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College Catalog 2008-2010

Biological and Chemical Technologies

Alternative Energy Technology
Credential: Associate in Applied Science Degree in Alternative Energy Technology:Biofuels
A20130

This curriculum is designed to provide students with the educational foundation and technical skills necessary to obtain employment in the biofuels industry, or ability to create a new business dealing with biofuels.

Coursework includes general education, alternative energy resource management, chemistry, industrial safety, and an array of coursework specific to all sectors of the biofuels industry.

Graduates should qualify for numerous positions within the industry. Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, plant technician, plant manager, lab technician, sales manager, process coordinator, fuel purchaser, or business owner.

  • Entrance Standards: See General Admission Standards.
  • Academic Standards: See General Academic Standards.
  • Program Length: 5 semesters
  • Career Pathway Option: Associate in Applied Science Degree in Alternative Energy Technology: Biofuels
  • Program Site: Chatham Campus - Day Program, Evening Program

Course Requirements for Biofuels Technician Degree

A. General Education Courses (16 SHC)

C-L-SHC
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3-0-3
ENG 111A Expository Writing Lab 0-2-1
*ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting 3-0-3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3-0-3
**MAT 140 Survey of Mathematics 3-0-3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3-0-3

B. Required Major Core Courses (20 SHC)

C-L-SHC
ALT 110 Biofuels I 3-0-3
ALT 120 Renewable Energy Tech 2-2-3
ALT 210 Biofuels II 3-2-4
ALT 211 Biofuels Analytics 2-4-4
ALT 230 Biofuels Waste Management 2-0-2

Chemistry (Select 4 SHC):

C-L-SHC
CHM 131 Intro to Chemistry 3-0-3
CHM 131A Intro to Chemistry Lab 0-2-1
CHM 151 General Chemistry I 3-3-4

C. Other Required Hours (32 SHC)

C-L-SHC
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2-2-3
ELC 112 AC/DC Electronics 3-6-5
ISC 121 Environmental Health and Safety 3-0-3
MEC 110 Intro to CAD/CAM 1-2-2
MEC 130 Mechanisms 2-2-3
MNT 230 Pumps and Piping Systems 1-3-2

Select one of the following courses:

C-L-SHC
CHM 132 Organic and Biochemistry 3-3-4
CHM 152 General Chemistry II 3-3-4

Other Required Courses: (Select 9 SHC)

C-L-SHC
AGR 139 Intro into Sustainable Agriculture 3-0-3
BPM 110 Bioprocessing Practices 3-4-5
BUS 280 REAL Small Business 4-0-4
ELC 128 Intro to PLC 2-3-3

Select 1 hour from the following courses:

C-L-SHC
ALT 281 Biofuels Project Experience 0-6-2
OR
COE 111 Co-op Work Experience I 0-10-1

Total Semester Hours Credit Required for Graduation: 68

Semester Curriculum for Biofuels Technology Degree

1st Semester (Fall)

C-L-SHC
ALT 110 Biofuels I 3-0-3
ALT 120 Renewable Energy Tech 2-2-3
Chemistry Elective 4
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 2-2-3
MAT 140 Survey of Mathematics 3-0-3
10-4-16

2nd Semester (Spring)

C-L-SHC
ALT 210 Biofuels II 3-2-4
Chemistry Elective 3-3-4
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3-0-3
ENG 111A Expository Writing Lab 0-2-1
MEC 110 Intro to CAD/CAM 1-2-2
Required Elective 3-0-3
13-10-17

3rd Semester (Summer)

C-L-SHC
ALT 281 Biofuels Project Experience 0-6-2
OR
COE 111 Co-op Work Experience I 0-10-1
0-6/10-1/2

4th Semester (Fall)

C-L-SHC
ALT 211 Biofuels Analytics 2-4-4
ELC 112 AC/DC Electricity 3-6-5
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3-0-3
Required Elective 3-0-3
ISC 121 Environmental Health and Safety 3-0-3
14-10-18

5th Semester (Spring)

C-L-SHC
ALT 230 Biofuels Waster Management 2-0-2
*ENG 114 Research and Reporting 3-0-3
MEC 130 Mechanisms 2-2-3
MNT 230 Pumps and Piping Systems 1-3-2
Required Elective 3-0-3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3-0-3
14-5-16

* Students may substitute ENG 113.

** Students may substitute MAT 171.

Total Semester Hours Credit: 68

Alternative Energy Technology
Credential: Certificate in Biofuels Production
C20130

This curriculum is designed to equip students with the skills needed to attain a technical position in the biofuels industry. Students learn the fundamentals of biofuels as well as laboratory and mechanical skills needed to conduct quality control testing and diagnose biofuels related problems.

Upon completion of the program students will be employable in a variety of biofuels markets, including fuel production, analysis, marketing, and distribution. In addition, students will have an opportunity to create a business plan around any aspect of the biofuels industry.

Course Requirements for Biofuels Technician Degree

Required Major Core Classes (16 SHC)

C-L-SHC
ALT 110 Biofuels I 3-0-3
ALT 210 Biofuels II 3-2-4
ALT 211 Biofuels Analytics 2-4-4
BPM 110 Bioprocessing Practices 3-4-5
11-10-16

Total Semester Hours Credit Required for Graduation: 16