Bioscience Technology (BSC)

Bioscience Technology (BSC)

Bioscience technicians perform procedures in chemical and biotechnology laboratories, pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, and research laboratories. Advanced skills in biology and chemistry, microbiology, and laboratory skills are important for a successful career in bioscience or biotechnology.

Students who successfully complete the Bioscience Technology program at Cincinnati State earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. The curriculum prepares graduates for entry-level employment in bioscience or biotechnology, or for transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biological science or related fields. Students entering the program should have a strong background in or aptitude for the sciences, a willingness to follow structured methods, ability to explore molecules and cells, and a desire to help people and enhance the world through the use of biotechnology.

Bioscience Certificate (BSCC)

The Bioscience Certificate is designed for someone with a desire to learn the basics of the biotechnology field, either as an add-on to another degree or as a new career path. The certificate curriculum contains less rigorous biology and chemistry requirements than the degree program, but has most of the same laboratory courses. Students learn genetic engineering, DNA forensics, aseptic technology and microbiology basics, protein isolation techniques, protein and DNA electrophoresis, PCR technology, and more.

Bioscience employees are expected to pay attention to cleanliness, detail, and protocol; have background in biology and science concepts; and have good communication skills. Graduates may be hired as laboratory assistants using equipment specific to the biotechnology field, or as technicians in bio-manufacturing industries.

For more information, please contact the Health and Public Safety Division at (513) 569-1670.

Bioscience Technology (BSC)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
BSC 108Bioscience Skills and Regulations ( B) 334
BIO 131Biology 1 ( G) 345
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
Semester 2  
BSC 115Bioscience Laboratory Methods ( T) 233
BIO 132Biology 2 ( B) 345
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication ( G) 303
Semester 3  
MAT 151College Algebra ( G) 404
CHE 121General Chemistry 1 ( B) 404
CHE 131General Chemistry 1 Lab ( B) 031
BSC 150Scientific Literacy for Bioscience ( B) 202
XXX XXX Arts/Humanities Elective or Social/Behavioral Science Elective (G)  303
Semester 4  
BSC 205Molecular Genetics Laboratory ( T) 265
CHE 122General Chemistry 2 ( T) 404
CHE 132General Chemistry 2 Lab ( T) 031
BIO XXX Biology Elective (T)  303
Semester 5  
BSC 210Protein Purification and Analysis ( T) 265
XXX XXX Bioscience Elective (T)  122
CHE XXX Organic Chemistry Elective (T)  404
Semester 6  
BSC XXX Bioscience Experiential Learning Elective (T)  1201
Total Credits:  485463

Electives 

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
Biology Elective
BIO 220Microbiology3
BIO 230Pharmacology3
BIO 240Pathophysiology3
BIO 250Cell Biology5
BIO 260Genetics5
BIO 270Ecology5
BIO 275Animal Behavior5
Bioscience Elective
BSC 120Cell Culture2
BSC 160Quality and Compliance in Biomanufacturing3
BSC 230Introduction to Bioinformatics3
MET 230Quality Control and Six Sigma4
EVT 168Radiation Safety2
EVT 170Water and Wastewater Treatment and Analysis4
Organic Chemistry Elective
CHE 111Bio-Organic Chemistry4
CHE 201
  & CHE 211
Organic Chemistry 1
   and Organic Chemistry 1 Lab
5
Arts/Humanities Elective or Social/Behavioral Science Elective
CULT 105Issues in Human Diversity3
CULT 110Social Issues in Technology3
PHI 110Ethics3
PSY 100Applied Psychology: Human Relations3
PSY 102Applied Psychology: Stress Management3
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 100Survey of Social Issues3
SOC 105Introduction to Sociology3
Bioscience Experiential Learning Elective
BSC 280Bioscience Capstone Project2
BSC 191Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Bioscience1
BSC 291Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Bioscience2
BSC 294Internship 1: Bioscience2

Bioscience Certificate

All certificate-seeking students must complete a First Year Experience (FYE) course as part of the first 12 credit hours taken at Cincinnati State.

Program Prerequisites: MAT 150 Intermediate Algebra (minimum grade C) or appropriate placement test score, and IM 111 Computer Applications 1 or appropriate computer literacy placement test score.

Semester 1LecLabCredits
BSC 105Laboratory Skills for Bioscience 233
BSC 110Biomanufacturing Workplace Regulations 303
BIO 111Biology: Unity of Life 324
IM 120Electronic Spreadsheets: Microsoft Excel 233
MAT 151College Algebra 404
Semester 2  
CHE 110Fundamentals of Chemistry 334
COMM 110Public Speaking 303
BSC 115Bioscience Laboratory Methods 233
BSC 280Bioscience Capstone Project 042
Total Credits:  221829

Courses

BSC 100 Survey of Bioscience and Biotechnology
2 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

