Wednesday – December 02, 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 in Biotechnology explores the history of molecular biology, current applications in biotechnology, and teaches students basic and advanced molecular biology laboratory techniques and practices. In the program, students will learn practical skills to work with nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) and proteins. The state-of-the-art teaching methods with the laboratory experience will prepare students to further their careers and education in biotechnology. 

Students who plan to transfer should consult with the four-year university regarding specific requirements for a major and credit transfer.

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   Cell Biology  (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 February 2015.