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Bachelors of Applied Science (BAS) Degree

B.A.S. degrees are designed for students who wish to earn a bachelor's degree for career advancement after earning their A.A. or A.S. degree.


AT A GLANCE

Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

  • Test programs or databases, correct errors, and make necessary modifications. 
  • Plan, coordinate and implement security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification or disclosure. 
  • Modify existing databases and database management systems or direct programmers and analysts to make changes.
  • Specify users and user access levels for each segment of database. 
  • Write and code logical and physical database descriptions and specify identifiers of database to management system or direct others in coding descriptions.
PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 120

Articulates from existing Associates in Science/Associates in Applied Science degrees in the computer science field. The core curriculum includes coursework in project management, systems design and programming, business law, finance and business writing.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Install, configure, back-up and restore database management systems.
  • Optimize operations and maintain integrity of database management systems.
  • Apply current theories and practices in program and resource management.
  • Create web-based applications in a three-tiered architecture that will allow secure access to a database management system.
  • Explore data mining and the process involved in extracting patterns of information from large databases.
  • Create advanced client applications that will interact with database management systems in an N-Tier distributed and secure architecture environment.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 
  • Information Ordering — Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). 
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. 
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). 
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

As a graduate of this program, students will be prepared to work in information technology-related positions such as Information Technology Managers, Application Programmers, Network Administrators, Database Administrators, Computer Software Engineers, Systems Analysts and Business Analysts.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

After completion of this program, students may choose to apply for graduate study at a public or private university.

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

Plan, initiate, and manage information technology (IT) projects. Lead and guide the work of technical staff. Serve as liaison between business and technical aspects of projects. Plan project stages and assess business implications for each stage. Monitor progress to assure deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met.

  • Manage project execution to ensure adherence to budget, schedule, and scope. 
  • Develop or update project plans for information technology projects including information such as project objectives, technologies, systems, information specifications, schedules, funding, and staffing. 
  • Monitor or track project milestones and deliverables. 
  • Confer with project personnel to identify and resolve problems. 
  • Develop and manage work breakdown structure (WBS) of information technology projects.
PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 120

Students in this program take 21 credits of upper division (junior/senior level) core courses that provide a broad applied background in finance, legal and ethical issues, communications, leadership, and project management. An additional 21 credits of upper division concentration area courses focus on coursework to prepare students for employment in specialized areas in the information technology field, such as networking and security assurance or database administration and project management.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus; most courses in the program are offered online.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Participate in the initiation and management of IT projects through knowledge of scheduling, budgeting, quality and cost control, project communications, risk analysis, resource leveling and procurement.
  • Coordinate IT integration with an understanding of organizational context and architecture, acquisition and sourcing, and testing and quality assurance.
  • Provide leadership in change management through the multipronged use of scheduling, resource allocation and capacity planning in the design, development and implementation of information systems or system changes.
  • Influence project quality by employing measurement tools for process improvement and control and by utilizing team management concepts and problem-solving skills.
  • With an understanding of acquisition fundamentals, implement strategic approaches to procurement planning, execution and control.
  • Identify and diffuse risks, as well as resolve conflicts, in a project management setting.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. 
  • Oral Expression — Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 
  • Written Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 
  • Written Expression — Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. 
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Upon completion of this program, students may seek employment in a variety of business and organizational settings in information technology related areas for positions requiring a bachelor‘s degree for consideration.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

After completion of this program, students may choose to apply for graduate study at a public or private university.

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

To stay ahead of ever-evolving cyber threats, organizations are investing in information security personnel.

  • Develop plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure and to meet emergency data processing needs. 
  • Monitor current reports of computer viruses to determine when to update virus protection systems. 
  • Encrypt data transmissions and erect firewalls to conceal confidential information as it is being transmitted and to keep out tainted digital transfers. 
  • Perform risk assessments and execute tests of data processing system to ensure functioning of data processing activities and security measures. 
  • Modify computer security files to incorporate new software, correct errors, or change individual access status.
PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 120

Articulates from existing Associates in Science/Associates in Applied Science degrees in the computer science field. The core curriculum includes coursework in project management, systems design and programming, business law, finance and business writing.

This program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Use and configure network applications to secure the private and DMZ networks.
  • Configure Virtual Private Networks to secure network traffic.
  • Install and configure a Certificate Authority to issue certificates.
  • Implement procedures to secure web applications, including web application penetration testing.
  • Perform authentication with two-factor authentication methods.
  • Determine which network security policies should be applied in various environments.
  • Analyze computer systems before and after an intrusion and gather information and evidence about the possible attack in a legal, forensically sound and cost-effective manner.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). 
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. 
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. 
  • Written Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

As a graduate of this program, students will be prepared to work in information technology-related positions such as chief security officer, cryptologist, cyber security software engineer, digital forensic examiner, and information security analyst

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

After completion of this program, students may choose to apply for graduate study at a public or private university. Students can also pursue certification as a Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI).

LINKS

 


Associate in Arts (AA) Degrees

The Associate in Arts transfer degree equals the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. By earning your A.A. degree at PBSC, you are guaranteed admission to one of Florida's public universities to complete your bachelor’s degree. You also may transfer to certain private institutions or PBSC bachelor's programs. Our A.A. degree tracks will help guide you in selecting general education and elective courses that fit your desired major and the requirements of your chosen transfer school. Always work with your PBSC academic advisor in making your final choices.


AT A GLANCE

South Florida's bioscience industry needs highly trained professionals for cutting-edge jobs.

Biologists study life and living organisms, their life cycles, adaptations and environment.

They also may:

  • Conduct research of processes in natural or industrial ecosystems.
  • Examine characteristics or behavior of living organisms.
  • Analyze chemical compounds or substances.
  • Research diseases or parasites.
  • Review plans or proposals for environmental conservation.
PROGRAM COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the AA track.

Option 1: 

15 to FINISH: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester

Semester Courses maps below

Option 2:

FLEX to FINISH: 6+ semesters with 6-11 credits per semester.

Semester Courses maps below


ONCE YOU COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

Palm Beach State College's Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree track is designed for the student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university or state college as a junior to complete a bachelor's degree.

Biological Sciences graduates can go on to pursue jobs such as environmental technician, occupational health and safety specialist, research scientist and botanist.

AT A GLANCE

Chemistry is the science that deals with the composition and properties of substances and various elementary forms of matter.

Chemists conduct chemical analysis or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge.

They also may:

  • Test quality of materials or finished products.
  • Study effects of various methods of processing, preserving or packaging on composition or properties of foods.
  • Establish standards for products, processes or procedures.
  • Write technical papers or reports or prepare standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products or tests.
PROGRAM COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the AA track.

Option 1: 

15 to FINISH: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester

Semester Courses maps below

Option 2:

FLEX to FINISH: 6+ semesters with 6-11 credits per semester.

Semester Courses maps below


ONCE YOU COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

Palm Beach State College's Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree track is designed for the student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university or state college as a junior to complete a bachelor's degree.

Chemistry graduates can go on to pursue jobs such as engineer, forensic scientist, analytical chemist, pharmacologist and biotechnologist.

AT A GLANCE

Civil engineers perform duties in planning, designing and overseeing construction and maintenance of building structures and facilities, such as roads, railroads, airports, bridges, harbors, channels, dams, irrigation projects, pipelines, power plants, and water and sewage systems.

They also may:

  • Inspect project sites to monitor progress and ensure conformance to design specifications and safety or sanitation standards. 
  • Compute load and grade requirements, water flow rates, or material stress factors to determine design specifications. 
  • Provide technical advice to industrial or managerial personnel regarding design, construction, or program modifications or structural repairs. 
  • Test soils or materials to determine the adequacy and strength of foundations, concrete, asphalt or steel. 
  • Manage and direct the construction, operations or maintenance activities at project site.
PROGRAM COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the AA track.

Option 1: 

15 to FINISH: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester

Semester Courses maps below

Option 2:

FLEX to FINISH: 6+ semesters with 6-11 credits per semester.

Semester Courses maps below


ONCE YOU COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

Palm Beach State College's Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree track is designed for the student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university or state college as a junior to complete a bachelor's degree.

Civil Engineering graduates can go on to pursue jobs such as civil engineer, traffic engineer, bridge/structure inspection team leader and building control surveyor.

AT A GLANCE

Keep computers and people connected—and play an essential role in how we live and work today.

Computer & Information Science gives students both the network and computing skills needed to design and develop information systems.

They also may:

  • Assist in solving problems and support business operations and decision making.
  • Consult with users, management, vendors and technicians to determine computing needs and system requirements.
  • Design integrated computer systems.
  • Evaluate project designs to determine adequacy or feasibility.

 

PROGRAM COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the AA track.

