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Bioscience Technology (BSC)


Bioscience technicians perform procedures in chemical and biotechnology laboratories, pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, and research laboratories. Students who successfully complete the Bioscience Technology program at Cincinnati State earn an Associate of Applied Science degree while developing the skills important to a successful career in bioscience or biotechnology. These skills include advanced knowledge of biology and chemistry, microbiology, and laboratory techniques.

The curriculum prepares graduates for entry-level employment in bioscience or biotechnology, or for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in biological science or related fields.

Students entering the Bioscience Technology 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.

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Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Perform procedures in pharmaceutical laboratories, research laboratories, or bio-manufacturing
  • Pursue additional education in biological or medical studies

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Biological Technician
  • Lab Assistant

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$39,750 median anual salary

Employment Outlook

Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing fields in Ohio, and several new biopharmaceutical manufacturing firms have opened recently in Southwest Ohio. The demand for qualified employees is high and this trend is expected to continue as new companies grow. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of biological technicians is projected to grow 10 percent through 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Continued growth in biotechnology and medical research is expected to increase demand for these workers.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • University of Cincinnati
  • Ohio State University

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Aerotek Inc.
  • Meridian Bioscience Inc.

Co-op Salary Projections

$9 - $12/hour


Effective 2018-2019 academic year

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


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
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

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum


Program Chair
Greg Klein, MS
(513) 569-5785
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