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OC BioTech Education

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With Consistent Curriculum amongst our college partners, OC BioTech Education is teaching students bioscience job skills.

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Intro to Biotech + Lab (3+1)

FULLERTON COLLEGE
HYBRID LECTURE:
[W] 3:30pm-5:00pm
LAB: [M] 5:30pm-7pm

SANTA ANA COLLEGE
LECTURE: [M, W] 8:35am-10:00am
LAB: [M, W] 10:20am-11:45am

SANTIAGO CANYON COLLEGE
LECTURE: [M, W] 3:30pm-5:00pm
LAB: [M, W] 5:30pm-7pm

IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE
LECTURE: [M] 5:30pm-6:50pm
LAB: [M] 7:00pm-9:50pm


Biotech A:
BASIC SKILLS (4)

FULLERTON COLLEGE
LECTURE: [T] 1:20pm – 4:30pm
LAB: [Th] 1:20pm – 4:30pm

SANTA ANA COLLEGE
LECTURE: [S] 8:35am – 11:45am
LAB: [S] 11:55am – 3:05pm

SANTIAGO CANYON COLLEGE
LECTURE: [T, Th] 3:30pm-5:00pm
LAB: [T, Th] 5:30pm-7pm

Tissue Culture Methods (4)

FULLERTON COLLEGE
LECTURE: [T] 11:05am – 1:10pm
LAB: [Th] 11:05am – 1:10pm


Biotech B: 
PROTEIN BIOCHEM (4)

FULLERTON COLLEGE
LECTURE: [T] 7:45am – 10:55am
LAB: [Th] 7:45am – 10:55am

SANTA ANA COLLEGE
LECTURE: [F] 8:35am-10:00am
LAB: [F] 10:20am-11:45am

Genetics & Biotech
in Society 
(3)

FULLERTON COLLEGE
Online

FALL FLYERS

SCC | BIO 191


SCC

SAC | BIO 190


SAC

SAC | BIO 191


SAC

SCC | BIO 190


SCC

BioTech Certificate

Beginning Level Certificate

Eligible for internship opportunities upon successful completion.
Careers: Laboratory, Fermentation, or Manufacturing Assistant: $9 - $14 / Hr

Biotechnology Lab Assistant Certificate


Introduction to Biotechnology 3 Units
Introduction to Biotechnology Lab 1 Units
Biotechnology A: Basic Lab Skills 4 Units
Introduction to Chemistry 5 Units

Mid Level Certificate

Careers: Manufacturing Operator; Production Or Purification Assistant: $11 - $25 / Hr

BioManufacturing Technician Certificate

11 Units + Biotechnology Lab Assistant Certificate
Biotechnology B: Proteins 4 Units
Quality and Regulatory Compliance in the Biosciences 2 Units
General Chemistry 5 Units
Quality Improvement Associate Certification Preparation 3 Units

Top Level Certificate

Careers: Process Development Associate; R&D Technician: $13 - $26 / Hr

Biotechnology Technician Certificate

13-16 Units + Biomanufacturing Technician Certificate
Biotechnology C: Nucleic Acids/Molecular Biology 4 Units
Tissue Culture Methods 2 Units
Human Genetics 3 Units
Cellular & Molecular Biology 5 Units
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 4 Units
Microbiology 5 Units
Health Microbiology 4 Units
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis 5 Units
Internship 1-4 Units

BioTechnology Courses

Introduction to Biotechnology

3 Units: 54 hours

This course will teach students about all aspects of the biotechnology field, with content appropriate for a wide range of students and professionals. Topics will include the biology, business and legal/ethical issues surrounding biotechnology, cells, genes, DNA, proteins, genetic engineering, drug development, biofuels, agriculture, bioremediation, biotechnology company structure, and the regulations affecting the field.

(CSU) (UC) (Degree Credit) AA GE, CSU GE

Introduction to Biotechnology Lab

Corequisite: BIOL 190 F with a grade of “C” or better 1 Units: 54 hours lab per term

This course prepares students for entry-level work in the biotechnology industry by emphasizing the basic concepts needed to work effectively in a bioscience laboratory. Topics include laboratory math, basic chemistry of buffers, health and safety, metrology, quality control, biological molecules, gene expression, cell structure and molecular biology techniques. This course introduces students to basic biotechnology laboratory skills including basic separation methods, aseptic technique, and documentation. Good communication and work-readiness skills are emphasized.

(CSU) (UC) (Degree Credit)

Biotechnology A: Basic Lab Skills

4 Units: 54 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term.

This course provides an introduction to the fundamental skills necessary for any biotechnology laboratory. Skills include maintenance of an industry standard notebook; preparation and sterilization of solutions, reagents, and media; utilization of good aseptic technique, proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, adherence to quality control protocols, and laboratory safety regulations. Compliance with industry standards and regulations will be incorporated into course procedures. (CSU) (Degree Credit)​

Introduction to Chemistry

Intermediate Algebra with a grade of C or better 5 Units:

Four hours of lecture, one-hour problem solving, three hours of lab per week. This introductory course emphasizes the principles of inorganic and organic chemistry and includes a lab. It will meet physical science transfer requirements and is required of numerous allied health sciences majors.

(CSU) (UC Credit Limitation: no credit if taken after CHEM 111AF) (Degree Credit) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC

Biotechnology B: Proteins

Prerequisite: BIOL 191 F with a grade of “C” or better. 4 Units: 54 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term.