Option 1: 

15 to FINISH: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester

Semester Courses maps below

Option 2:

FLEX to FINISH: 6+ semesters with 6-11 credits per semester.

Semester Courses maps below


ONCE YOU COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

Palm Beach State College's Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree track is designed for the student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university or state college as a junior to complete a bachelor's degree.

Computer & Information Science graduates can go on to pursue jobs such as applications software developer, systems engineer, computer systems analyst and computer and information research scientist. 

AT A GLANCE

Information Technology provides students with the essential knowledge and skills required to configure, install, troubleshoot computers, apps, networks and systems. Information Technology professionals are the computer experts and provide technical assistance to computer users.

They also may:

  • Install computer software and maintain computer hardware.
  • Update knowledge about emerging industry or technology trends.
  • Create databases to store electronic data.
  • Write computer programming code or design websites or web applications.
  • Develop computer or information security policies or procedures.

 

PROGRAM COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the AA track.

Option 1: 

15 to FINISH: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester

Semester Courses maps below

Option 2:

FLEX to FINISH: 6+ semester with 6-11 credits per semester.

Semester Courses maps below


ONCE YOU COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

Palm Beach State College's Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree track is designed for the student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university or state college as a junior to complete a bachelor's degree.

Information Technology graduates can go on to pursue jobs such as technical support administrator, programmer, service desk associate, network engineer, web developer and network technician.

AT A GLANCE

Aerospace engineers perform duties in designing, constructing and testing aircraft, missiles and spacecraft. They may conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacturing. Aerospace engineers also recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.

Mechanical engineers perform duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines and other mechanically functioning equipment. They oversee installation, operation, maintenance and repair of equipment such as centralized heat, gas, water and steam systems.

PROGRAM COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options for completing the AA track.

Option 1: 

15 to FINISH: 4 semesters with 15 credits per semester

Semester Courses maps below

Option 2:

FLEX to FINISH: 6+ semesters with 6-11 credits per semester.

Semester Courses maps below


ONCE YOU COMPLETE THE PROGRAM

Palm Beach State College's Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree track is designed for the student who plans to transfer to a Florida public university or state college as a junior to complete a bachelor's degree.

Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering graduates can go on to pursue jobs such as avionics engineer, design maintenance engineer, flight test engineer, application engineer, and aircraft/spacecraft designer.


Associates in Science (AS) Degrees

Career-oriented A.S. degree programs prepare you for immediate entry into the workforce or transfer into Palm Beach State College's bachelor's degree programs. Transfer to certain bachelor's degree programs at other colleges and universities is possible as well.


AT A GLANCE

Degree Programs in Biotechnology

Palm Beach State College offers two degree programs in biotechnology.

  1. Associate in Science (AS) degree
    • prepares students for entry into the biotechnology workforce
    • academic research
    • related industries
    • 61 credits
    • Requires completion of a 4-month Biotech internship outside of the College that provides training in real-world academic or industry research.

  2. A dual Associate in Arts (AA)/(AS) degree
    • designed for pre-med
    • students planning to transfer to a four-year university
    • 61-credits
    • Requires completion of a 4-month Biotech internship outside of the College that provides training in real-world academic or industry research.

Our award winning program is taught by PhD level scientific faculty and researchers committed to providing challenging courses to meet the needs of the growing biotech industry.

In addition to the AS degree, we offer a 19-credit College Credit Certificate (CCC) for students with a life science bachelor's degree who want to gain the lab skills and internship experience that employers expect.

We also offer a 30-credit Certificate for undergrads looking to stand out from the competition and add just a few Biotech courses to their AA degree plan. These certificates can boost a resume, job application, and applications to graduate or medical school. The 30 Credit Biotech CCC(6160) is eligible for Title IV Financial Aid, visit Federal Student Aid, an Office of the U.S. Department of Education, or Palm Beach State College Financial Aid Application Workshopsto learn more.

Palm Beach State's biotech business partnership, consisting of over 25 different biotech firms, allows our students unique internship opportunities which develop the skills and experience required for a successful career in the biotechnology and biomedical fields.

Local job opportunities are growing in biomedical research, bioenergy and biosciences. At Palm Beach State College you can chart your career path in exciting STEM fields including:

  • Biomedical Research in fields of Cancer, Diabetes, Aging, and Neurologic and other diseases/disorders
  • Medical Devices, diagnostics, implants, prosthetics, and assay development
  • Marine Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Manufacturing / Protein Production
  • Forensic Science applications (DNA isolation, genotyping, blood typing, chemical analysis, instrumentation)
  • Stem Cells (cells with the potential to develop into multiple tissue types)
  • Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics

Information Sessions are FREE but advanced registration is required.  To register or arrange for an individual tour call 561-207-5055 or email lesserb@palmbeachstate.eduAll events held at Palm Beach Gardens campus, unless otherwise noted.

Palm Beach Gardens Campus: 2019 Information Session Schedule
Date Start Time Room Registration Link
Oct. 16 1 p.m. SC217 Register
Nov. 13 1 p.m. SC217 Register
Dec. 11 1 p.m. SC217 Register

CONTACT INFO

Dr. Alexandra GorgevskaProfessor III, Department Chair of Biotechnology 
561-207-5003

LinkedIn Biotech Group Page

 

Advising Manual 

 

Student Testimonial

 


PROGRAM INFORMATION

Success Stories from our Graduates
   
 Fernando Ramirez

Fernando Ramirez

Life is filled with much more failures than victories, however, joining Palm Beach State College’s Biotechnology program was by far one of my biggest successes. This program provided me with a staff full of professors that are experienced, optimistic and fully committed to helping students acclimate themselves into the growing field of Biotechnology. If you have any interest in finding a career in the STEM field, I strongly urge you to consider this program! In just two years you can gain a fast-paced in-depth understanding of the field and the vast amounts of opportunities that will present itself with an A.S. degree. You will also be exposed to the latest lab techniques and equipment that is currently being used in laboratories around the world. The support, guidance and connections I made with all my professors and classmates also gave me the college social experience I craved. Thanks to all the investing and help my professors gave me, I was able to land an internship in the Scripps Research Institute under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Disney. I plan on continuing my education in the field of biochemistry and know that gaining an A.S. from this program will help me become a more attractive candidate for graduate school.

 

   
Angela Florio

Angela Florio

At 35 years old with ADHD, a freelance writing career, a B.S. in Industrial Design, and fond memories of my days as a veterinary technician, I decided to go back to school for a science degree. I entered the PBSC Biotechnology program through the Summer Math and Science Institute, and what I learned in that introductory class made me fall in love with research, discover my passion, and even develop new and unexpected interests! I could go on for days about what this program did for me: the lab-intensive curriculum and the emphasis on analysis and presentations have proven to be invaluable experience that students at traditional universities simply don’t get at this level. But the biggest thing for me is that this program showed me talents I didn't know I had, and set me on a path I would never have imagined. I came in intending to get my A.S. and get out; now, at 40 years old, I am about to begin my Ph.D. at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and I couldn’t be happier!

   
Tevin Ali

Tevin Ali

Tevin completed the PBSC Biotechnology Program, which led to his internship at Scripps Research Institute. In 2015 he won first place at Life Sciences South Florida Undergraduate Research Symposium for his oral presentation on drug design. He then went on to complete his undergraduate degree at FAU and is now pursuing a Masters in Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins University. He was invited as a STEM Activist to represent the student voice of the nation at the STEM National Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. after being named the 2017 State of Florida Student of the Year by The Florida Association of Colleges and Employers (FloridaACE).

   
Haya Ghannouma

Haya Ghannouma

Haya graduated from the Biotechnology Program in 2016-1 and was soon hired full-time as a Research Assistant in the Cancer Biology Lab at Scripps Florida, after completing her internship in this same lab.  In August 2016, Haya will start full-time at the University of Florida, pursuing her Bachelor’s in Microbiology and Cell Science.  In June Haya was awarded the 2016 Student of the Year Award from the Florida Association of Colleges & Employers. Read News article about Haya's award.

   
   

Juanita Sanchez

In this Spanish-language video, a graduate of Palm Beach State College’s Biotechnology College Credit Certificate program (Dec. 2015) describes the program and how it led to her new career as a research scientist at BioTools, Inc. (Video produced by Pellet Productions, Inc.)

Dr. Alexandra Gorgevska
Science Professor III
Department Chair Biotechnology 

decorative imageDr. Gorgevska is the Department Chair for Biotechnology. She also served as the Department Chair for Natural Sciences at Palm Beach State College 2011 thru 2018 as well as the Director of the Biotechnology Program and STEM Outreach in 2018. In 2017, she served as the Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Palm Beach Gardens Campus, overseeing all Natural Sciences, Allied Health, Health Concepts and Nutrition, Paralegal Studies and Business & Entrepreneurship.  

