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Biotechnology Courses

BTN 100: Contextual Science with Laboratory, B2B (4)

BTN 103: Contextual Laboratory Language, B2B (3)

BTN 104: Contextual Laboratory Calculations, B2B (3)

These 3 core courses (science, language, and calculations) integrate science context and prepare students directly for rigors of higher level, content-rich biotechnology courses. The contextualized curriculum allows them to see the relevancy of the skills learned in calculations and language class, and should increase student’s level of engagement in all the classes. Students move through the B2B program as cohorts, which will create a “B2B Learning Community”, and thus retention.

BTN 101: Introduction to Biotechnology (1)

Introduces current and future applications of biotechnology. Covers biotechnology career opportunities and bioethics.

105: Applied Laboratory Calculations for Biotechnology (3)

Introduces concepts, techniques, and applications of common basic laboratory calculations that are routinely used in the biotechnology laboratory. Emphasizes application of basic computational concepts required of biotechnicians. Requires students to apply strategies to calculate amounts of chemicals required to make solutions, calibrate instruments, collect data, and interpret data. Introduces some computer applications. 

BTN 106: Fundamentals of Science Communication (3)

Introduces methods and strategies necessary for written, oral and visual communication as they are used in popular science. Students will prepare and present article reviews and an oral presentation with heavy emphasis on identifying and speaking to a "target audience".

BTN 110: Nucleic Acid Methods (4)

Covers theory of DNA structure and function. Emphasizes laboratory skills in a variety of DNA manipulations including but not limited to: DNA barcoding, RNAi, DNA Polymorphisms.

BTN 115: Basic Biomanufacturing (3)

Surveys basic biomanufacturing principles and procedures designed to assure the quality and safety of a product as the manufacturing team moves the product down the biotechnology production pipeline. Introduces upstream and downstream manufacturing processes through a combination of lecture and laboratory activities. Emphasizes the role of government oversight and regulation during discovery, development, and manufacturing of bioproducts as outlined in the Good Laboratory and Good Manufacturing Practices (GLP and GMP) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

BTN 120: Biofuels (4)

Introduces students to combustion fuels made from nonpetroleum sources, and includes topics on feedstocks, processing, utilization, and social impacts. 

BTN 125: Bioinformatics I (2)

Introduces the concepts and tools used in the application of information technology to the field of biology. Includes methods for data collection, storing and accessing biological data, fundamentals of sequence alignment, biological molecule structure prediction, and data mining and analysis

BTN 126: Bioinformatics II (2)

Applies concepts introduced in BTN 125 in the design and implementation of basic programming relating to bioinformatics problems. Emphasizes current trends in bioinformatics programming language, databases, and technology.

BTN160: Introduction to Agricultural Biotechnology (4)

Introduces theory and methods relating to applications of biotechnology in agriculture. Emphasizes emerging laboratory technologies in the area of agricultural biotechnology including food and natural resource management. Explores plant and animal genetic engineering. 

BTN 201: Biotechnology Techniques I (4)

Introduces theory and techniques for media and solution preparations, use of analytical equipment, and laboratory safety. Included various nucleic acid techniques, gene expression and purification, and bioinformatics.

BTN 202: Biotechnology Techniques II (4)

Covers various DNA and protein techniques, extraction and purification, and assays.

BTN 210: Cell Culture and Function (4)

Covers the use of cell culture in modern biotechnological applications with emphasis on laboratory skills in a variety of cell culture techniques. 4 credit hours.

BTN 220: Immunological Methods (4)

Covers immunological theory and applications with focus on techniques such as isolation, purification, and labeling of antibody molecules.

BTN 225: Protein Bioseparation (4)

Focuses on teaching students current strategies used to purify proteins.  Students spend the semester purifying a protein from E. coli and perform experiments to determine the yield and purity of their protein.  In addition, students perform enzyme assays to verify the quality of their protein. 

BTN 299: Selected Topics in Biotechnology

Addresses recent trends and discoveries in selected areas of biotechnology in a seminar format. Emphasizes discussion and critical thinking. 

We offer three credentials: Basic Biotechnician Certificate, Advanced Biotechnician Certificate, and an AAS in Biotechnology. View detailed program plans.