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Biotechnology (BIOT)

Survey of Biotechnology. (4-3-3)
This course introduces the disciplines and techniques covered under the term biotechnology. Basic biological concepts and current molecular techniques are developed and explored through didactic and laboratory activities. Career pathways and biotechnology products are highlighted throughout the course.
Introduction of Biotechnology. (4-2-6)
Prerequisites: CHEM 101 or CHEM 107.
In this laboratory-intensive course, students will gain an appreciation for the uses of biotechnology, as well as the legal, social, and ethical issues associated with its use. Student will learn to care for, validate, and use basic laboratory equipment and will explore quality control, quality assurance, laboratory safety, and data management. Good laboratory practice and good manufacturing practices will be emphasized.
Cell Culture Techniques. (3-2-4)
Prerequisites: MICR 110 or MICR 206 or consent of instructor.
Students will gain an appreciation for the emphasis on safety and asepsis in the cell culture laboratory. Primary and continuous cultures will be studied to understand nutrient and environmental requirements for growth. Students will use established methods of cell maintenance, counting, splitting, and organelle separation and analysis.
Bioinstrumentation. (4-2-6)
Prerequisites: BIOT 101 and MICR 110 or MICR 206.
Methods used to produce and analyze recombinant and transgenic organisms, cloned animals, and genetically modified foods. Molecular techniques will be used to study the interactions between DNA, RNA, and protein.
Biotechnology Internship. (5 hrs. credit)
Prerequisite: BIOT 204.
Work under the direction of a research or laboratory scientist for a minimum of 250 hours. One week will be spent in class discussions and presentations of research bench work conducted by each student.

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