Biotechnology Courses

Required Program Courses

BIOL 210: General Microbiology

General concepts of microbiology including microbe structure and function, genetics, metabolism & diversity, host-microbe interactions, pathogens and immunology.  No credit for both BIOL 210 and BIOL 211. Prerequisite(s): “C” or better in BIOL 141 and 143 or equivalent; or a composite ACT score of 22 or higher and passed biology in high school with a grade of “B” or better; or passing score on the Biology Placement Exam. Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 212 during the same semester. 

BIOL 212: General Microbiology Lab

Laboratory designed to supplement General Microbiology for science majors. Prerequisite(s): “C” or better in BIOL 141 and 143 or equivalent; or “C” or better in BIOL 161 and 163; or a composite ACT score of 22 or higher and passed biology in high school with a grade of “B” or higher; or passing score on the Biology Placement Exam. Students are strongly encouraged to take BIOL 210 or 211 during the same semester. 

BIOL‐265: Cell Biology

Structure and function of cells, and molecules essential for cellular processes. Prerequisite(s): “C” or better in BIOL 141 and BIOL 143 and permission of instructor. Corequisite(s): BIOL 266 

BIOL‐266: Cell Biology Lab

Laboratory designed to supplement Cell Biology. Prerequisite(s): “C” or better in BIOL 141 and BIOL 143, and permission of instructor. Corequisite(s): BIOL 265 

BTEC-130: Introduction to Biotechnology

Introduction to the field of biotechnology.  Topics include recombinant DNA, production of biological molecules, plant and animal technology, and current events. Students will also review employment and careers in the biotechnology industries. Prerequisite(s): “C” or better in BIOL 141 and BIOL 143. 

BTEC-132:  Biotechnology Laboratory Techniques

Background principles for the experimental concepts and fundamental laboratory skills associated with research, development, and production. Prerequisite(s): “C” or better in BIOL 141 and BIOL 143. 

BTEC-274: Introduction to Nucleic Acids

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) extraction, DNA purification, Polymerase Chain Reactions, Gel Electrophoresis, DNA quantitation, plasmid construction and topics involving DNA use in modern research settings.  Intended for students who are enrolled Biotechnology concentration of the Science Laboratory Technology degree program. Prerequisite(s): “C” or better in BTEC 132 and Admission to the Science Laboratory Technology degree program. 

BTEC-275: Introduction to Protein Expression and Analysis

Introduction to common techniques used for studying the expression and analysis of proteins and builds on the basic techniques for quantitation of protein concentration in solution.  Studies include quantitation of single proteins, Electrophoretic techniques for estimating protein molecular weight and estimation of protein activity using basic Michaelis-Menten enzyme kinetics.  Intended for students admitted to the Science Laboratory Technology degree program. Prerequisite(s): “C” or better in BTEC 274 and Admission to the Science Laboratory Technology degree program, or permission of instructor. 

SCIE-299: Internship

Required internship experience in the Science Laboratory Technology program.  Provides students with the opportunity to apply laboratory skills and classroom knowledge in a practical/real-world setting with the guidance of a faculty advisor. Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor/Department.

Biotechnology Electives               

BTEC-280: Microscopy Techniques

Laboratory course covering the various microscopy techniques used in the biotechnology fields.  Material preparation, instrument specific techniques and general presentation of the component function of the various types of microscopes.  Intended for students in the Biotechnology concentration of the Science Laboratory Technology degree program. Prerequisite(s): “C” or better in BTEC 274 and BTEC 275, or permission of instructor. 

BTEC-282: Introduction to Molecular and Genetic Biology

Intermediate level laboratory study of basic molecular processes and genetic phenomena in eukaryotes and prokaryotes.  Genomics-centered approach and covers many of the latest methodologies used in genomics analysis. Topics to be covered include molecular aspects of structure and function, replication, transcription and translation, as well as synthesis and repair of nucleic acids; protein synthesis.  Intended for students in the Biotechnology concentration of the Science Laboratory Technology degree program. Prerequisite(s): “C” or better in BTEC 274 and BTEC 275 or permission of instructor. 

BTEC-284: Biomolecules                                   

Introduces common techniques used for studying isolating and identifying biomolecules and biologically active compounds.  Focuses on multiple sample destructive and sample non-destructive techniques for the quantitation of various biomolecules and biologically active compounds and purification of biomolecules and biologically active compounds.  Intended for students in the Biotechnology concentration of the Science Laboratory Technology degree program. Prerequisite(s): “C” or better in BTEC 274 and BTEC 275 or permission of instructor. 

BTEC-285: Bioinformatics and Bioethics

Two distinct disciplines of Bioinformatics and Bioethics.  Introduction to the high powered statistical field of bioinformatics occurs in the first half of the semester, while the second half consists of a survey of some of the ethical issues facing scientists today.  This class is intended for students in the Biotechnology concentration of the Science Laboratory Technology degree program. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Science Laboratory Technology program, or “C” or better in BTEC 274 and BTEC 275, or permission of instructor. 

BTEC‐286: Cell Culture Techniques Lab

Advanced course in a cell culture.  Introduces techniques such stem cell culturing, transfection, cellular cloning, and biomarker identification.  Students expand upon techniques mastered in BIOL-266.  This class is intended for students in the Biotechnology concentration of the Science Laboratory Technology degree program. Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Science Laboratory Technology program, or BIOL 265 and BIOL 266, or permission of instructor.