She received her Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry & Business Management from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Department of Chemistry at Wayne State University specializing in DNA-protein cross-links. Her research involved the investigation and discovery of novel mechanisms and structures of formalin cross-link formation between DNA and proteins that form as a result of the fixation process during biopsy preservation. She has worked as a research technician in the Vascular Research Laboratory at William Beaumont Hospital and a research fellow at the University of Michigan-Department of Physiology studying peripheral vascular occlusive disorders. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the National Institute on Aging, where she investigated the mechanisms of rare premature aging disorders, primarily that of Werner's Syndrome.

Dr. Gorgevska has and continues to be involved with the development and expansion of biotechnology curricula to meet the needs of the emerging bioscience community. In 2009, she was honored with the Distinguished New Faculty Award at the 20th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. She was a research mentor with the U.S. Army eCybermission program. She also served as the Curriculum Development Manager for the Employ Florida Banner Center for Life Sciences at Palm Beach State College, which was a 3-year 1.2 million dollar grant-funded strategic plan to modernize Florida's workforce in order to meet the workforce needs of the state. Dr. Gorgevska was the Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation Advanced Training Education (NSF-ATE) grant, a 2-year $200,000 funded project that helped to increase enrollment, retention and success of biotechnology students within the program and into their careers. She worked with the Quantum Foundation Science Path Institute, which was a 3-year grant initiative to provide professional development training and updated curriculum for high school science teachers. She helps represent the PBSC Biotechnology Program as part of the LSSF, Life Sciences South Florida consortium, including serving on the student research symposium planning committee. She worked with the PBSC Math & Science Institute for 10 years, which was a summer honors program for dual enrolled and PBSC students. She is currently involved with the PBSC STEM Collegiate High School program. She is also a chemistry instructor with the AAUW Tech Trek summer program for 8th grade girls. She strives to provide high quality instruction by recruiting well-qualified adjunct instructors from industry and research. She provides career mentorship to students in addition to seeking new, relevant curriculum to help train a well-qualified workforce.

Dr. Gorgevska Faculty Webpage

 

Dr. Kevin Ogden 

Adjunct Biotechnology Professorimage

Dr. Kevin Ogden has over 15 years of biomedical and bioinformatics research experience. He earned his B.S. in Physiology from Michigan State University, during which time he conducted research in the lab of Dr. Stephanie Watts in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department. He examined how altered serotonin signaling mechanisms in arteries contributes to hypertension. He then earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Systems Pharmacology from Emory University. During his Ph.D. studies with Dr. Stephen Traynelis in the Department of Pharmacology at Emory University, he investigated cellular communication in the brain and how disruption of this communication can lead to diseases such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. He defined two new drug-binding sites on an important signaling molecule in the brain, the NMDA receptor. He was also part of an interdisciplinary team project comprising pharmacologists and medicinal chemists that led to discovery of the first subunit-selective NMDA receptor positive allosteric modulator. Dr. Ogden next joined Dr. Gavin Rumbuagh’s lab at Scripps Florida to study how altered function of genes commonly mutated in intellectual disability and epilepsy contribute to the disrupted neural activity associated with these disorders. After Scripps, he moved into the genomics industry as a senior computational biologist at Ocean Ridge Biosciences. He develops new bioinformatic pipelines and evaluates genomic algorithms to address complex problems in next generation sequencing data analysis such as discovering new variants from RNA sequencing and estimating differential transcript isoform usage. He also designs custom ad-hoc analysis approaches tailored to discover new biological trends and insights from RNA sequencing experiments.

Dr. Kevin Ogden Faculty Webpage

 

Dr. Mark ClementzScience Professor I

mark clementzDr. Clementz is a professor of Biotechnology and Microbiology at Palm Beach State College. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute in the laboratory of Susana Valente. He earned his B.S. in Biology from Benedictine University and Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Loyola University Chicago. In his predoctoral work, he studied antagonism of the innate immune system by SARS coronavirus. As a postdoc, he characterized host cell restriction factors of HIV replication as well as investigated the mode of action of an HIV Tat inhibitor along with generation and characterization of HIV mutant virus against this inhibitor.

Dr. Clementz Faculty Webpage

 

Dr. Sirtana Yasui Adjunct Biotechnology Professor 

yasui

Dr. Yasui’s passion is making chemistry a more enjoyable and manageable subject to students, rather than a cringe-worthy requirement. She has combined experiences in research at federal and academic laboratories - with over 25 papers published; along with teaching at college and high school levels. These experiences have made her realize how crucial a chemistry background is for students, and she strives to help them develop an appreciation, and ultimately a passion for the subject. While she has a core method of teaching chemistry, it is adjusted every semester based of the background of each student.

Dr. Yasui graduated from Ohio University with Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry and worked at the Forensic Chemistry Center, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); University of Illinois (UIC) and Texas Christian University (TCU). Her research focused on food and drug tampering and/or poison cases; structures of proteins and small chiral molecules; and enzyme kinetics of heme porphyrins.

Dr. Sirtana Yasui Faculty Webpage

 

Edison Mejia Biotechnology Lab Specialist

edison Edison Mejia has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Antioquia- Colombia. His passion for science started 20 years ago while studying diagnosis, infection and epidemiology of Trypanosomiasis.

Edison later joined Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY where he worked for 12 years as a Research Specialist in the Molecular Genetic and Microbiology Department. During his time there, he worked with tissue culture and performed experiments with a chimera of Hepatitis C virus. He also conducted experiments on Yersinia bacterium and its interaction with eukaryotic cells. Edison then moved on to the Pharmacological Sciences Department where he participated in projects involving molecular cloning, protein expression and purification, structural and biochemical characterization of different mitochondrial proteins and X-Ray Crystallography.

Email Edison Mejia

Brenda Lesser Administrative Assistant II

561-207-5055  |  Email Brenda Lesser

As part of the biotechnology program at Palm Beach State College, students will be prepared to apply the hands-on knowledge learned at one of more than 25 leading bioscience companies and research institutes in our area!

Whatever your scientific interests may be, we can place you with an internship that will fulfill your future career interests and goals.

Upon successful completion of your internship, you will be equipped with the tools to either further your education or obtain a job within the biotech industry.


High School Student & Teacher Resources

Summer Internship in Biotechnology

Palm Beach State College’s Biotechnology Program offers a 6-week summer research internship program for high school students from mid-June through late July for 4-6 qualified high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career in science. Accepted students will come to the Gardens campus and learn hands-on lab skills such as pipetting, gel electrophoresis, preparing solutions and buffers, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), restriction digestion of DNA, and will apply these skills and more to an actual research project. Projects will involve molecular cloning, working with cultured mammalian cells or bacteria, or purifying proteins.

Admissions criteria

  1. Age/year: Rising high school juniors and seniors. Applicants must be 16 years of age at time of application, and must arrange their own transportation.

  2. Pre-req Courses: Applicants must have passed high school Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra. Familiarity with science concepts such as buffers, acids, bases, cellular organelles, and DNA. Advanced Placement (AP) Biology or Chemistry is preferred.  Ideally, applicants will have an understanding of what biotechnology is, as well as an awareness of biotechnology concepts such as PCR, plasmid transformation, and molecular cloning.

  3. Unofficial Transcript & Resume: Applicants for the internship must provide a copy of their Unofficial Transcript and a Resume describing their academic and community activities.

  4. Personal Statement: Applicants must submit a Personal Statement that includes why he/she is applying for the Biotechnology internship. 

  5. Sponsor: Internship applicants must list the contact information (email and phone number) of a high school Biology, Chemistry, or Algebra teacher that can serve as their reference/sponsor.  We are not requesting a letter.  We are requesting only that the teacher support the student’s application and be willing to work with PBSC faculty and staff to coordinate a post-internship presentation at your high school.

If accepted, interns must agree to attend all sessions and complete all assignments. Failure to agree will forfeit admission to the program.

2019 Internship Schedule:  Monday & Wednesdays from 10am – 2:30pm, June 24 through July 31 at the PBSC Gardens campus located at 3160 PGA Blvd, Bioscience Complex (SC214), Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.

2019 Application Window: Documents will be accepted only between May 6 through May 17, 2019.  Materials will not be accepted before or after these dates.  Materials submitted before or after these dates will not be reviewed. Applications will be reviewed in the order received.  Once all slots are filled, the program will no longer accept applications for that year. There is no waiting list and we cannot hold your application for the next year. We have only 4 spots available this year, so make sure to follow the guidelines!

