Tuesday – January 27, 2015


Associate in Science: Biotechnology Track

Four-Year College Transfer Associate Degree
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 20-800-2.B

For Information:
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC

Overview —
The Associate in Science degree with Biotechnology emphasis provides the first two years of bachelor's degree credit courses that will transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Courses emphasize biology, microbiology and genetics, and prepare students for transfer to a four-year degree in the biomedical sciences. Summer research/internship opportunities are also available through the Biochemical Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST) grant. 

MATC's state-of-the-art labs give students a competitive advantage as they prepare for bachelor's degree studies and the workforce. Students who plan to transfer should consult with the four-year university regarding specific requirements for a major. See Four-Year College Transfer for detailed information. 

Academic Requirements — Successful completion of this degree requires a grade-point average of 2.0 (C) or higher with 25% of the credits taken at MATC.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Communicate effectively 
  • Collaborate with others 
  • Respect diversity
  • Demonstrate responsibility
  • Think critically and creatively 
  • Utilize technology 
  • Apply math and science 
  • Demonstrate environmental responsibility
  • Embrace change

Preparation for Admission — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • A high school diploma or GED
  • ACT score 18; ACT Math score 20
  • MATC assessment score of at least: Reading, 67; Sentence Skills, 76; College Math, 43

Start Dates: August/January 

This program will transfer to four-year institutions.


Curriculum effective 2014-15. 

ENGLISH - Six Credits Required



Two required courses, three credits each:



English 1 




English 2 


SPEECH - Three Credits Required




Elements of Speech


(or) SPEECH-203 Interpersonal Communication


(or) SPEECH-206 Intercultural Communication


HUMANITIES - Nine Credits Required



Select nine credits from 200-series courses in the humanities (such as
English, music, art, foreign language, speech). Examples: SPEECH-212, FLANG-214.

Three credits must be in 200-level diversity/ethnic studies courses. 

Three credits must be in 200-level fine arts courses. Examples: MUSIC-205, ART-201.



SOCIAL SCIENCES - Nine Credits Required



Select from at least three of the following five:

1. ECON-201 Principles of Microeconomics 
 (or) ECON-202 Principles of Macroeconomics

2. SOCSCI-203 Introduction to Sociology

3. PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology

4. SOCSCI-221 American National Government and Politics Today
    (or) SOCSCI-222 American State and Local Government

5. Any 200-level HIST course



WORLD/FOREIGN LANGUAGE - Four Credits Required



This requirement may be waived if student has successfully completed four high school semesters of the same foreign language with a grade of C or higher; the four waived credits must be made up by another 200-level course.
Students may earn retroactive credit and credit by exam. 
Strongly recommended: Take two semesters of the same language if not already taken in high school. 


NATURAL SCIENCES - 20 Credits Required


NATSCI-236   Principles of Biology ‡  (5 credits)
NATSCI-237   Introduction to Biotechnology ‡  (4 credits)
NATSCI-238   Molecular Biology  (5 credits)
NATSCI-239   Genetics  (5 credits)
NATSCI-291   Internship in Biochemical Science ‡  (1 credit)
                         (or) NATSCI-290 Biotechnology Seminar ‡  (1 credit)


MATHEMATICS - Five Credits Required                                                

MATH-231      Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 



PHYSICAL EDUCATION - Three Credits Required                             


Select any 200-series PHYED course

ADDITIONAL ELECTIVES - Eight Credits Required                           


NATSCI-186  Biochemistry ‡  (4 credits)
NATSCI-197  Microbiology   (4 credits)


‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met. 

For course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Page updated July 2014.