Placement Exam Preparation

Prerequisite Courses



An introduction to the field of biotechnology including applications of biotechnology in molecular biology, biochemistry, research, bioethics, and laboratory safe practices in a regulated environment. The course is supplemented with exciting hands-on laboratory exercises, and real-world research and industry applications which enable the student to master basic skills in working in a biotechnology lab; solution preparation, safe handling of hazardous material, nucleic acid isolation, recombinant DNA cloning, PCR and ELISA. The course concludes with a bioscience career exploration including applied research, biomanufacturing, biomedical devices, and clinical trials.

Lecture to focus on an integrative approach to the study of biomolecules with an emphasis on protein structures, functions and uses in a regulated biotechnology laboratory. Students will investigate the mechanisms involved in the transfer of from DNA sequences to proteins to biochemical functions. The course will integrate biological and chemical concepts with laboratory techniques that are used in research and industry; protein and enzyme assays, column chromatography, FPLC, spectrophotometry, PAGE and Western Blotting. Critical thinking will be applied in laboratory exercises using inquiry-based approaches, troubleshooting and analyzing experimental data. The course concludes with advanced resume writing and interviewing skills.

General Biology course designed for science majors and students with a strong science background who desire an in-depth approach to biological topics. An introduction to the physical and chemical organization of living organisms; cell structure, function, and metabolism; classical and molecular genetics; gene regulation and genetic engineering. BIOL 1406 and BIOL 1408 may not both be counted towards graduation.

A course designed for students majoring in business, mathematics, science, engineering, or certain engineering-related technical fields. Content includes the rational, real, and complex number systems; the study of functions including polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions and related equations; inequalities; and systems of linear equations and determinants. Prerequisites: MATD 0390 with a C or better or satisfactory score on the ACC Mathematics Assessment Test taken before enrolling in ACC mathematics courses.

Breakdown of Questions

Number/Type of Question Area of Study
8 points – match up Appropriate glassware and measurement tools
27 points – calculation and short answer Preparing solutions (e.g. percent (w/v) or molar, multi component, buffers, parallel/serial dilution, and preparing an agarose gel). Included calculations, order of the steps in preparation of the solution, and indicate what equipment should be used.
20 points – calculation and short answer Use MS Excel to graph a standard curve, perform linear regression analysis, and determine an unknown using the standard curve. Understand what data should be used for determining the graph (e.g. how to determine the concentration of a protein solution using Bradford Assay). Apply Beer’s law.
30 points – Multiple Choice Basic Cellular and Molecular Biology, chemistry, biochemistry, regulatory affairs, and Biotechnology principles.
15 points – Regulatory Affairs Understand important quality assurance and quality control principles working in a regulated environment; equipment validation (IQ/OQ/PQ), documentation, cGMP. Write an SOP.