How to apply: Submit all materials in a single email to Edison Mejia; Biotechnology Lab Specialist, mejiae@palmbeachstate.edu from May 6 through May 17, 2019. Materials must be submitted as a single email, which must include a greeting (Dear Mr. Mejia,) and a brief introductory text (My name is Jane Doe and I am applying for the 2019 summer Biotechnology high school internship at PBSC, etc).  Applications without this simple communication courtesy will not be considered. Students should indicate what they want to get out of this summer experience.

Biotechnology Courses
Course Course Title Credit Hours AA/AS 30-credit CCC ** 19-credit CCC*
ENC 1101 College Composition I 3 X    
MAC 1105 College Algebra 3 X X  
STAT 2023 Statistics 3 X    
BSC 1010 Principles of Biology I 3 X X  
BSC 1010L Principles of Biology I Lab 1 X X  
MCB 2010 Microbiology 3 X X  
MCB 2010L Microbiology Lab 1 X X  
CHM 1045 General Chemistry I 3 X X  
CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab 1 X X  
CHM 1046 General Chemistry II 3 X X  
CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Lab 1 X X  
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I 3 X    
CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1 X    
CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II 3 X    
CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1 X    
Humanities Any Course 3 X    
Social Any Course 3 X    
BSC 2421 Introduction to Biotech 3 X X X
BSC 2421L Introduction to Biotech Lab 2 X X X
BSC 2420 Biotech I 3 X X X
BSC 2420L Biotech I Lab 2 X X X
BSC 2427 Biotech II 3 X   X
BSC 2427L Biotech II Lab 2 X   X
BSC 2431 Bioinformatics 1 X X  
BSC 2416C Tissue Culture 2 X   X*
BSC 2426C Biotechnology Intrumentation 2 X   X*
BSC 2945C Biotech Internship 2 X   X*
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 61 30 19

* 4 Elective Credits Required for 19-credit CCC

** 30 Credit Biotech CCC(6160) is eligible for Title IV Financial Aid, visit Federal Student Aid, an Office of the U.S. Department of Education, or Palm Beach State College Financial Aid Application Workshops to learn more.

Q. Who can enroll in Biotechnology?
A. Biotechnology is a CONTROLLED ACCESS program.  Students must meet the following criteria in order to apply for admission to the AS degree program:

  • Apply for admission to Palm Beach State College
  • Have a minimum 2.6 GPA
  • Turn in the signed Acknowledgement of Receipt of Biotech Program Advising Manual
  • Turn in the signed Acknowledgement of Biotech Program Requirements
  • Have passed the following courses with a grade of C or higher:

BSC1010   Principles of Biology 1 (3 credits)
BSC1010   Principles of Biology 1 Lab (1 credit)
CHM1045   General Chemistry 1 (3 credits)
CHM1045L General Chemistry 1 Lab (1 credit)
MAC1105   College Algebra (3 credits)
ENC1101   College Composition (3 credits)
BSC2421   Introduction to Biotechnology (3 credits)
BSC2421L  Introduction to Biotechnology Lab (2 credits)


Q. What is a career in Biotechnology like?
A. A career in Biotechnology is exciting, challenging, and varies from person to person and from lab to lab.  Some students will go to work in research labs using all kinds of scientific equipment such as plate-readers, centrifuges, thermal cyclers, pH meters, spectrophotometers, and microscopes.  Some work with animal or cellular models of human diseases like cancer, Parkinsons, or diabetes, or with robotics to run assays to discover new medicines.  Most biotechnicians have to record data into a lab notebook, be familiar with computer programs like Excel, and discuss their results with their supervisor and coworkers. Your career in biotechnology may also involve reading about new technologies and trends in science. In general, the Biotechnology A.S. degree is designed to train scientists to enter the biomedical, agricultural, environmental, marine, or biofuel industries.


Q. What is Biotechnology?
A. A core tenet of Biotechnology is understanding the structures and functions of DNA, RNA, and proteins, and learning about different methods to isolate and study these biomolecules. Biotechnology is an applied science that creates technologies based on biology (including microbiology and botany) and chemistry.  A goal of Biotechnology is to make products and discoveries that improve our lives, such as insulin, antibiotics, animal models of human disease, Genetically Modified Organisms, vaccines, stem cells, and diagnostic tests, as examples. Medical devices such as hemodialysis, cardiac pacemakers, prosthetic limbs with touch sensation, and hearing aids are also examples of biotechnology.


Q. What are the Program codes?
A. Biotechnology A.S (61 credits): 2158     Biotechnology CCC (19 credits): 6159


Q. Is there a lot of science coursework required?
A. YES! The Biotech A.S. degree requires two (2) semesters of General Chemistry with labs (CHM1045/L and CHM1046/L), plus two (2) semesters of Organic Chemistry with labs (CHM2210/L and CHM2211/L), plus Principles of Biology with lab (BSC1010/L), and Microbiology with lab (MCB2010/L), and 19 credits of core Biotechnology coursework. Biotechnology has a very heavy focus on science and laboratory training so that you are prepared for the scientific workforce. We also require College Algebra (MAC1105) and Statistics (STA2023), and additional coursework in humanities, social science, composition, as per General Education requirements.


Q. Can I do an internship at Scripps Florida, Akron Biotech, or other research or industry facility?
A. An internship is required for students pursuing the AS degree and the 19-credit certificate (an internship is not required for the 30-credit certificate). Qualified PBSC students who have completed all pre-reqs for the Biotech A.S. or CCC are required to enroll in the 2-credit BSC2945C, Biotechnology Internship course.  In this 16-week course you work a minimum of 20 hours per week at a laboratory or facility outside of the College, gaining real world experience in biotechnology. Students work with the program director and faculty to write a resume and cover letter to secure an internship that is a good fit for the student's abilities, career goals, and interests, and that matches the needs of the internship site.


Q. Who is a good candidate for the Biotechnology program?
A. Students should consider their career goals when selecting Biotechnology as a degree objective.  Biotechnology is NOT only Biology and Chemistry.  The Biotech A.S degree requires 61 credits, including 19-credits of Biotech coursework at the Gardens campus. Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to consider Biotechnology as a major:

a) Students planning to graduate with the Biotechnology A.S. and/or CCC.
b) Students who want to earn multiple degrees: AA + Biotech A.S (or AA + Biotech CCC, or AA + Biotech AS + Biotech CCC).
c) Students who did well in Biology and Chemistry in high school.
d) Students who want to transfer to a 4-year university as a life science major (Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Chemistry, Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Pharmacy) and who will pursue the AS and AA degrees.
e) Students who enjoy science and want to pursue a career in biomedical science/research, agricultural biotech, marine or ecological biotech, or medical device design and manufacturing.
f) Students who plan to complete the required 16-credits of Chemistry coursework (CHM1045/L, CHM1046/L, CHM2210/L, and CHM2211/L). Do not put off enrolling in chemistry as this delay usually leads to a later graduation.
Please schedule a meeting with the Biotech program director or your adviser for more info.


Q. Who is NOT a good candidate for the Biotechnology Program?
A. We encourage students to schedule a meeting with the program director or your adviser for more info before selecting your degree objective.  Biotech is not for everyone.  We have found that students who do not perform well in Biotech courses share some of the following issues:

a) Students who did not take (or did poorly in) Biology and Chemistry in high school.
b) Students who do not plan to complete the required 19-credits of Biotech coursework. Instead, these students should declare AA as their major.
c) Students declaring Biotechnology as their major just for financial aid or registration purposes. This negatively impacts program completion rates.


Q. Can I transfer to a four-year university with the Biotech AS degree?
A. Students earning the Biotech AS degree need only 20 added credits (ENC1102 (3 credits), SPC1017 (3 credits), 1 course Humanities (3credits , Area II), 1 course Social Sciences (3 credits, Area V), plus 8 credits of foreign language-can CLEP out of the language requirement) to also earn BOTH the AS degree AND the AA degree for transfer. You will graduate PBSC with TWO degrees (AA +AS), and will have the laboratory skills and 16-week internship experience that are an impressive addition to your university admissions application.


Q. Where are the Biotechnology courses offered?
A. The required Biotech lecture and lab core courses are offered ONLY at the Gardens campus. We do offer online and evening courses for student convenience.  Other required courses, such as General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, College Algebra, Statistics, Biology, and Microbiology can be taken at any campus (Lake Worth, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Gardens).


Q. Do you have any upcoming information sessions?
A. Yes! Register online for an upcoming Biotechnology Info Sessions or find out more by calling (561) 207-5055.


Q. Can I talk with someone about the Biotechnology program?
A. Yes! See your academic advisor or Department Chair (Dr. Alexandra Gorgevska, gorgevsa@palmbeachstate.edu or 561-207-5003, SC205), they are available to meet with prospective students and parents.