This course covers fundamental skills in applied biotechnology necessary for any biotechnology laboratory but particularly focuses on downstream manufacturing processes in biomanufacturing. Skills include maintenance of an industry standard notebook, preparation and sterilization of solution, reagents and media, utilization of good aseptic technique, proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, adherence to quality control protocols, lab safety regulations, in vitro translation, large-scale expression, purification, modification, western blot analysis, ELISA, antibody tagging, and fluorescent microscopy.

(CSU) (Degree Credit)

Quality and Regulatory Compliance in the Biosciences

2 Units:

This course will cover quality assurance and regulatory compliance for the bioscience industries. Topics will span quality control and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations for the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, biomedical device and food industries.

General Chemistry

Introduction to Chemistry 5 Units:

This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence designed to provide students with a foundation in general chemistry needed for subsequent courses. Lecture topics include chemical reactions and stoichiometry, thermochemistry and calorimetry, atomic structure and chemical periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular structure, gases, physical properties of solids, liquids and solutions, and organic chemistry. The lab sequence will support the above topics.

CSU

Biotechnology C: Nucleic Acids/Molecular Biology

Biotechnology A: Basic Lab Skills 4 Units:

This course introduces the advanced skills in advanced biotechnology focusing on the upstream development process. Skills include maintenance of an industry standard notebook, utilization of good aseptic technique, proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, adherence to quality control protocols, purification and isolation of nucleic acids, transformation, PCR (polymerase chain reaction), sequencing, subcloning, restriction digest analysis, DNA fingerprinting, in vitro transcription, and hybridization

Tissue Culture Methods

Biotechnology A: Basic Laboratory Skills 2 Units:

18 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term. This course provides theoretical and practical knowledge and skills on how to culture Eukaryotic cells. Students acquire practical and theoretical knowledge of the structure, equipment, and sterile techniques of the cell culture laboratory, the growth conditions of cells, and how scientists attempt to mimic this in cultures. Among the topics covered are the composition of cell culture media, establishment of primary cultures and cell lines from normal tissue and cancer tissue, routine cultivation of cells, long-term storage, contamination, various methods for characterization of cells, transfection, and the use of cells in culture to resolve various issues in basic and applied research.

(CSU) (Degree Credit)

Human Genetics

3 Units:

This introductory survey course will cover the basic concepts of heredity and current advances in biotechnology – such as cloning, recombinant DNA technology, DNA fingerprinting and gene therapy. This course will emphasize the applications, social consequences and ethical implications of biotechnology in medicine and agriculture. 3 lecture semester units. Non-majors course.

(Degree Credit) (CSU, UC)

Cellular & Molecular Biology

5 Units:

Three hours of lecture/discussion and three hours of lab per week. Integrated lectures and laboratories are designed to 1) develop a strong foundation in biological facts, concepts, and theoretical models, 2) extend the student’s ability to solve scientific problems through data collection and analysis, and 3) provide training in a variety of lab techniques and instrumentation used in modern biology. Discussion topics which are supported by lab experiences include (a) the molecular basis of life, (b) tissue, (c) enzyme kinetics, (d) gene expression, (e) development, and (f) immunology. Designed for Biological Sciences majors in transfer programs.

(CSU) (UC) (Degree Credit) CSU GE, IGETC

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biotechnology A: Basic Laboratory Skills 4 Units: 54 hours lecture and 54 hours lab per term.

This course introduces the fundamental skills in any biotechnology laboratory focusing on the upstream research and development process. Skills include the maintenance of an industry standard notebook, preparation and sterilization of solutions, reagents, and media, utilization of good aseptic technique, proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, adherence to quality control protocols, lab safety regulations, DNA/RNA extraction and purification, bioinformatics, polymerase chain reaction, electrophoresis, DNA sequencing, recombinant DNA technology, DNA cloning, transformation, in vitro transcription, fluorescence in situ hybridization, and Southern blot analysis. Compliance with industry standards and regulations will be incorporated into course procedures.

(CSU) (Degree Credit)

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis

General Chemistry 5 Units: 48 lecture hours and 96 lab hours
Continuation of fundamental chemistry including, but not limited to, ionic equilibrium, acid/base chemistry, thermodynamics and electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry and descriptive chemistry.

Microbiology

5 Units: 54 hours lecture and 108 hours lab per term.

This course studies morphology, taxonomy, metabolism, and molecular genetics of microbes with an emphasis on bacteria, protozoa, viruses, helminths, and fungi. The role of microorganisms in the disease process, epidemiology, immunology and chemotherapeutic control measures, environmental impact and industrial application are discussed. Lab exercises focus on the development of basic techniques in aseptic handling, visualization, and quantification of microbes. Other lab exercises include sampling water and soil for medically or environmentally important microbes, assessing antibiotic sensitivity, fluorescent microscopy, and immunoassays. The course is designed for students pursuing a career or major in microbiology and various allied health professions.

(CSU) (UC) (Degree Credit) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC

Health Microbiology

4 Units:

Presents practical and theoretical aspects of medical microbiology to meet the needs of those in allied health professions. Provides basic knowledge of the microbial world by covering diversity, structure, metabolic and genetic characteristics, cultivation and control. Emphasis is placed in human-microbe interactions especially infectious diseases. Laboratory deals with identification, growth, and control of microorganisms. Prior completion of Biology 109 or 149 recommended.

Internship

1-4 Units:

On-the-job training experience with a company or organization.  Internships not only help students to build technical skills, it helps them grow their social and networking skills.