Class Descriptions for Biotechnology

BTC-150: Bioethics

This course introduces the current ethics issues surrounding the biotechnology industries. Topics will include risk assessment, the relationships between science, technology, and society, and the effects of new biotechnology products upon the natural world. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and critical thinking skills in decision-making related to bioethical issues.

Course Prerequisites:
Take DRE-098(S23643) ENG-002 ENG-111(S25433) or BSP-4002; Take either previously or concurrently. Required.
Total Credits:3
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:0
Clinic Credits:0

BTC-181: Basic Laboratory Techniques

This course introduces the basic skills and knowledge necessary in a biological or chemical laboratory. Emphasis is placed on good manufacturing practices, safety, sustainable lab practices, solution preparation, and equipment operation and maintenance following standard operating procedures. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare and perform basic laboratory procedures using labware, solutions, and equipment according to prescribed protocols.

Course Prerequisites:
None
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BTC-270: Recombinant DNA Technology

This course covers basic methods in biotechnology for the manipulation of nucleic acids. Emphasis is placed on topics concerning techniques used in recombinant DNA technology, including PCR, restriction digests, mapping, cloning, and forensics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the theory, practice, and application of recombinant DNA techniques.

Course Prerequisites:
Take 1 group; Option: Take BTC-250(S20616) BTC-181(S13895); Option: Take BIO-250 BTC-181(S13895); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BTC-275: Industrial Microbiology

This course covers principles of microbiology and the impact microorganisms have on man and the environment in industrial settings where controlled environments are commonplace. Topics include the structure and physiology of various classes of microorganisms, microbial pathogenicity, infectious diseases, identification schemes, and prevention or minimization of contamination in biomanufacturing industrial settings. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills including microscopy, aseptic technique, staining, culture methods, identification of microorganisms, and performing environmental monitoring.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-110(S13284) BIO-111(S13307) BIO-163 BIO-165 or BIO-168(S11555); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:3
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0

BTC-281: Bioprocess Techniques

This course covers processes used in the production of biomolecules. Emphasis is placed on the production, characterization, and purification of biological products using fermentation, centrifugation, filtration, electrophoresis, and other techniques used in industry. Upon completion, students should be able to produce biological products using the various methods of bioprocessing.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BTC-181(S13895); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:4
Class Credits:2
Lab Credits:6
Clinic Credits:0

BTC-285: Cell Culture

This course introduces the theory and practices required to successfully initiate and maintain plant and animal cell cultures. Topics include aseptic techniques, the growth environment, routine maintenance of cell cultures, specialized culture techniques, and various applications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to grow, maintain, and manipulate cells in culture.

Course Prerequisites:
Take BIO-175(S20491) BIO-275(S22585) or BTC-275(S23358); Take previously. Required.
Total Credits:3
Class Credits:2
Lab Credits:3
Clinic Credits:0