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Courses Offered

BTEC 150 Biotechnology Instrumentation: Quality Control and Genetic Engineering (4 units)

Familiarizes students with small scale laboratory instrumentation practices. Students analyze the quality of a cell culture process and the purify products produced by cells in culture using (GLP) methods. Students will gain experience with the common assays used in quality control including electrophoresis, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA), and the Polymerase Chain Reactions (PRC) to produces generated using cell culture.

BTEC 170 Principles of Applied Bioscience (3 units)

A survey of the principles that govern the living world, from molecules to cells and tissues, to organs and whole organisms, to populations and ecosystems, to the entire biosphere. Special emphasis is placed upon experimental approaches, current issues, and practical application of the scientific method and biological principles to issues affecting public health, agriculture, and socioeconomic change. Current news and developments in relevant areas of biological sciences and biotechnology will be reviewed and discussed. Also listed as BIOL 170.

BTEC 171 Laboratory Principles of Applied Bioscience (1 units)

The laboratory introduces students to practical methods in preparing materials, reagents and media for conducting biological investigations and products of genetic engineering. Students will learn to measure and prepare solutions of various concentrations and pH, how to use basic chemistry and biological instrumentation such as digital scales, pipettes and micropipettes, centrifuges, and vertical and horizontal electrophoresis apparatuses. Students will plan and conduct biological experiments using the scientific method and employing modern laboratory methods and instrumentation. Data will be analyzed using spreadsheet software for tabulation and graphing. Teamwork, responsible lab technique, and proper and thorough notebook keeping will be emphasized. Also listed as BIOL 171.

BTEC 210 Business and Regulatory Practices in Biotechnology (3 units)

An examination of how basic business practices and good manufacturing procedures assure the quality and safety of a product as it is manufactured in the biotechnology production pipeline. The course specifically explores the role of government oversight and regulation during all phases of drug discovery, development and manufacturing.

BTEC 220 Cell Culture and Protein Recovery (4 units)

Allows students to develop the skills needed to serve as a technician in biotechnology production. Students grow and monitor cells and participate in downstream purification on a laboratory scale that emulates the large-scale production used in industry. The course emphasizes the use of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP), current Good Laboratory Practices (cGLP), and students gain experience following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

BTEC 400 Foundations of Biotechnology (2 units)

Overview of the origin and development of biotechnology and the bioscience industries. Includes cell growth, medical and food products produced by or impacted by biotechnology, and career opportunities in biotechnology. Also includes laboratory experience with bioreactors and making products.

BTEC 480 Biotechnology Project I (1.5 units)

Biotechnology work experience in an open lab. Students work under local supervision in an open biotechnology lab under cGMP/cGLP conditions where they develop the process and procedures to create biotechnology product.

BTEC 482 Biotechnology Project II (1.5 units)

Biotechnology field experience in an open lab where students prepare and test the manufacturing process of a biotechnology project in order to produce their product.

BTEC 484 Biotechnology Research Project I (1.5 units)

Laboratory experience designed to promote discovery research. Working in teams, students conduct research projects that incorporate techniques in microbiology, virology, and molecular biology and involve use of bioinformatics tools and other computational analysis software. Emphasis is on reading and understanding scientific literature as well as improving critical thinking skills such as the ability to evaluate hypotheses or experimentally address scientific questions. Also addressed will be critical aspects of the research process including record keeping, ethics, laboratory safety and citizenry, mechanics of scientific writing, and project responsibilities and ownership.

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