Biotechnology, Associate in Applied Science

Florissant Valley

The Associates in Applied Science in Biotechnology offers students specialized training for employment as biotechnicians engaged in Research and Development, Quality Control, Biomanufacturing, and Bioprocessing. All students in this field of study are required to complete the core biotechnology/science courses. Specialization is offered from the second through the fourth semester course work by allowing individualized selection of Advanced Topics in Biotechnology. The completion of this program provides the knowledge and hands on skills necessary to work in a life science research laboratory/workplace.

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. create a record of laboratory work.
  2. use written and oral skills to communicate results and analyses of experiments.
  3. explain basic molecular biology principles.
  4. use principles of good laboratory practices and professionalism in the laboratory.
  5. design experiments on nucleic acids, proteins, and cells.
  6. perform experiments on nucleic acids, proteins, and cells.
  7. analyze results of experiments performed on nucleic acids, proteins, and cells.
  8. assess the contributions of biotechnology to advances in the fields of agriculture and human health.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on our website: https://stlcc.edu/programs-academics/missouri-civics-exam.aspx.  

Program of Study

General Education
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
MTH 160Precalculus Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)3
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
CHM 105General Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L)5
BIO 140Principles of Biology I (MOTR BIOL 150L)5
Program Requirements
BIO 157Good Laboratory Practices, Compliance, and Bioinformatic Principles3
BIO 104Basic Laboratory Methods for Biotechnology3
BIO 152Quantitative Methods in Biotechnology2
BIO 228Research and Presentation Skills for the Life Sciences2
BIO 218Microbiology for Biotechnology4
BIO 219Biotechnology I5
BIO 220Biotechnology II5
BIO 221Workplace Learning: Biotechnology3
BIO 226Advanced Topics in Biotechnology (three sections required)3
BIO 226Advanced Topics in Biotechnology (three sections required)3
BIO 226Advanced Topics in Biotechnology (three sections required)3
CHM 106General Chemistry II5
Total Credit Hours60

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Information on who is eligible for a waiver can be found on our website: https://stlcc.edu/programs-academics/missouri-civics-exam.aspx.  

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Fall 2021, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3 Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079.
MTH 160 Precalculus Algebra (MOTR MATH 130)3MTH 140 with a grade of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test, and Reading Proficiency.
CHM 105 General Chemistry I (MOTR CHEM 150L)5MTH 140 (or at least one and a half years of high school algebra) and CHM 101 with a minimum grade of "C" or one year of high school chemistry, and Reading Proficiency.
BIO 140 Principles of Biology I (MOTR BIOL 150L)5CHM 105 and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 152 Quantitative Methods in Biotechnology2MTH 140 and CHM 101 or CHM 105 and Reading Proficiency.
CHM 106 General Chemistry II5CHM 105 and (MTH 160 or MTH 160A or MTH 160B or MTH 160C) with minimum grades of "C" or test in MTH 170 or higher on the Math placement test and Reading Proficiency.
BIO 104 Basic Laboratory Methods for Biotechnology3MTH 030, MTH 040, or MTH 050 with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Credit Hours13
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 157 Good Laboratory Practices, Compliance, and Bioinformatic Principles3BIO 104 or BIO 111 or BIO 124 or BIO 140 or BIO 207 or BIO 225 with a grade of 'C' or better, and Reading Proficiency.
BIO 218 Microbiology for Biotechnology4BIO 140, CHM 105 and Reading Proficiency.
BIO 219 Biotechnology I5BIO 104, BIO 140, BIO 152, GE 101, all with a minimum grade of "C" and Reading Proficiency.
BIO 226 Advanced Topics in Biotechnology3Prior or concurrent enrollment in BIO 219 or consent of the program coordinator or department chair, and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
BIO 220 Biotechnology II5BIO 219 or consent of the instructor and Reading Proficiency.
BIO 226 Advanced Topics in Biotechnology3Prior or concurrent enrollment in BIO 219 or consent of the program coordinator or department chair, and Reading Proficiency.
BIO 226 Advanced Topics in Biotechnology3Prior or concurrent enrollment in BIO 219 or consent of the program coordinator or department chair, and Reading Proficiency.
BIO 228 Research and Presentation Skills for the Life Sciences2Entry into this course must be approved by the program coordinator, and Reading Proficiency.
BIO 221 Workplace Learning: Biotechnology3Prior or concurrent enrollment in BIO 220 and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours16
Total Credit Hours60