Q. I am interested in declaring Biotech.  What are my next steps?
A. We strongly recommend students first complete the program pre-reqs mentioned above starting with Principles of Biology 1 lecture and lab (BSC1010/ BSC1010L), General Chemistry 1 lecture and lab (CHM1045/ CHM1045L), and Introduction to Biotechnology lecture and lab (BSC2421/ BSC2421L).  If a student does well (A or B grade) in these courses it demonstrates preparedness for Biotechnology as a major. If you need financial aid to help pay for these classes, you can declare AA (since you must be degree seeking to get financial aid), then add the Biotech AS once you are accepted into the program.


Q. Introduction to Biotechnology (BSC2421/L) is a General Education science course, with NO PRE-REQs.  If this course is open to everyone, why all the focus on taking Biology, Chemistry and the other pre-reqs beforehand?
A. BSC2421 /BSC2421L is a 3-credit lecture + 2-credit lab.  It is a demanding course.  Although it is a GenEd science course, open to any student, we want to make sure that the student is prepared to succeed and complete the Biotech program and degree, and be prepared for the workforce. Thus, we require BSC1010/BSC1010L and CHM1045/CHM1045L and the other pre-reqs be taken first. Academic success in these courses will give you a good foundation for subsequent Biotech coursework.

The 90,000-square foot, $15 million science and technology complex features two wings connected by a multi-media lecture hall and courtyard. The building encompasses state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for the core science classes (biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, physics and chemistry).

The second wing houses biotechnology, environmental science, and environmental horticulture classrooms and labs. A Wellness Center is also located in the complex. The new innovative center will lead in the training of future science-related professionals. These components are vital for the success of each student entering into the emerging science and biotechnology workforce in South Florida.

All laboratories and equipment located in the Bioscience and Technology Complex closely replicate the workplace environment. The scientific programs at Palm Beach State College not only teach scientific methods, but also promote hands-on training and a working knowledge of various instruments used in the biotechnology industry.

BioScience and Technology Complex opened for classes Spring 2008.

Interested in renting laboratory space for R&D or academic biotechnology startup activities? Early stage companies looking for space should complete the Incubator Form and return it to Dr. Gorgevska. Rates and insurance requirements will be provided upon request.


Biotechnology Lab

Equipment
Palm Beach State College's biotechnology program provides its students experience with equipment that is currently the highest industry standard, and mimics the biomedical research workplace.

StepOnePlus PCR Software
Available for use is the Applied Biosystems StepOnePlus gene expression analysis software located on 11 computers in the Media Lab on the 2nd floor of the Eissey campus library. The software enables students and external scientists to analyze quantitative Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR and PCR) experiments for gene expression, polymorphism, and genotyping assays outside the laboratory. View the features, capabilities, and research applications.

To use the software students should log on to the computer and:

  1. Click START button
  2. Click All Programs
  3. Click on folder for Applied Biosystems
  4. Click on StepOne

For more information, contact Dr. Alexandra Gorgevska or call 561-207-5003.

Palm Beach State College Biotechnology Equipment List


Core Biotechnology Laboratory - SC 214 (1,231 Sq Ft)

  • Mettler Toledo Analytical Balances (4)
  • Table-top balances (3)
  • Bio-Rad Gel Documentation System (1)
  • Applied Biosystems StepOnePlus Real-Time PCR System (1)
  • New Brunwick Shaking Incubator (1)
  • pH meters (5)
  • Bio-Rad Thermal Cycler (2)
  • Edvotek Thermal Cycler EdvoCycler (1)
  • Bio-Rad Mini-Incubator (2)
  • NanoDrop Spectrophotometer (2)
  • Genesys 10 Series Spectrophotometer (5)
  • Hot Plate/Stirrer (5)
  • Vortexers / Personal Mini Centrifuges (12)
  • Waterbath (2)
  • Dry-Heating Block (2)
  • Refrigerated microcentrifuges (2)
  • SafeAire II Chemical Fume Hood with Gas/Water/Vacuum (1)
  • Perkin Elmer 2300 EnSpire Plate Reader (1)
  • 4C Thermo RevCo Deli Refrigerator (1)
  • -20C Thermo Revco Freezer (1)
  • -80C Thermo Ultima II Chest Freezer (1)
  • CL-1000 UV Crosslinker (Stratalinker) (1)
  • UV Light boxes (2)
  • Bacterial incubator / oven (2)
  • Sinks (3 main) (7 in-bench)

Tissue Culture Laboratory - SC 215 (627 Sq Ft)

  • Mettler Toledo Analytical Balances (2)
  • NanoDrop Spectrophotometer (1)
  • Sartorius Industrial Grade Bioreactors - Bacterial and
  • Mammalian (2)
  • Laminar Flow Hoods (3)
  • Inverted Zeiss Microscopes (7)
  • Fluorescent Zeiss Microscopes (3)
  • Upright Zeiss Microscope (6)
  • Inverted Fisher Microscopes (2)
  • Moticam Microscope (1)
  • CO2 incubators (2)
  • Waterbath (2)
  • ThermoElectron Mini Refrigerators (2)
  • Autoclave (1)
  • Life Tech Countess II Automated Cell Counter (1)
  • Liquid N2 Dewars (2)
  • SafeAire II Chemical Fume Hood with Water and Gas (1)
  • Matrix Wellmate Liquid Dispenser (1)
  • Sink (2)

Instrumentation Laboratory - SC 217 (844 Sq Ft)

  • Mettler Toledo Analytical Balances (2)
  • NanoDrop Spectrophotometer (2)
  • Bio-Rad Gel Documentation System (1)
  • Agilent 5975/6890 Gas Chromatography/Mass
  • Spectrophotometer
  • GE Fluid Phase Liquid Chromatography - AKTA Explorer
  • Perkin-Elmer High Phase Liquid Chromatography Machine
  • Algae Photobioreactor
  • Thermo Electron Superspeed Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • Beckman-Coulter Allegra Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • Sorvall RC-6 PLUS Superspeed Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • Ice-O-Matic Ice Maker
  • 20C Thermo Revco Freezer (1)
  • 4C Thermo RevCo Deli Refrigerator (1)
  • 4C Thermo RevCo Refrigerator
  • GeneSys UV Spectrophotometer (2)
  • White Light/ UV Transilluminator (1)
  • Speedvacs (2)
  • Sinks (2)
  • Sartorius BioSTAT A Plus Bioreactor

 

AT A GLANCE

Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.

  • Write, analyze, review, and rewrite programs, using workflow chart and diagram, and applying knowledge of computer capabilities, subject matter, and symbolic logic.
  • Correct errors by making appropriate changes and rechecking the program to ensure that the desired results are produced. 
  • Perform or direct revision, repair, or expansion of existing programs to increase operating efficiency or adapt to new requirements. 
  • Write, update, and maintain computer programs or software packages to handle specific jobs such as tracking inventory, storing or retrieving data, or controlling other equipment.
  • Consult with managerial, engineering, and technical personnel to clarify program intent, identify problems, and suggest changes.
PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 60

Computer programming course content includes computer programming concepts, programming languages and software project management.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth and Boca Raton campuses.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Programming concepts, logic and data structures.
  • Current software and web programming languages.
  • Structured and object-oriented programming methodologies.
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of computer solutions.
  • Creation of control structures and methods with the appropriate parameters and data structures. 
  • Assessment of customer problems through logic/analysis tools and algorithms. 
  • Development of user support strategies. 
  • Network technologies.
  • IT project management.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Attention to Detail — Requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Analytical Thinking — Requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment as entry-level programmers, programmer specialists or computer programmers. Possible job titles include: analyst programmer, application programmer analyst, computer programmer, computer programmer analyst, internet programmer, Java developer, programmer, programmer analyst, web applications programmer, web programmer.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State's Bachelor of Applied Science programs in Information Management or Supervision and Management. In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program.

AT A GLANCE

Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment. 

  • Modify, maintain, or repair electronics equipment or systems to ensure proper functioning. 
  • Replace defective components or parts, using hand tools and precision instruments. 
  • Set up and operate specialized or standard test equipment to diagnose, test, or analyze the performance of electronic components, assemblies, or systems. 
  • Prepare or maintain design, testing, or operational records and documentation.
  • Assemble circuitry for electronic systems according to engineering instructions, production specifications, or technical manuals.
PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 68

Course content includes core courses in instrumentation and control, electrical engineering, process control technology, electronics, mechanical engineering, and alternative energy fields.

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

The course of the program takes student from general education, through introductory classes in electrical field (circuits, electronics), through introductory theory about power plants, via basics of programming (microcontrollers, PLCs), to specialized classes in alternative energies, Smart Grid, and advanced instrumentation and control.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 
  • Near Vision — See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. 
  • Written Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Upon completion of this program, students may seek employment in entry-level positions with a broad base of skills in instrumentation and control technology. Fields of employment include both aerospace and power industries. Job titles include instrumentation and control technician, control room technician, electronics technician, electrical distribution systems designer, engineering assistant, and technologist. 

