Biotechnology Program

Iowa Central Community College is positioning itself as a leader in providing highly skilled workers for the state-of-the art agriculture-based industries in and around our region.  The Biotechnology Technology A.A.S. degree will provide students with the necessary skills to be competitive in gaining employment after graduation.

The AAS Biotechnology degree offers extensive hands-on training for students who desire to work in specialized vocations associated with the manufacture of biologically-based products.  The biotechnology industry seeks employees with excellent analytical skills, accurate documentation skills, and the ability to operate and maintain sophisticated equipment.  Successful completion of the biotechnology degree will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be competitive in the biotechnology labor market.  Beginning in the first year of the program, students will have the opportunity to visit area industries to observe the practical application of information obtained during classroom instruction.  Students will be required to complete an internship before graduation.

Career Opportunities

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Commercial Cell Culture
  • Environmental & Agricultural Testing
  • Ethanol and Biodiesel Refining
  • Fermentation
  • Food Production Technology
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Control
  • Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Research & Development
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Sales/Marketing

Course Schedule

Biotechnology A.A.S. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BIO-112 General Biology
4.0
OR
BIO-102 Intro to Biology
3.0
AND
BIO-103 Intro to Biology Lab
1.0
BPT-148 Biotechnology Methods I
3.0
BPT-149 Biotechnology Methods I Lab
1.0
CHM-165 General Chemistry I
4.0
OR
CHM-110 Intro to Chemistry
3.0
AND
CHM-111 Intro to Chemistry Lab
1.0
 
Total Hours: 12.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BPT-134 Energy and the Environment
3.0
BPT-162 Intro to Biotechnology
2.0
BPT-163 Intro to Biotechnology Lab
1.0
CHM-130* Intro to Organic & Biochemistry*
3.0
CHM-131* Intro to Organic & Biochemistry Lab*
1.0
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
OR
ENG-111 Technical Report Writing
MAT-156 Statistics
3.0
OR
MAT-150 Discrete Math
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BPT-120 Molecular and Cellular Biology
3.0
BPT-152 Biotechnology Methods II
4.0
PHY-162 College Physics I
4.0
OR
PHY-184 Applied Physics
SPC-112 Public Speaking
3.0
OR
BUS-121 Business Communication
 
Total Hours: 14.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BPT-154 Biotechnology Methods III
4.0
BPT-210 Applied Microbiology & Immunology
4.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
OR
BUS-161 Human Relations
BPT-220 Biotechnology Workforce Readiness
3.0
 
Total Hours: 13.0

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BPT-932 Internship
4.0
 
Total Hours: 14.0
 
Biotechnology A.A.S. Degree Total Hours: 60.0

*Students can substitute CHM-261 & CHM-271 for CHM-130 & CHM-131.

Biotechnology (Flexible Scheduling)

Biotechnology Certificate (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Nights)

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BPT-148 Biotechnology Methods I
3.0
BPT-149 Biotechnology Methods I Lab
1.0
BPT-949 Biomanufacturing (Non-Credit Advanced Standing)
3.0
 

Biotechnology A.A.S. Degree (2 nights a week)

 

Spring 2012

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BPT-162 Intro to Biotechnology (FlexNet Option)
2.0
BPT-163 Intro to Biotechnology Lab
1.0
CHM-110 Intro to Chemistry
3.0
CHM-111 Intro to Chemistry Lab
1.0
 

Summer 2012

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I (FlexNet or 8am-3pm; 3 weeks)
3.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology (FlexNet Option)
3.0
 

Fall 2012

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BIO-112 General Biology (Night Option 2 Days/Week)
4.0
BPT-148 Biotechnology Methods I (FlexNet Option)
3.0
BPT-149 Biotechnology Methods I Lab
1.0
 

Spring 2013

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BPT-210 Applied Microbiology & Immunology
4.0
BPT-134 Energy and the Environment
3.0
 

Summer 2013

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CHM-130 Intro to Organic & Biochemistry (FlexNet Option)
3.0
CHM-131 Intro to Organic & Biochemistry Lab (FlexNet Option)
1.0
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Face to Face or FlexNet Option)
3.0
OR
MAT-156 Statistics (FlextNet Option)
3.0
 

Fall 2013

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PHY-162 College Physics
4.0
BPT-152 Biotechnology Methods II
4.0
 

Spring 2014

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BPT-220 Biotechnology Workforce Readiness
3.0
BPT-154 Biotechnology Methods III
4.0
 

Summer 2014

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (Face to Face or FlexNet Option)
3.0
OR
MAT-156 Statistics (FlextNet Option)
3.0
 

Fall 2014

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BPT-120 Molecular and Cellular Biology
3.0
BPT-932 Internship
4.0

Instructors

Bryson Bergerud 515-574-1318 bergerud@iowacentral.edu Coordinator
Jenny Shivers 515-574-1252 shivers@iowacentral.edu Associate
Jennifer Condon 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu Dean
Beth Collins 515-574-1244 collins@iowacentral.edu Instructor
Julie Ehresmann 515-574-1222 ehresmann@iowacentral.edu Instructor