BIOSC172: This course will teach students about all aspects of the biotechnology field, with content appropriate for a wide range of students and professionals. Topics will include the biology, business, and legal/ethical issues surrounding biotechnology; cells, genes, DNA, proteins, genetic engineering, drug development, biofuels, agriculture, bioremediation, biotechnology company structure, and the regulations affecting the field.

Skills in

  • Scientific Communication of biology and life science
  • Navigate biotechnology company structure and innovation culture
  • Aligning biotechnology products to basic biology concepts
  • Explain protein production and purification
  • Describe creation and use of recomdinant DNA
  • Cell theory

Knowledge of

  • Cell culture, including stem cells
  • Biological structures and molecules (Cells, genes, DNA, Protein…)
  • Regulations affecting the biotechnology field
  • genetic engineering and cellular reproduction
  • Gene expression and genetics
  • Biofuels, Agriculture
  • Biremediation
  • importance of Quality Control (documentation, Standard Operating Procedures, Lab notebooks) and regulatory agencies in the biotechnology industry.
  • basic chemistry
  • metabolism, including fermentation
  • Cell signaling

Ability to

  • Explain common life science techniques (PCR, chromatography, sequencing)
  • Discuss legal and ethical issues surrounding biotechnology
  • Explain process of bio-product development and manufacturing
  • Understand of the importance of maintenance of a safe and productive work environment.
  • Understand the process of scientific analysis

What types of jobs does it prepare for?

  • Research and lab support
  • Biorenewables
  • Biopharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Gene therapies
  • Immunotherapy (invivo, tissue collection, animal research)

Core Competencies

  • Word processing/spreadsheets
  • Business acumen
  • Basic biological concepts understood
  • Describe cell structure
  • Describe basic theory of cell culture
  • Define and distinguish among biological molecules
  • Demonstrate an understanding of biological concepts related to basic DNA recombinant and protein isolation and analysis that are routinely used in the biotechnology laboratory.
  • Construct the flow diagram of gene expression from DNA to protein
  • Explain recombinant DNA
  • Recombinant protein production
  • Demonstrate understanding of the use of chromatography and other separation methods for protein purification

Course outline of record for more complete information.

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Biological and chemical

principles underlying biotechnology.

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Cell culture, including stem cells
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Protein production, purification and its applications.
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Biotechnology companies:

Products, structure, processes and opportunities

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DNA technologies:

sequencing, genome comparisons, gene isolation, PCR, recombinant DNA

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Molecular biology and genetic engineering
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Understanding cancer biology, especially cell signaling
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Legal and ethical concerns

surrounding the field biotechnology and life sciences

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How DNA works as genetic material to change traits
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Genetics:

Gene expression, mutations, family history and breeding

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