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

The A.S. degree program transfers into Palm Beach State's Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management. Courses from this program may also transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into a four-year program.

AT A GLANCE

Engineering technology implements “state of the art” technologies into applications with a practical and hand-on approach. Modernization of the industrialized workplace has led to the requirement of specialized training for Engineering Technologists to operate and handle high tech equipment and tools. 

  • Assist engineers to design, develop, test, or manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, or other equipment. 
  • Design specialized or customized equipment, machines, or structures. 
  • Prepare specifications, designs, or sketches for machines, components, or systems related to the generation, transmission, or use of mechanical or fluid energy. 
  • Provide technical support to other employees regarding mechanical design, fabrication, testing, or documentation.
PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 60

Course content includes core courses in both electrical and mechanical engineering.

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 
  • Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 
  • Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 
  • Design, build, and prepare a report to explain an original remote sensor system with display and recording capabilities.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Near Vision — See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. 
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 
  • Information Ordering — Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Upon completion of this program, you may seek employment in an entry-level position with a broad base of skills in engineering technology. There will be expanded employment opportunities due to Florida’s projected additional engineering technologist needs. Job titles include technician in engineering technology, electronics, engineering, research and development, testing, drafting, alternative energies, or as engineering assistants, technologist.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program.

AT A GLANCE

Design, develop, or evaluate energy-related projects or programs to reduce energy costs or improve energy efficiency during the designing, building, or remodeling stages of construction. May specialize in electrical systems; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; green buildings; lighting; air quality; or energy procurement.

  • Identify and recommend energy savings strategies to achieve more energy-efficient operation. 
  • Conduct energy audits to evaluate energy use and to identify conservation and cost reduction measures. 
  • Monitor and analyze energy consumption and energy related design or construction issues, such as energy engineering, energy management, or sustainable design. 
  • Inspect or monitor energy systems, including heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) or daylighting systems to determine energy use or potential energy savings. 
PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 60

Course content includes core courses in both electrical and mechanical engineering.

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads. 
  • Principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 
  • Analyze and solve complex technical problems through the application of the theoretical principles of renewable and clean energy systems and technologies.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. 
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). 
  • Information Ordering — Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). 
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Upon completion of this program, you may seek employment in an entry-level position with a broad base of skills in engineering technology. There will be expanded employment opportunities due to Florida’s projected additional engineering technologist needs. Job titles include technician in engineering technology, electronics, engineering, research and development, testing, drafting, alternative energies, or as engineering assistants, technologist.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program.

AT A GLANCE

Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems, such as computer equipment,  test equipment, and machine tool numerical controls, applying principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing,

  • Read blueprints, wiring diagrams, schematic drawings, or engineering instructions for assembling electronics units, applying knowledge of electronic theory and components. 
  • Identify and resolve equipment malfunctions, working with manufacturers or field representatives as necessary to procure replacement parts. 
  • Test electronics units, using standard test equipment, and analyze results to evaluate performance and determine need for adjustment.
  • Adjust or replace defective or improperly functioning circuitry or electronics components, using hand tools or soldering iron. 
  • Assemble, test, or maintain circuitry or electronic components, according to engineering instructions, technical manuals, or knowledge of electronics, using hand or power tools.
PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 60

Course content includes core courses in both electrical and mechanical engineering. 

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 
  • Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. 
  • Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models. 
  • Principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. 
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). 
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Upon completion of this program, you may seek employment in an entry-level position with a broad base of skills in engineering technology. There will be expanded employment opportunities due to Florida’s projected additional engineering technologist needs. Job titles include technician in engineering technology, electronics, engineering, research and development, testing, drafting, alternative energies, or as engineering assistants, technologist.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program. 

AT A GLANCE

As an Environmental Science Technology student, you will be on your way to a meaningful career imparting a lasting change on the future of Florida's natural environment. A major trend in today's job market is to focus on the "greening" of business operations and supporting environmental sustainability initiatives.

  • Discuss test results and analysis with customers. 
  • Record test data and prepare reports, summaries, or charts that interpret test results. 
  • Develop or implement programs for monitoring of environmental pollution or radiation. 
  • Investigate hazardous conditions or spills or outbreaks of disease or food poisoning, collecting samples for analysis. 
  • Calibrate microscopes or test instruments. 
PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 64

Courses include a wide range of environmental focuses, providing students with a well founded education that prepares them for positions in environmental assessment, restoration, research and public education. 

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. 
  • Laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. 
  • Chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Knowledge of Florida's environmental characteristics or sources of impact by human activities.
  • Awareness of the importance of ethics and data integrity in scientific studies and in their role as environmental professionals

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. 
  • Written Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 
  • Oral Expression — Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. 
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

The purposes for studying Environmental Science Technology are diverse. Positions range from working in ecological restoration, eco-tourism, and hazardous materials detection in the environment, to monitoring the quality, quantity and safety of surface and groundwater supplies, to public education and conservation.

Upon completion of this program, students may seek employment as an environmental technician, or as a field technician with government agencies, engineering or environmental consulting firms.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program.

AT A GLANCE

This degree prepares students to plan, install, configure, monitor, troubleshoot and manage computer networks in a LAN/WAN environment. Students will be prepared to apply conceptual and theoretical knowledge to the workplace utilizing technical skills learned during the program.

  • Maintain and administer computer networks and related computing environments including computer hardware, systems software, applications software, and all configurations. 
  • Perform data backups and disaster recovery operations. 
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, and resolve hardware, software, or other network and system problems, and replace defective components when necessary. 
  • Configure, monitor, and maintain email applications or virus protection software. 
  • Operate master consoles to monitor the performance of computer systems and networks, and to coordinate computer network access and use.
PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 60

Course content includes computer hardware concepts, networking terminology, Microsoft Windows Server and Active Directory implementation and administration, Linux implementation and administration, and network security. These courses cover competencies for several certifications: A+, Network+, MCP, and MCSA.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth and Boca Raton campuses.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Utilize online resources to locate and evaluate technical information and documentation, as well as develop, utilize and maintain system documentation as needed.
  • Identify, describe, and resolve issues related to networked environments, such as security, access control, fair use, privacy, and redundancy.
  • Compare and contrast major functions and features of current network operating systems.
  • Choose appropriate actions in situations that require effective time management and understand the basic tools and techniques to plan, organize, and manage a project.
  • Demonstrate proficiency to analyze computer systems to identify common security threats and vulnerabilities and the corresponding best practices for mitigation.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. 
  • Information Ordering — Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Written Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 
    Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

This program prepares students for employment as information technology specialists, network technicians, network specialists, network managers, network systems analysts, network systems technicians, network support specialists, network administrators, network troubleshooters, help desk specialists, LAN/WAN managers, or systems administrators.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State's Bachelor of Applied Science programs in Information Management or Supervision and Management. In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program.


College Credit Certificate (CCC)

A CCC awards college credit and delivers the technical core of the A.S. degree in that area of study. Completing a CCC gives you an immediate credential for skilled employment, allowing you to start or advance a career. And because CCC credits transfer into an A.S. degree, you'll have a great start toward your degree goal, too.


AT A GLANCE

This college credit certificate consists of four modules. The program is designed to teach students the skills necessary to design, build, and maintain small to medium-sized networks. The knowledge gained will allow networking for the Small Office, Home Office (SOHO) market and the ability to work in small businesses or organizations with networks of fewer than 100 nodes. 

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 36

Course content includes networking, network terminology and protocols, network standards, local-area networks, wide area networks, Open System Interconnection models, cabling, cabling tools, Cisco routers, router programming, Cisco switches, and configuring switches. This course covers the competencies for the Cisco CCNA certification.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth and Loxahatchee Groves campuses.

Approximate program length: nine months.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Covers competencies for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching. 

  • Network and Routing Fundamentals.
  • LAN Switching Fundamentals.
  • Infrastructure Services and Maintenance.
  • Implementing Secure Routers with Advanced IP Addressing.
  • Network troubleshooting using technology-based practices.
  • Understand how infrastructure components interoperate.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. 
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). 
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Employment opportunities include network administration and networking infrastructure support.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Credits earned in this certificate will transfer directly into the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Networking Administrator.

LINKS 

AT A GLANCE

This certificate prepares students for careers in the growing "green" alternative energy industries. This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the growing alternative energy career cluster; and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the general employability skills, technical skills, and knowledge of all aspects of alternative energy careers.

 

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 18

Through hands-on learning activities in well-equipped classrooms, you'll study bio-fuels, wind and solar energy, and environmental mapping technologies, among other topics central to understanding current practices in sustainable green energy generation.

