Agricultural Biotechnology

Overview

The Agricultural Biotechnology curriculum is a program that focuses on the application of molecular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics to the study of biomolecular structures, functions, and processes specific to plants and plant substances.  Course work includes instruction in the biochemistry of plant cells, nuclear-cytoplasmic interactions, molecular cytostructures, photosynthesis, plant molecular genetics, and the molecular biology of plant diseases.

Degrees Offered

Associate in Applied Science – see Course Plan Below

Certificates Offered

Agricultural Biotechnology Certificate

Career Options

Graduates of the Agricultural Biotechnology program can work as research technicians, lab managers, field trial coordinators, and greenhouse managers.

Salary Information:

  • The median salary for someone that obtains this degree is $39,000. This will vary depending on economy and geographic location.

Please use the Occupational Outlook Handbook to research employment and career data by field of degree.

Information about the Occupational Outlook Handbook can be found here.

Career Options Include:

  • Research technician
  • Lab manager
  • Field trial coordinators
  • Greenhouse management

The median salary for someone that obtains this degree is $39,000. This will vary depending on economy and geographic location.

Please use the Occupational Outlook Handbook to research employment and career data by field of degree.

Information about the Occupational Outlook Handbook can be found here.

Contact Information

Dr. Elizabeth Riley
336-506-4192
elizabeth.riley@alamancecc.edu

 

 

Course Plan

Agricultural Biotechnology A.A.S Degree (A20110) – Program Layout

1st Year, Fall 1st Year, Spring 1st Year, Summer 2nd Year, Fall 2nd Year, Spring
ACA 111, College Student Success (1) BIO 112, General Biology II (4) BTC 150, Bioethics (3) BIO 280, Biotechnology (3) CHM 132, Organic and Biochemistry (4)
BIO 111, General Biology I (4) BIO 275, Microbiology (4) MAT 152, Statistical Methods I (4) BTC 285, Cell Culture (3) HOR 134, Greenhouse Operations (3)
HOR 162, Applied Plant Science (3) COM 110, Intro to Communication OR COM 231, Public Speaking (3)   CHM 131, Intro to Chemistry (3) HOR 266, Micropropagation (3)
BTC 181, Basic Lab Techniques (4) HOR 168, Plant Propagation (3)   CHM 131A, Intro to Chemistry Lab (1) SOC/BEH SCI Elective (3)
HUM/FA Elective (3) ENG 111, Writing and Inquiry (3) AGR 170, Soil Science (3) HOR Elective (2-3)
HOR Elective (2-3)        
Total Hours: 17-18 Total Hours: 17 Total Hours: 7 Total Hours: 13 Total Hours: 14-16

Students will take 5 or 6 credit hours from the following elective courses.

WBL 111 and 121 or 112, Work-Based Learning (2)

AGR 139, Introduction to Sustainable Ag. (3)

HOR 225, Nursery Production (3)