faculty and will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on internships and field experiences with local industry and university partners such as the FDA, Stony Brook University and Biotechnology Center, Albert Einstein Medical College and North Shore – Long Island Jewish Hospital. Students should con- sult faculty advisers in the Department of Biological Sciences and Geology (M-213) for advisement.

Common Core Requirements

Common Core Categories   Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-102: English Composition II

3

REQUIRED CORE: 1B. MA-441: Analytic Geometry & Calculus I 4
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. BI-201: General Biology I1
4
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B. U.S. Experience & Its Diversity (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2C. Creative Expression (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. Individual & Society (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. CH-151: General Chemistry I1
4.5
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. CH-152: General Chemistry II1 4.5
Subtotal 35

Major Requirements 

Courses Credits
BI-202: General Biology II 4
BI-453: Biotechnology 5
BI-356: Principles of Genetics 4
BI-357: Bioinformatics/Computational Biology 3
BI-554: Research Laboratory Internship 2
Subtotal 18

Additional Major requirements

Courses Credits
SP-211: Speech Communication 3
HE-102: Health, Behavior and Society 2

One credit in PE-400 or PE-500 series or DAN-100 series (one credit courses only)

1
Subtotal 6

Electives

Courses Credits
Free electives 1
Subtotal 1

Total Credits Required

60

1 Students are required to take particular courses in some areas of the Common Core that fulfill both general education and major requirements. If students do not take the required courses in the Common Core, they will have to take additional credits to complete their degree requirements.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Degree Pathway

The number of credits you take each year will determine when you graduate. To graduate on time, you are strongly encouraged to enroll in at least 30 credits toward your degree during the calendar year, including fall and spring semesters and winter and summer sessions.

Dual/Joint A.S. / B.S. Degree in Biotechnology (York College)  

Fall Semester #1

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

ENGL 101 English Composition I

(Required Core 1.A. – English Composition)

3

Pre-req.: BE 112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement, or exemption

MA 441 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I 1

(Required Core 1.B. Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning)

4

Pre-req.: MA 440 Pre-Calculus ( 4 credits)1

BI 201 General Biology I (Required Core 1.C. Life and Physical Sciences) 4

4

Pre-req.: BE  112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement, or exempt; Co-req. BE 123

SP 211 Speech Communication

3

Pre-req.: Remedial speech if required

Total credits for the term

14


Spring Semester #1

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

ENGL 102 English Composition II
(Required Core 1.A. – English Composition)

3

Pre-req.: ENGL 101 or placement

BI 202 General Biology II

4

Pre-req.: BI 201

CH 151 General Chemistry I (Flexible Core 2.E. Scientific World) 4

4.5

Pre-req.: MA 119 College Algebra (3 credits) and MA 121 Trigonometry (1 credit) or placement

BI 356 Genetics

4

Pre-req.: BI 201 with a grade of C or better

Total credits for the term

15.5


Fall Semester #2

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

BI 453 Biotechnology

5

Pre-req.: BI 201 with C or better

CH 152 General Chemistry II (Flexible Core 2. E.) 4

4.5

Pre-req.: CH 151

Flexible Core - One course from 2.A. World Cultures & Global Issues OR 2.B. U. S. in Its Diversity OR 2.C. Creative Expression OR 2.D. Individual & Society

3

Check individual courses for pre- and co-requisites

Flexible Core: one course from 2.A., 2. B., 2.C., or 2.D.

3

Check individual course prerequisites and co-requisites


Total credits for the term

15.5


Spring Semester #2

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

BI 357 Bioinformatics / Computational Biology

3

Pre-req.: BI 201 and permission of the instructor

BI 554 Research Laboratory Internship

2

Pre-req.: BI 201 and permission of the instructor

Flexible Core: one course from 2.A., 2. B., 2.C., or 2.D.

3

Check individual course prerequisites and co-requisites

Flexible Core: one course from 2.A., 2. B., 2.C., or 2.D.

3

Check individual course prerequisites and co-requisites

HE 102 Health, Behavior and Society

2

Pre-req.: BE 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement test, or exemption

One course in PE 400, 500 or DAN 100 series

1

None

Free elective

1

Check individual course prerequisites and co-requisites

Total credits for the term 15
Total credits required for the A.S. in Biotechnology 60

Notes:

  1. Students who do not place into MA 441 (Analytical Geometry and Calculus I) will need to take the pre-requisite credit courses indicated above, which do not count toward the program requirements.
  2. All students must complete two (2) WI-designated classes to fulfill degree requirements.
  3. Students in degree programs must complete any required remedial speech courses before graduation.
  4. Students are required to take particular courses in some areas of the Common Core that fulfill both general education and major requirements. If students do not take the required courses in the Common Core, they will have to take additional credits to complete their degree requirements.
  5. Indicate if any courses are offered only in fall or spring semester

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Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

Dual/Joint A.S. / B.S. in Biotechnology with York College 

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competency in the concepts and methods of the foundation science courses required for transfer to the junior year in Biotechnology at York College.
  2. Demonstrate basic laboratory skills and good lab practice necessary for Biotechnology research
  3. Utilize scientific methods to propose and test a working hypothesis
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of ethics in science and responsible conduct of research while analyzing their results and writing lab reports
  5. Work in teams of two to complete an honors project and make a presentation at the end of the class
  6. Exhibit effective oral and written communication skills in in preparing and presenting a well-reasoned, professional quality technical report that compares data/evidence critically to support/refute different points of view on a topic

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