BIOSC-157                     Foundations in Biotechnology

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Prerequisite: BIOSC 106 or challenge by exam; or  BIOSC 172L

Co-requisite: BIOSC 159

This course is designed to provide students wanting to enter the field of biotechnology with a solid foundation in the chemical, biochemical, microbiological, mathematical, bioinformatic and regulatory concepts used in biotechnology labs.Students practice laboratory calculations, design and analyze experiments, and become familiar with the documentation and practices important for working in a regulated environment (laboratory notebooks, QA/QC, SOP’s, cGMP).Good communication and work-readiness skills are emphasized.

 

BIOSC-159                     Foundations in Biotechnology Laboratory

1 Unit: 54 hours of laboratory per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

Co-requisite: BIOSC 157

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Areas B3-Laboratory Activity, and the IGETC for Area 5: Physical and Biological Sciences under Biological Sciences.

This course is designed to provide students with training in the skills and applications commonly used in biotechnology and molecular biology laboratories.It will provide technical practice with analytical instruments, the formulation and use of reagents, and the culture and study of model organisms.Students will learn and apply the Scientific Method, perform data analysis, keep a laboratory notebook according to cGMP, follow Standard Operating Procedures and practice good communication and teamwork skills as they carry out laboratory experiments that reveal foundational concepts of biology, biotechnology, and molecular biology.

 

BIOSC-172                     Introduction to Biotechnology

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU, UC

This course meets the CSU General Education requirement for Areas B2-Life Science, and the IGETC for Area 5B: Phys Biological Science

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.

 

BIOSC-172L                     Introduction to Biotechnology Lab

2 Units: 18 hours of lecture and 54 hours of laboratory, per term, LG, DG, CSU, UC

Materials fee: $25.00

This is an introductory laboratory course in which scientific and biotechnology methodology is taught and used to explore and experiment with topics found in the Introduction to Biotechnology lecture course (BioSc 172). It is a brief introduction to the skills and concepts necessary to work in the biotechnology industry, allied health, or related fields. 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, and a survey of general methodologies utilized in biotechnology research and manufacturing. Field trips may be included.