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Applied Science and Engineering Technology

The Applied Science and Engineering Technology program prepares students for employment in a range of scientific technology occupations and also provides a foundation for transfer to four-year technology programs. The flexible design of the program allows students to choose from a range of scientific technology fields, including biotechnology and process technology, among others.

The program includes a set of courses required of all students and gives students the opportunity to select specialized courses in a particular field of interest, leading to a certificate of completion in a specialized field. Some students may initially opt to finish a certificate without completing the degree in order to directly enter the workforce. Students who do so and who later decide to pursue the associate"s degree will have a seamless transition to the degree program, since all credits earned through the certificate of completion will also count toward the degree itself.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the Applied Science and Engineering Technology curriculum, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate foundation knowledge in at least one technology field.
  • Demonstrate laboratory skills in basic sciences.
  • Demonstrate the ability to approach current societal issues from a scientific perspective.
  • Present technical information in oral, written or graphic format.
  • Work effectively as part of a team.
  • Articulate and practice professional skills as applied to a technical area of expertise.
In addition, students will be prepared to work in a range of industries at the technician level. Below is a list of some of the positions a graduate of the program could fill (depending on which certificate or certificates are completed).
  • Process technician or operator in industries such as oil refining, food processing and water purification.
  • Biotechnology technician in the bio-pharmaceutical industry.
  • Biomedical research technician.

Program Entry Requirement:
This program is open to all interested students. However, some certificates offered as part of the degree are select, and students interested in particular certificate programs should consult with the department head. All new students are normally required to take the College"s placement test at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Admission to the Biomedical Technician Training program (BTTP) is selective. BTTP is a partnership between Community College of Philadelphia and Wistar Institute. To apply, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits at an accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.5 or better and also completed the following courses with a grade of "C" or better: Math 118, English 101, Chemistry 110 or 121 and Biology 123. Students must successfully complete an in-person interview with the BTTP Academic coordinator and BTTP program director from Wistar Institute.

Students interested in one of these select programs should contact the Division of Math, Science and Health Careers in Room W2-7 or by telephone at 215-751-8430 in order to learn more about the application process.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:
A minimum of 60 credits as prescribed must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. A minimum grade of "C" must be achieved in all certificate and required program courses. Specific certificates taken in conjunction with the degree may require more than 60 credits.

Applied Science and Engineering Technology Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ASET 101 - Science, Technology and Public Policy 3 Science
Math 118 - Intermediate Algebra 3 Mathematics
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 Composition
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology 3 Tech Comp
Choose one*
PHYS 105 - Survey of Physics (or higher) or Chem 110 - Introductory Chemistry (or higher) or BIOL 106 - General Biology I or higher
4

Second Semester

ASET 110 - Safety, Health and the Environment or ENGR 211 - Material, Safety & Equipment Overview for Nanofabrication 3
Choose one*: PHYS 105 - Survey of Physics (or higher) or Chem 110 - Introductory Chemistry (or higher) or BIOL 106 - General Biology I or higher 4
Math Elective 3
ENGL102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
Directed Elective*** 3

Third Semester

ASET 130 - Quality Control/Quality Assurance
Choose one*: PHYS 105 - Survey of Physics (or higher) or CHEM 110 - Introductory Chemistry (or higher) or BIOL 106 - General Biology I or higher 4
Lab Science or Applied Science Course** 3/4
Lab Science or Applied Science Course** 3/4
Directed Elective 3

Fourth Semester

Directed Elective*** 3
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3 Humanities
Social Science Elective 3 Social Science
Lab Science or Applied Science Course** 3

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 60

Directed Electives
Any BTT course
Any PTEC course
Any Biology course above BIOL 106 except BIOL 109-110
Any Chemistry course above CHEM 110
Any Engineering course
Any Physics course above PHYS 105 except PHYS 108 Descriptive Astronomy
Any Math course above MATH 118 except MATH 153 Mathematics of Personal Finance
Any Computer Science course
Earth Science EASC 111 or EASC 111H
Management MNGT 121, MNGT 141 or MNGT 250
ADC 103 CAD Basics

General Education Requirements
Students in this program are required to complete at least one course that is designated Writing Intensive, at least one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and at least one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. Students must choose electives that fulfill these requirements. Students may use the same course to fulfill more than one of these requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College"s general education requirements to help in your selection.

* Students must take at least one Physics course, at least one Biology course and at least one Chemistry course.

** Lab Science or Applied Science courses are selected to meet specialized employment and/or transfer requirements and are selected with the approval of the department head.

*** Directed Elective Courses

For More Information Contact:
The Division of Math, Science and Health Careers, Room W2-7, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8430; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.

Applied Science And Engineering Technology Proficiency Certificates