Bioscience Technology

2015-16 Edition

Rock Creek Campus
Building 7, Room 202

Career and Program Description

Bioscience Technology refers to the research, development, and manufacturing of products which use the processes, products or principles of living organisms to solve problems. The applications of bioscience range from developing and manufacturing better ways to diagnose and treat disease, to improving the production of plant crops, and even using microorganisms to clean up toxic wastes. The field is dynamic, employing applications and innovations that in many cases cut across traditional disciplines. Skilled technicians with broad-based laboratory training find employment in a variety of settings, working with scientists at all levels in research, development, manufacturing, testing, and quality control and assurance. Technicians are needed in both large and small companies, research institutions, at local and state agencies, in private service laboratories and in some related industries.

Course work in the Bioscience program involves four distinct elements. Basic science courses provide the background information so that technical elements can be more completely understood. The foundation course work provides a broad base of technical knowledge that prepares individuals for entry-level positions in a variety of Bioscience companies, and includes emphasis on working in a regulated environment, as well as developing skill in technical communication and job readiness. The core of these foundation courses make up the Bioscience Technician Certificate. The advanced technical courses develop more specific skill sets, and provide for development of the fundamental skills in this more advanced context. Students may choose some electives from outside of the BIT program, in order to increase the breadth of training or focus on a specific sector of the bioscience industry. Once the formal course work has been completed, the work experience component will ensure that students have a chance to put their skills and knowledge into a working context. Certificate students must achieve an overall GPA of 2.0 in all required bioscience courses.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Bioscience Technology

Less than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Bioscience Technician

Prerequisites and Requirements

AAS Bioscience Technology: Placement into WR 121, and completion of  MTH 95 with a "C" or "P" or higher.

Bioscience Technician Certificate: Placement into WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 95

The Bioscience Technology program is a restricted entry program with limited enrollment. Contact the department for instructions. Students must achieve an overall GPA of 2.0 in all required bioscience courses in order to earn the certificate. 

Bioscience Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 92 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Bioscience Technology Degree Courses

BI 112 *Cell Biology for Health Occupations5
or BI 211 Principles of Biology
BIT 102Current Topics in Bioscience Technology2
BIT 105 2Safety in the Bioscience Workplace2
BIT 107 2Bioscience Lab Math2
BIT 109 2Basic Laboratory Techniques and Instruments5
BIT 125Quality Systems in Bioscience Technology2
BIT 126Applied Quality Practice3
BIT 181Exploring Bioscience3
CAS 170Beginning Excel3
CH 104 *Allied Health Chemistry I5
or CH 221 General Chemistry I
WR 121English Composition4
BIT 280A **Work Experience8
BIT 280B **Work Experience - Seminar1
Bioscience Degree Electives30
Basic Science Electives9
Remaining General Education8
Total Credits92

BI 112, BI 211, CH 104, and CH 221 could be used as General Education


 The Work Experience component is taken after all other coursework has been completed.


 BIT 110 (or BIT 110A and BIT 110B) can be substituted for BIT 105, BIT 107, and BIT 109

Basic Science Electives


BI 211 *Principles of Biology5
BI 212 *Principles of Biology5
BI 213 *Principles of Biology5
BI 234 *Microbiology5
CH 211 *Introduction to Biochemistry4
CH 221 *General Chemistry I5
CH 222 *General Chemistry II5
CH 223 *General Chemistry III5
MTH 243 *Statistics I5
PHY 201 *General Physics4
PHY 202 *General Physics4
PHY 203 *General Physics4


Students who are interested in transferring to PSU for a BS degree in Biology will need to complete BI 211, BI 212, BI 213, CH 221, CH 222, and CH 223 in order to be eligible for placement in upper-division Biology and Chemistry courses at PSU.

Bioscience Degree Electives- (20 must be BIT)

BIT 201Immunochemical Methods5
BIT 203Recombinant DNA5
BIT 205Bioseparations5
BIT 207Cell Culture5
BIT 215Protein Purification5
BIT 223Advanced DNA Techniques5
MT 111Electronic Circuits & Devices I4
MT 112Electronic Circuits & Devices II4
MT 113Electronic Circuits & Devices III4
MT 121Digital Systems I3
MT 122Digital Systems II3
MT 222Quality Control Methods in Manufacturing3

Bioscience Technician Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum 19 credits. Students must also meet certificate requirements. The Biotechnician certificate is a Career Pathway. All courses are contained in the Bioscience Technology AAS Degree.

Bioscience Technician Certificate Courses

BIT 102Current Topics in Bioscience Technology2
BIT 105Safety in the Bioscience Workplace2
BIT 107Bioscience Lab Math2
BIT 109Basic Laboratory Techniques and Instruments5
BIT 125Quality Systems in Bioscience Technology2
BIT 126Applied Quality Practice3
BIT 181Exploring Bioscience3
Total Credits19


BIT 102. Current Topics in Bioscience Technology. 2 Credits.

Provides an overview of current topics in Bioscience Technology. Includes recombinant DNA technology, bioremediation, forensics, genetically modified organisms (GMO), stem cell technology, pharmaceutical drug discovery and medical devices as well as ethical and legal issues surrounding biotechnology today. Recommend: BI 112 or BI 211 or equivalent. Audit available.

