BIOSC157/159 (or BIOSC857N/859N): Knowledge, training, and experience applicable to life science careers. This is THE course to get you ready to find a job with a biotech company, academic or government research lab, or even a cannabis testing firm. Gain technical practice with analytical instruments, formulate and use laboratory reagents, and grow the organisms at the heart of the biotechnology industry. If you have some science background (math, biology or chemistry), this is the perfect way to use the knowledge you arlready have to build skills and experience.

Offered in Spring Semesters: for Spring 2023, BIOSC157-1558 / BIOSC159-1559 meet Monday and Wednesday 5:50-9:00PM. Starts January 23. (the non-credit version BIOSC857N-0946 / BIOSC859N-1560 of Foundations in Biotechnology meet at the same time and place)

What happens in this course?

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Good Laboratory Practice

lab notebook, technical skill, improving SOP’s

Laboratory solutions

growth media, extraction buffers, assays

Precision measuring devices

micropipettes, analytic balance, spectrophotometry

Data interpretation and analysis

excel, statistics, graphing


HPLC, FPLC, agarose gel, centrifiguation


sample preparation, staining, analysis


following SOP’s, batch recrods, validation

Aseptic technique

biosafety cabinets, media, avoid sample contamination

Lab calculations

dilutions, standard curves, solution recipes

Precision measuring devices

micropipettes, analytic balance, spectrophotometry

DNA technology

PCR, extraction, Next generation sequencing

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Skills In

  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Bioassays
  • Maintaining detailed lab records

Knowledge of

  • Lab processes and procedures
  • cGMP and GLP
  • Batch records

Ability to

  • Method development
  • Follow SOP’s
  • Accurate data collection

Who should take this course?

  • Biotechnology students
  • Biology students
  • STEM majors
  • Preparation for entry-level work
  • Excellent prep for internships
  • Cannabis testing

What type of jobs does it prepare for?

  • Research and lab support
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Quality Control Technician/Assistant

More details about Foundations in Biotechnology here.

Part of certificates

  • Biotechnology Technician
  • AS Biotechnology
  • Laboratory Professional I (NC)
  • Biological testing technician (NC)