This program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

Approximate program length: one year full time or 1-1/2 years part time.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Laboratory practices.
  • DC and AC circuits.
  • Solid state devices.
  • Technical recording and reporting.
  • Principles of power generation systems such as solar, wind, geothermal, Biofuels/biomass, hydroelectric and ocean energy.
  • Principles of transformers and power transmission systems.
  • Interpretation of electric codes.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Written Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. 
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. 
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 
  • Oral Expression — Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Upon completion of this program, individuals may seek employment in an entry-level position in alternative energy industries: bio-fuels, wind industry or solar industry. This program will provide supplemental education to technicians working in the electrical power industry or prepare students for employment in the growing alternative energy industries.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Courses from the program transfer directly into Palm Beach State's Electrical Power Technology AS degree program. In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a two or four year program.

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

This program is designed for students seeking entry into the field of engineering technology with a focus on automation in manufacturing. It is also designed for employees in this field who seek further education and career advancement.

 

 

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 15

This program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

Approximate program length: three semesters (52 weeks), assuming the student has the prerequisite courses completed.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Operating industrial automation systems.
  • Troubleshooting industrial automation systems.
  • Applying the principles of robotics to automated systems.
  • Proficiently using human machine interfaces to operate automated systems.
  • Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). 
  • Information Ordering — Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Upon completion of this program, students may seek employment in entry-level positions in advanced manufacturing. Job titles include technician in engineering technology, manufacturing technician, automation technician, engineering assistant, and technologist. 

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

For the best opportunities, students are encouraged to complete the A.S. degree program in Engineering Technology.  

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

This program is designed for students currently employed in the biotechnology industry or for those who would like to pursue a biotechnology career or have a bachelors degree in another academic discipline.  

  • Expose to various cell culture lines and learn how to handle and maintain different cells,  carry out general tissue culture assays, and perform a batch scale-up of cells using bioreactors. 
  • Basic foundations of molecular biotechnology, specifically proteomics, which is the study of protein structure, isolation, identification and purification.
  • DNA and RNA structure, genes and chromosomes, DNA replication and repair, genetics, and protein translation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

 

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 19

This certificate offers courses in biotechnology principles, tissue culture, instrumentation and includes an internship with local bioscience firms and institutions.

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

Approximate program length: 18 months


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

The Biotechnology College Credit Certificate provides the student with comprehensive knowledge, specific competencies and lab techniques that enhance current skill while establishing a foundation for a successful bioscience career.

  • Communication and safety skills.
  • Basic laboratory skills.
  • Regulatory compliance.
  • Appropriate decision making and problem-solving techniques.
  • Quality assurance/control.
  • Legal, ethical and social issues will be discussed surrounding stem cells, GMOs, gene therapy, and cloning

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Category Flexibility — Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression — Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Careers in Biotechnology include: research associate, cell culture technician, cloning technician, quality control technician, bioinformaticist, fermentation specialist, regulatory affairs, patent law, molecular ecologist, agriculture biotechnologist, protein purification specialist, forensic crime lab technician, cell biologist, brewmaster, business development, mass spectroscopist.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Credits in this certificate program will transfer directly into the Associate in Arts (AA) or the Associate in Science(AS) degree program in Biotechnology.

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

This program has been designed for AA students interested in biotechnology concepts, techniques and equipment. Relevant topics such as molecular biology, recombinant DNA technology, nucleic acid (DNA and RNA) extraction and analysis, plasmid transformation, polymerase chain reaction and agarose gel electrophoresis will be covered. Students will gain a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, and microbiology.

 

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 30

This certificate offers courses in biotechnology principles, biology, general chemistry and microbiology. 

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

Approximate program length: one year


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Communication and safety skills.
  • Basic laboratory skills.
  • Regulatory compliance.
  • Appropriate decision making and problem-solving techniques.
  • Quality assurance/control.
  • Maintain facility and equipment.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision — See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Information Ordering — Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Expression — Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Careers in biotechnology include: research associate, cell culture technician, cloning technician. quality control technician, bioinformaticist, fermentation specialist, regulatory affairs, patent law, molecular ecologist, agriculture biotechnologist, protein purification specialist, forensic crime lab technician, cell biologist, brewmaster, business development, mass spectroscopist.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Credits in this certificate program will transfer directly into the Associate in Arts (AA) or the Associate in Science(AS) degree program in Biotechnology.

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

This college credit certificate program prepares students to analyze business situations and to design, develop and write computer programs. Individuals learn to store, locate and retrieve specific documents, data and information, analyze problems using logic/analysis tools, and write code in several computer languages. They also learn how to test, monitor, debug, document and maintain computer programs.

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 36

Course content includes computer programming concepts, programming languages and software project management.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth and Boca Raton campuses.

Approximate program length: one year


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Perform data file, program design, testing and coding activities.
  • User-training, user support and implementation activities.
  • General organizational computing workplace competencies
  • Correct errors by making appropriate changes and rechecking the program to ensure that the desired results are produced.
  • Perform or direct revision, repair, or expansion of existing programs to increase operating efficiency or adapt to new requirements.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Written Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision — Ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

This program prepares students for employment as entry-level programmers, programmer specialists or computer programmers.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Credits earned in this certificate will transfer directly into the Programming College Credit Certificate and the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Programming.

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

If you enjoy design and fabrication, implementing new technologies, and exploring fundamentals of how things work, an engineering technology career may be perfect for you.

This certificate prepares individuals for entry-level employment as engineering support specialists or engineering technicians in various engineering and manufacturing areas. This certificate program is the core of the Engineering Technology degree program. 

 

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 18

Course content includes computer programming concepts and programming languages.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth and Boca Raton campuses.

Approximate program length: one year


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Understanding of industrial processes and material properties.
  • Generate and interpret computer-aided drawings.
  • Fundamental understanding of electricity and electronics.
  • Understanding of industrial safety, health, and environmental requirements.
  • Proficiently in the use of quality assurance methods and quality control concepts.
  • Proficiency in using tools, instruments and testing devices.
  • Basic troubleshooting skills.
  • Appropriate communication and math skills.
  • Understanding of modern business practices and strategies.
  • Employability skills.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision — See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Upon completion of this certificate, you may seek employment in an entry-level position in varying areas of engineering and manufacturing. There will be expanded employment opportunities due to Florida's projected additional needs for engineering technologists. Job titles include technician in engineering technology, engineering specialist, manufacturing technician, manufacturing specialist, engineering assistant or  technologist. 

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Credits earned in this certificate will transfer directly into the Programming College Credit Certificate and the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Programming.

LINKS & MAPS


AT A GLANCE

The program is intended to teach students real world skills that are necessary to obtain a position in the wide-ranging environmental field. This is not a theoretical program, but instead is one that is very practical and tailored to local needs and current desired skill sets.

Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

 

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 30

This program's content is aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in agriculture, food and natural resources. 

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

Approximate program length: 12 months


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Knowledge of the principles of managing water pollution through prevention and remediation.
  • Knowledge of the principles of managing air pollution through prevention and remediation.
  • Awareness of environmental noise sources and their monitoring.
  • Operate and calibrate laboratory and field instruments used in quantitative and qualitative analysis of pollutants.
  • Sample, analyze and calculate data related to air, water and soil pollutants.
  • Awareness of radiation monitoring and radioactive contamination control.
  • Awareness of solid waste, the problems engendered by solid waste accumulation and disposal and solutions to those problems.
  • Demonstrate employability skills.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Expression — Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Upon completion of this certificate, you may seek employment in an entry-level position related to environmental science field and lab work. Employment opportunities include positions with local environmental consulting firms and/or with public agencies when emergency responders are needed as a result of the presence of hazardous materials or for temporary/seasonal employment positions.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into four-year programs.

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

This certificate covers analysis, handling, storage and dispensing of hazardous materials in accordance with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing proper chemical management. Graduates of the certificate program should be able to: research applicable local, state and federal regulations and implement methods and strategies to ensure compliance; maintain records as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation; develop and implement hazardous materials handling procedures; plan for emergency response of hazardous materials incidents; and protect workers and communities from hazardous material exposures.

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 14

The program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Knowledge of the principles of managing water pollution through prevention and remediation.
  • Knowledge of the principles of managing air pollution through prevention and remediation.
  • Awareness of environmental noise sources and their monitoring.
  • Operate and calibrate laboratory and field instruments used in quantitative and qualitative analysis of pollutants.
  • Sample, analyze and calculate data related to air, water and soil pollutants.
  • Awareness of radiation monitoring and radioactive contamination control.
  • Awareness of solid waste, the problems engendered by solid waste accumulation and disposal and solutions to those problems.
  • Demonstrate employability skills.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Control Precision — Quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Near Vision — Ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression — Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Upon completion of this certificate, you may seek employment in an entry-level position related to environmental remediation and/or emergency response to a hazardous materials incident. Employment opportunities include positions with local environmental consulting firms and/or with public agencies when emergency responders are needed as a result of the presence of hazardous materials.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into four-year programs.

