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BITC 1200 Fundamentals of Biological Sciences ( 2-1-2 ).
Introduction to the skills and concepts necessary to work in the biotechnology industry, allied health, or other biology related fields. Basic concepts and lab skills will be taught at the college and in industry settings.

BITC 1191 Special Studies and Bioethical Issues of Biotechnology (1-0-1) Current events, skills, attitudes, and behaviors pertinent to biotechnology and relevant to the professional development of the student. Includes exploration of ethical and legal behaviors in the context of the biotechnology industry.

BITC 1311 INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY ( 3-2-3 ). An introduction to biotechnology including career exploration, history and applications of DNA/RNA technology molecular biology, bioethics, and laboratory safe practices. The course is supplemented with laboratory exercises, demonstrations and field trips that illustrate the basic techniques of biotechnology including laboratory topics and finally the course concludes with a consideration of bioethical issues relating to this powerful new technology.
Prerequisites: One year of high school biology and one year of high school chemistry or BIOL 1406, or the equivalent, or Departmental approval. BITC 1402

BIOL 1414 INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY (4-3-4).
An introduction to biotechnology including career exploration, history and applications of DNA/RNA technology molecular biology, bioethics, and laboratory safe practices.  The course is supplemented with laboratory exercises, demonstrations and field trips that illustrate the basic techniques of biotechnology including laboratory topics and finally the course concludes with a consideration of bioethical issues relating to this powerful new technology.  Fee: $24 Insurance: $3.50 Prerequisites: One year of high school biology and one year of high school chemistry or co-requisite: BIOL 1406

BIOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY METHODS AND TECHNIQUES ( 4-3-4 ). Emphasis is on researching information on the computer, laboratory operations, management, equipment, instrumentation, quality control techniques, and safety procedures. Lecture emphasis will be on biochemistry and bioorganic topics including drug discovery. Laboratory practice will be in lab safety, mixing buffers, preparing solutions, performing organic chemistry techniques that are used in industry, and the design of enzyme and protein assays.
Prerequisites: BITC 1311, MATH 1314, BIOL 1406, CHEM 1411.

BITC 1240 Quality Assurance for the Biosciences ( 2-2-0 ).
Quality assurance principles and applications. Includes quality control and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations to the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, and biomedical device industries. Skills: G ( ) Course Type: W

BITC 2350
Bioinformatics (3-0-3). Current topics in bioinformatics and computational biology. Includes methods for high-throughput data collection, storing, and accessing biological data. Covers programs and algorithms used to analyze data. Insurance: $3.50
Prerequisites: BITC 1311

BITC 2431 CELL CULTURE TECHNIQUES ( 4-3-4 ). A study of cell culture techniques, the laboratory emphasizes the principles and practices of initiation, cultivation, maintenance, and the preservation of cell lines including applications such as transfection and project management. Basic immunology including ELISAs and Western Blots are also taught.
Prerequisites:BITC 1311 or Departmental Approval.  

BITC 1491 INTRODUCTION TO BIOMANUFACTURING (4-3-4). This is a foundation course for the field, introducing basic documentation and standard operating procedures which are commonly used in accordance with Federal Drug Administration guidelines. Upstream processing, which includes the growth and maintenance of cell cultures, use of equipment such as the biological safety cabinet and Fermentor, preparation of primary cell cultures, cell preservation techniques, Elisa techniques are all covered.
Prerequisites: BITC 1311 or Departmental Approval.

BITC 2441 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TECHNIQUES ( 4-3-4 ). An introduction to the theory and laboratory techniques in molecular biology with an emphasis on DNA replication, transcription, gene expression and regulation, recombinant DNA and RNA techniques such as transformation, RT-PCR, Northern Blots, microarray analysis and DNA bioinformatic tools. Prerequisites: BIOL1406, BITC 1402 or Departmental Approval .

BITC 2411 BIOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY INSTRUMENTATION ( 4-3-4 ). Lecture will discuss theory, applications, and operation of various analytical instruments with an emphasis on protein purification in both an R&D laboratory and a biomanufacturing facility. Laboratory exercises will focus on quantitative and qualitative analyses by chromatography, centrifugation, spectrophotometry, and electrophoresis. An introduction to protein bioinformatic tools is included.
Prerequisites: BITC 2401 or Departmental Approval .

BITC 2486 INTERNSHIP-BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY/TECHNICIAN I (CAPSTONE) ( 4-1-20 ). The experience can be internal to the college where the student prepares kits for the Biotechnology Center for distribution under the supervision of a trained ACC instructor. Activities include designing and refining laboratory protocols for the classroom use. Or the experience can be external to the college, where the student is mentored and supervised by a workplace employee. This may be paid or unpaid experience. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (Capstone for certificate or elective for A.A.S).
Prerequisites: Assigned by the College.

BITC 2487 INTERNSHIP-BIOLOGICAL TECHNOLOGY/TECHNICIAN II (CAPSTONE) ( 4-1-20 ). This is an experience external to the college for an advanced student in a specialized field involving a written agreement between the educational institution and a business or industry partner. Mentored and supervised by a workplace employee, the student achieves objectives that are developed and documented by the college that directly relate to specific occupational outcomes. This may be paid or unpaid experience. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (Capstone course for A.A.S).

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