Bioscience covers a wide selection of scientific disciplines that aims to improve the quality of life of humans, plants, and animals. Biotechnology is an old area of study. Earliest examples include selective breeding to produce livestock and crops with desired physical traits and the use of microorganisms to produce foods such as cheese and select beverages.
One important aspect of the bioscience industry is stability. According to Cleveland State University’s Center for Economic Development, overall employment opportunities within the state of Ohio have fallen. However, the bioscience or biotechnology sector has continued to grow and add jobs.
The successful student will be a dedicated individual who will acquire the technical skills and attention to detail necessary to carry out complex tests and procedures in a wide variety of laboratory settings. Work settings include medical research, agricultural research, product testing, pharmacology, forensics, and manufacturing.
Areas of study included in the curriculum include microbiology, histology, plant, and animal bioscience, genetics, pharmacology, and toxicology. In addition, good laboratory practices are emphasized along with proper laboratory notebook composition.
The Associate of Science degree is awarded at the completion of the program. A minimum grade of C is required in BIOL 1230 , BIOL 1231 , BIOL 1550 , HLST 1010 , MATH 1110 , CHEM 1210 , and all BIOS courses in order to meet education and graduation requirements.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate competence in standard laboratory techniques and use of technology and equipment.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to research and communicate (visually, orally and in writing) credible scientific information from a variety of sources.
- Students will collect, analyze and interpret data using the scientific method.
- Students will calculate, analyze, solve, interpret, and graph quantitative data.