An introductory course on the disciplines and scope of bioscience and biotechnology. Topics include: applications of bioscience and biotechnology, medical advances, bioethics, current developments, and career opportunities.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092, or appropriate placement test scores
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BSC 105 Laboratory Skills for Bioscience
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on skills required for safe and regulated work in a laboratory environment. Topics include: lab documentation, safety, measurements and calculations, making solutions, and aseptic technique.
Prerequisites: BIO 111, or AFL 085 and AFM 092 or appropriate placement test scores, and HS biology within the last 7 years (minimum grade C)
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BSC 108 Bioscience Skills and Regulations
4 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on bioscience techniques and workplace regulations required for safe laboratories and related work environments. Topics include: documentation, calculations, aseptic techniques, safety, standard operating procedures (SOP), FDA regulations, and good manufacturing practices (GMP).
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 095 or appropriate placement test scores, and BIO 111 or high school Biology within the past 7 years (minimum grade C)
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BSC 110 Biomanufacturing Workplace Regulations
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on the regulatory environment of biomanufacturing. Topics include: scope of the biomanufacturing industry; regulations such as CRF 21, GMP, GLP, and GCP; and writing and following SOPs, batch records, and FDA warning letters and 483 notices.
Prerequisites: AFL 085 and AFM 092, or appropriate placement test scores
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BSC 115 Bioscience Laboratory Methods
3 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 3 Lab Hours.

A course on techniques used in bioscience laboratories. Topics include: microscopy, aseptic technique, growth and identification of microbes, spectroscopy, genetic transformation, DNA isolation, and troubleshooting experiments.
Prerequisites: BSC 108, and BIO 111 or BIO 131, and CHE 100 or high school Chemistry within the past 7 years, and ENG 101 (minimum grade C for all)
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BSC 120 Cell Culture
2 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 6 Lab Hours.

A course on skills and techniques necessary to perform cell culture. Topics include: cell counts, biosafety, plant culture, yeast culture, mammalian cell culture, and fermentation techniques.
Prerequisites: BSC 115
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BSC 150 Scientific Literacy for Bioscience
2 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on reading, writing, and speaking skills for science professionals. Topics include: style and structure for scientific journal articles, the peer review process, and oral presentations of scientific information.
Prerequisites: None
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BSC 160 Quality and Compliance in Biomanufacturing
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on quality assurance elements in biomanufacturing industries. Topics include: current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), lean manufacturing and Six Sigma, root cause analysis, validation and calibration, and regulatory compliance. Students must attend field trips to local biomanufacturing companies.
Prerequisites: BSC 108
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BSC 191 Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Bioscience
1 Credit. 1 Lecture Hour. 20 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their first part-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students are expected to register for academic courses during the same semester. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures in order to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: BIO 132 and (BSC 205 or BSC 210) (minimum grade C for all)
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BSC 198 First Year Special Topics in Bioscience
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Bioscience, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: None
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BSC 199 First Year Independent Project in Bioscience
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Bioscience that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Bioscience faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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BSC 205 Molecular Genetics Laboratory
5 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 6 Lab Hours.

A course on molecular genetics techniques. Topics include: DNA and RNA isolation and purification, constructing screening libraries, electrophoresis, vector construction, Southern blot, PCR, DNA sequencing, and microarrays.
Prerequisites: BSC 115, and MAT 121 or MAT 151 (minimum grade C for all)
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BSC 210 Protein Purification and Analysis
5 Credits. 2 Lecture Hours. 6 Lab Hours.

A course on isolation, purification, and analysis of proteins from cells. Topics include: chromatography, electrophoresis, Western blot, enzyme assays, proteomics, ELISA and other immunochemistry methods for detecting proteins.
Prerequisites: BSC 115, and MAT 121 or MAT 151 (minimum grade C for all)
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BSC 230 Introduction to Bioinformatics
3 Credits. 3 Lecture Hours. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on computer applications, statistics, and genetics used in computational biology and bioinformatics. Topics include: the Human Genome and Human Proteome projects, multiple sequence analysis, genetic conditions and trends, and use of databases such as BLAST, FASTA, and Entrez.
Prerequisites: BIO 111 or BIO 131
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BSC 280 Bioscience Capstone Project
2 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 4 Lab Hours.

Students design and perform a project under the supervision of a Bioscience instructor. Topics include: planning a budget, and documenting project results.
Prerequisites: BIO 132, and ( BSC 205 or BSC 210)
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BSC 291 Full-Time Cooperative Education 1: Bioscience
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their first full-time field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow cooperative education policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: BIO 132 and ( BSC 205 or BSC 210) (minimum grade C for all)
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BSC 294 Internship 1: Bioscience
2 Credits. 1 Lecture Hour. 40 Lab Hours.

Students seeking an associate's degree participate in their first unpaid field learning experience related to their degree. Students must follow applicable policies and procedures to earn credit. Grades issues are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: BIO 132, BSC 205, or BSC 210 (minimum grade C for all)
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BSC 298 Second Year Special Topics in Bioscience
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A course on selected topics related to Biology, which gives students opportunities to study information not currently covered in other courses. Grades issued are A, B, C, D, or F.
Prerequisites: None
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BSC 299 Second Year Independent Project in Bioscience
1-9 Credits. 0 Lecture Hour. 0 Lab Hour.

A project related to Bioscience that is completed by one or more students to meet specific educational goals. Projects must have prior approval and supervision by Bioscience faculty. Grades issued are Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites: Vary by section
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Faculty

Program Chair/Advisor

Aaron Greene BS, MS
aaron.greene@cincinnatistate.edu