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Biotechnology

Biotechnology majors are preparing for a career in the new and exciting field of biotechnology. For many Biotechnology majors, the Associate's degree or Certificate are terminal degrees, preparing you for the workforce. Some biotechnology majors may want to transfer to university. ACC Biotechnology has an articulation agreement with Texas A&M University to allow most biotechnology credits to transfer. For details go to the ACC transfer page. The Biology courses listed in the Biotechnology degree plan will all transfer to university.

A Note on Overloading Classes:

Biology will NEVER overload courses with a lab because of lab safety requirements and we do not have waiting lists. The ONLY way to register for a class is when there is a seat available. Students are dropped for nonpayment on Friday evenings during registration. You may check the web schedule for open classes on Saturdays, starting at 9:00am. You may also check the web schedule for open classes on the first two days of the semester during the add/drop period. If you are able to register during one of these times, be sure to pay right away to avoid being dropped yourself.

Biology Courses for Biotechnology majors

BIOL 1406 Cellular and Molecular Biology [common course objectives] [master syllabus] is the first biology course in the sequence. (It is sometimes called Introduction to Biology at other institutions). This is a freshman level course (the '1' of 1406) that has an integrated lecture and lab (the '4' of 1406). Both lecture and lab must be taken at the same time in the same section. ACC will transfer an Introduction to Biology course taken elsewhere, but it must have an associated lab component. BIOL 1406 is a rigorous course, which requires the student to be disciplined and focused in doing college-level work.

Preparing for BIOL 1406
Our departmental analysis shows that less than sixty percent of students starting BIOL 1406 finish the course with a passing grade. Reasons for this include difficulty transitioning to college from high school, time out of school and a weak background in Biology. To find out if you have the background to take BIOL 1406, take the following Biology readiness quiz. The Biology Department offers BIOL 1308 Biology Fundamentals to help improve your success in BIOL 1406.

Prerequisites and Co-requisites for BIOL 1406.
The prerequisites and co-requisites for BIOL1406 are:

Biology faculty will check these prerequisites at the start of the semester and will drop any student who is not compliant.

BIOL 1414 Introduction to Biotechnology is an introduction to biotechnology including career exploration, history and applications of DNA/RNA technology molecular biology, bioethics, and laboratory safe practices. The prerequisites for BIOL 1414 are high school biology and high school chemistry or a co-requisite of BIOL 1406.

BIOL 1415 Introduction to BiotechnologyII is an integrative study of biomolecules with an emphasis on protein structures, functions and uses in the modern bioscience laboratory. BIOL 1415 may be taken concurrently with BIOL 1414.

BIOL 2421 Microbiology [common course objectives] [master syllabus] is a majors level biology course that combines lecture and lab. This transfers to most universities as a 4-credit course (An exception is Stephen F Austin State University which does not take this course). BIOL 2420 Microbiology for the Health Sciences (formerly Introduction to Microbiology) does not substitute for BIOL 2421.

Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing at UT Austin

The Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing (AE MSN) program is designed for people holding baccalaureate or graduate degrees in disciplines other than nursing and who are interested in pursuing both their Registered Nurse (RN) License and Master of Science in Nursing degree. Details about this program are available at http://www.utexas.edu/nursing/html/academics/ae_msn.html

A Note on Overloading Biology Classes:
Biology will NEVER overload courses with a lab because of lab safety requirements and we do not have waiting lists. The ONLY way to register for a class is when there is a seat available.
Students are dropped for nonpayment on Friday evenings during registration. You may check the web schedule for open classes on Saturdays, starting at 9:00am. You may also check the web schedule for open classes on the first two days of the semester during the add/drop period. If you are able to register during one of these times, be sure to pay right away to avoid being dropped yourself.

Biology Courses for Prospective AE MSN Students

There are four prerequisite Biology courses for the AE MSN program, all of which are offered by the Biology department and are accepted by the program.

BIOL 2304 Human Anatomy Lecture [common course objectives] [master syllabus] and BIOL 2101 Human Anatomy Lab [common course objectives] [master syllabus] focuses on the anatomy of human organ systems. Unlike most Biology courses, the lab and lecture sections are separate courses, so when signing up for a lecture section, be sure to also sign up for the lab with the same section number. The same sections are taught by the same instructor and one grade will be given. You may not take the lecture without the lab or vice versa. There are two prerequisites for Human Anatomy: high school biology and a grade of at least 70 on the anatomy assessment test. Students cannot register without having passed the assessment test. The Biology department offers several ways to prepare for the assessment test and improved success in anatomy. The following range from least to the most supportive.

Some Anatomy courses taken at other institutions will transfer to ACC. If you have taken both A&P I and A&P II with labs and grades of C or better, will count as credit for Human Anatomy. Anatomy taken at UT in their Kinesiology department will not transfer to ACC.

BIOL 2305 Human Physiology Lecture [common course objectives] and BIOL 2102 Human Physiology Lab [common course objectives] is a rigorous course that focuses on the functions and interactions of the human organ systems. Unlike most Biology courses, the lab and lecture sections are separate courses, so when signing up for a lecture section, be sure to also sign up for the lab with the same section number. The same sections are taught by the same instructor and one grade will be given. You may not take the lecture without the lab or vice versa. There are two prerequisites for Human Physiology: a grade of C or better in Human Anatomy and a grade of at least 70 on the physiology assessment test. Students cannot register without having passed the assessment test. The Biology department offers two ways to prepare for the assessment test and improved success in physiology:

If you are transferring from another institution with grades of C or better in both A&P I and A&P II within the past 5 years, you may not need to take Human Physiology. Consult with your health sciences department.
For students who also need HPRS 2300 Pharmacology for Health Professions: the health sciences division recommends taking this course at the same time as Human Physiology since the material in these courses are complementary.

BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Health Sciences [common course objectives] [master syllabus] is an introduction to the microbial world with special emphasis on human applications. The lab and lecture components are integrated into the one course, so when you register for BIOL 2420 you will automatically be registered for both lecture and lab. One grade is given at the end of the semester. The prerequisites for BIOL 2420 are a grade of C or better in either BIOL 2404 Intro to A&P or BIOL 2304/2101 Human Anatomy.
If you are transferring from another institution with a grade of C or better in either BIOL 2420 Introduction to Microbiology (Microbiology for Health Sciences) or BIOL 2421 Microbiology (a majors level course) taken within the past 5 years, you may not need to take microbiology at ACC. Consult with your health sciences department.
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BIOL 2421 Microbiology [common course objectives] [master syllabus] is a majors level biology course exploring the characteristics and life activities of microorganisms and their interactions with their surroundings. The lab and lecture components are integrated into the one course, so when you register for BIOL 2420 you will automatically be registered for both lecture and lab. One grade is given at the end of the semester. The prerequisites for BIOL 2421 are a grade of C or better in BIOL 1406 or its equivalent.

BIOL 2316 Genetics Lecture [common course objectives] [master syllabus] is the introduction to the hereditary concepts of Mendelian, molecular and population genetics. Prerequisites are BIOL 1406 or Human Anatomy with a grade of C or better. AE MSN students do not need to take the associated genetics lab.

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