BIT 105. Safety in the Bioscience Workplace. 2 Credits.

Survey of technical and regulatory aspects of physical, chemical, radiation and biological safety in the bioscience laboratory. Topics covered include: mechanical and electrical systems, hazards due to temperature and pressure, handling and storing hazardous chemicals, personal protective equipment, chemical waste disposals and spill, ionizing radiation and control measures, biological containment, disinfection/sterilization, medical waste handling, applicable regulations and guidelines. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

BIT 107. Bioscience Lab Math. 2 Credits.

Develops mathematics skill and problem-solving related to work in a bioscience laboratory or biomanufacturing environment. Includes calculations for solution preparation, analysis and manipulation of molecules and cells, analysis and interpretation of data and commonly used statistical methods. Prerequisite: MTH 65 or placement into MTH 95. Recommend: Prior or concurrent college-level course in Chemistry, or BI 112 or BI 211. Audit available.

BIT 109. Basic Laboratory Techniques and Instruments. 5 Credits.

Introduces fundamental principles and practices for the bioscience laboratory. Principles of quality documentation, safety, and precise communication will be emphasized throughout, in the context of technical activities that include solution preparation, instrumentation for measurements (weight, volume, temperature, pH, conductivity and spectroscopy), assay techniques and routine laboratory maintenance. Recommend prior or concurrent college level course in Chemistry, or BI 112 or BI 211, and MTH 65. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 115 and RD 115. Prerequisite or concurrent enrollment in: BIT 105 and BIT 107.

BIT 125. Quality Systems in Bioscience Technology. 2 Credits.

Introduction to internal and external quality systems that apply to the bioscience industry, with emphasis on working in a regulated environment. Also covers various agencies that regulate the bioscience industry, FDA regulation for good laboratory and manufacturing practices (GLP and cGMP), and processes relating to product approval. Audit available.

BIT 126. Applied Quality Practice. 3 Credits.

Introduces concepts and skills that are needed by entry level workers in the regulated bioscience and related work environments. Emphasize validation, compliance, CAPA, audit, LEAN work habits, material and product control and coordinated quality teamwork through laboratory-based activities. Prerequisites: BIT 125 and BIT 109 or instructor permission.

BIT 181. Exploring Bioscience. 3 Credits.

Provides an overview and analysis of various Bioscience Technology work environments including research, development, and manufacturing. Covers career options, pathways, and development of skills that are needed for identification and procurement of entry level positions, education, and training opportunities in the bioscience field. Includes portfolio development and refinement of job search, resume writing and interview skills. Participation in field trips is essential. Prerequisite/concurrent: BIT 105, BIT 107, and BIT 109 or instructor permission. Recommended: completion or concurrent enrollment in BIT 125.

BIT 201. Immunochemical Methods. 5 Credits.

Introduces the general properties and uses of antibody molecules. Includes an overview immune response, biosynthesis of immunoglobulin, obtaining, purifying and labeling antibodies, and using antibodies in a variety of common applications (ELISA, Western blot, immunoprecipitation and immunocytochemistry, antibody-based affinity chromatography). Prerequisite: BIT 109 or BIT110; BI 112 or CH 100 or higher; or instructor permission.

BIT 203. Recombinant DNA. 5 Credits.

Laboratory-intensive course focusing on the strategies and techniques used in recombinant DNA work. Covers vector and insert options and preparation, quantitation of DNA, ligation and transformation procedures, and analysis by restriction digest, blot hybridization and PCR. Prerequisites: BIT 109 or BIT110; and any of the following: BIT101, BI 102, BI 112, BI 212 or BI 234, or instructor permission.

BIT 205. Bioseparations. 5 Credits.

Introduction of commonly used methods for separation of biological molecules for both analytical and preparative applications. This laboratory-intensive course will cover the principles of and practice in filtration, differential precipitation, and electrophoretic and chromatographic techniques. Prerequisite: BIT 109 or BIT110; and any of the following: BIT155, BI 112, CH 100 or higher; or instructor permission.

BIT 207. Cell Culture. 5 Credits.

Laboratory-intensive course providing introduction to and practice in the culture of animal cells and cell lines. Focus is on routine maintenance and record-keeping, including media preparation, cryopreservation, and troubleshooting common culture problems. Prerequisite: BIT 109 or BIT110 or instructor permission.

BIT 215. Protein Purification. 5 Credits.

Application of commonly used methods for separation of biological molecules in multi-step protein purifications. This laboratory intensive course will focus on issues of recovery and yield, step-to-step analysis and troubleshooting, as well as documentation and reporting procedures and results. Prerequisite: BIT 205 or instructor permission.

BIT 223. Advanced DNA Techniques. 5 Credits.

Laboratory-intensive course focusing on the theory and practice of techniques for analysis and manipulation of nucleic acids. Topics include construction and use of plasmid and phage libraries, DNA sequence determination and analysis, bioinformatics, and applications of PCR. Prerequisites: BIT 203 or instructor permission.

BIT 280A. Work Experience. 1-8 Credit.

Students work in a biotechnology laboratory, supervised by professionals on site and by program instructor(s). Department permission required.

BIT 280B. Work Experience - Seminar. 1 Credit.

Provides opportunities to share work experiences and receive feedback from students and instructors. Corequisite: BIT 280A. Prerequisites: Department permission required.