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

This college credit certificate program prepares individuals to plan, install, configure, monitor, troubleshoot and manage computer networks in a LAN/WAN environment. Students will be prepared to apply conceptual and theoretical knowledge to the workplace utilizing technical skills learned during the program.

  • Answer user inquiries regarding computer software or hardware operation to resolve problems.
  • Oversee the daily performance of computer systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read technical manuals, confer with users, or conduct computer diagnostics to investigate and resolve problems or to provide technical assistance and support. 
  • Set up equipment for employee use, performing or ensuring proper installation of cables, operating systems, or appropriate software.
PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 21

Course content includes computer hardware concepts, networking terminology, Microsoft Windows Server and Active Directory implementation and administration, Linux implementation and administration, and network security. These courses cover competencies for several certifications: A+ and Network.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth, Loxahatchee Groves, Belle Glade and Boca Raton campuses.

Approximate program length: one year

 


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Computer hardware concepts.
  • Networking terminology.
  • Microsoft Windows Server and Active Directory Implementation and administration.
  • Linux implementation and administration.
  • Network security. 

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression — Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision — See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

This program prepares students for employment as help desk and network support specialists.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Credits earned in this certificate will transfer directly into the Information Management College Credit Certificate and the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Networking Administrator.

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

The Lean Manufacturing College Credit Certificate program is designed for the student who is seeking entry into the field of engineering technology, with a focus on the manufacturing process, quality assurance, lean manufacturing and Six Sigma. It is also designed for employees in this field who seek further education and career advancement.

PROGRAM INFO

12 credit hours. The program can be completed in two semesters (32 weeks)

This program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
LINKS

 
AT A GLANCE

Research, design, develop, or test automation, intelligent systems, smart devices, or industrial systems control.

  • Design engineering systems for the automation of industrial tasks. 
  • Create mechanical design documents for parts, assemblies, or finished products. 
  • Maintain technical project files. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Implement or test design solutions. 
  • Create mechanical models and tolerance analysis to simulate mechatronic design concepts.

 

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 30

The Mechatronics College Credit Certificate program is designed for the student who is seeking entry into the field of engineering technology, with a focus on automation, robotics and mechatronics in manufacturing. It is also designed for employees in this field who seek further education and career advancement.  

This program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

Approximate program length: four semesters (68 weeks)


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Understanding of industrial processes and material properties.
  • Generate and interpret computer-aided drawings.
  • Fundamental understanding of electronics and electricity.
  • Understanding of industrial safety, health, and environmental requirements.
  • Proficiency in using tools, instruments and testing devices.
  • Basic troubleshooting skills.
  • Appropriate communication and math skills.
  • Understand, operate, troubleshoot, and maintain pneumatic, hydraulic, and electromechanical components and/or systems.
  • Operate industrial automation systems.
  • Troubleshoot industrial automation systems.
  • Apply the principles of robotics to automated systems.
  • Use proficiently human machine interfaces to operate automated systems.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. 
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. 
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). 
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. 
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Upon completion of this program, students may seek employment in entry-level positions in advanced manufacturing. Job titles include technician in engineering technology, manufacturing technician, automation technician, engineering assistant, and technologist. 

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Courses from this program transfer to the Engineering Technology - Advanced Manufacturing Associate in Science degree program at Palm Beach State College. 

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

This college credit certificate consists of four modules. The program is designed to teach students the skills necessary to design, build and maintain small to medium-sized networks. The knowledge gained will allow networking for the Small Office, Home Office (SOHO) market and the ability to work in small businesses or organizations with networks of fewer than 100 nodes.

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 21

Program has courses in networking, network terminology and protocols, network standards, local-area networks, wide area networks, Open System Interconnection models, cabling, cabling tools, Cisco routers, router configuration, Cisco switches and configuring switches. 

The program is offered at the Lake Worth and Loxahatchee Groves campuses.

Approximate program length: one year

 


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This course covers the competencies for the Cisco CCENT certification.

  • Fundamental understanding of computer networking and router configuration.
  • Understanding of LAN design and concepts.
  • VLAN and Wide Area Network configuration skills.
  • IP addressing services.
  • Understanding of network maintenance & security, support and troubleshooting.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Information Ordering — Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Written Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Employment opportunities include network administration and networking infrastructure support. 

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Credits in this certificate program will transfer directly into the Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) Routing and Switching CCC and/or Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Networking Administrator.

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

This college credit certificate consists of seven courses and is designed to teach students the skills necessary for entry level positions in the field of network security. Students will learn and demonstrate proficiency in programming, network design and operations, cyber security, ethical hacking, and penetration testing. 

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 30

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

Approximate program length: two semesters, six to nine months. 


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Securing network infrastructures and protecting data.
  • Performing security penetration testing.
  • Responding to cybersecurity incidents.
  • Essential elements of forensic analysis.
  • Employability skills.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Employment opportunities include network administration and security positions. 

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Credits in this certificate program will transfer directly into the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Networking Administrator.

LINKS

AT A GLANCE

This college credit certificate program prepares individuals to plan, install, configure, monitor, troubleshoot and manage computer networks in a LAN/WAN environment. Students will be prepared to apply conceptual and theoretical knowledge to the workplace utilizing technical skills learned during the program. 

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 21

The program is offered at the Lake Worth and Loxahatchee Groves campuses.

Approximate program length: two semesters, six to nine months


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

This CCC covers competencies for several certifications: A+, Network+, MCP and MCSA.

  • Computer network maintenance and support.
  • Understanding of operating system concepts and associated practices.
  • Fundamental proficiency in network security essentials.
  • Understanding of group policy and maintaining Active Directory services availability.
  • Install and deploy a server operating system.
  • Monitor and maintain network servers and services.
  • Understanding of securing data transmission and authentication.
  • Planning for business continuity and high availability.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — Ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Employment opportunities include network administration and security positions. 

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Credits in this certificate program will transfer directly into the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Networking Administrator.

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AT A GLANCE

This college credit certificate consists five courses and is designed to teach students the skills necessary for network support entry level positions.

  • Back up network data.
  • Configure security settings or access permissions for groups or individuals.
  • Analyze and report computer network security breaches or attempted breaches.
  • Identify the causes of networking problems, using diagnostic testing software and equipment.
  • Document network support activities.
PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 21

The program is offered at the Lake Worth and Loxahatchee Groves campuses.

Approximate program length: two semesters, six to nine months


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Basic computer network maintenance and support.
  • Fundamental understanding of computer networking.
  • Understanding of common operating system concepts and associated practices.
  • Fundamental proficiency in network security essentials.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Expression — Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Employment opportunities include network administration and security positions. 

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Credits in this certificate program will transfer directly into the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Networking Administrator.

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AT A GLANCE

This college credit certificate program prepares students to analyze business situations and to design, develop and write computer programs. Individuals learn to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information, analyze problems using logic/analysis tools, and write code in several computer languages. They also learn how to test, monitor, debug, document and maintain computer programs. 

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 33

Course content includes computer programming concepts, programming languages and software project management.

The program is offered on the Lake Worth, Loxahatchee Groves and Boca Raton campuses.

Approximate program length: 18 months


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Perform data file, coding and program design activities.
  • Testing and implementation activities.
  • Perform user-training and user-support activities.
  • General organizational computing workplace competencies

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Written Comprehension — Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision — Ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning — Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

This program prepares students for employment as entry level programmers, programmer specialists or computer programmers.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Credits earned in this certificate will transfer directly into the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Computer Programming.

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AT A GLANCE

This certificate prepares students for entry-level technical jobs in high tech production, manufacturing, distribution and engineering research and development facilities. The certificate is designed for the student who is preparing for a career in the engineering technology or high-tech manufacturing fields. It is also designed for employees in these fields who seek further education and career advancements.

PROGRAM INFO

Total Program Credits: 12

This program is offered at the Palm Beach Gardens campus.

 


WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • 3D digital modeling software packages for product design.
  • Digital engineering applications for product design.
  • Proficiency in the principles, concepts and applications in digital manufacturing processes.

 

ABILITIES YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE
  • Visualization — Ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Oral Comprehension — Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity — Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression — Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning — Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

 

POSSIBLE OCCUPATIONS

This program prepares students for employment as entry level programmers, programmer specialists or computer programmers.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION

Credits earned in this certificate program will transfer into the Engineering Technology: Advanced Technology Concentration Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. Courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities that allow students to transfer into four year program.

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