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BIOL 1414 - Introduction to Biotechnology (4-3-4). An introduction to the field of biotechnology including applications of biotechnology in molecular biology, biochemistry, research, bioethics, and laboratory safe practices in a regulated environment. The course is supplemented with exciting hands-on laboratory exercises, and real-world research and industry applications which enable the student to master basic skills in working in a biotechnology lab; solution preparation, safe handling of hazardous material, nucleic acid isolation, recombinant DNA cloning, PCR and ELISA.  The course concludes with a bioscience career exploration including applied research, biomanufacturing, biomedical devices, and clinical trials.Skills: O Prerequisites: One year of high school biology and one year of high school chemistry or co-requisite of BIOL 1406 or BIOL 1408. Course Type: T


BIOL 1415 - Introduction to Biotechnology II (4-3-4). Lecture to focus on an integrative approach to the study of biomolecules with an emphasis on protein structures, functions and uses in a regulated biotechnology laboratory. Students will investigate the mechanisms involved in the transfer of from DNA sequences to proteins to biochemical functions. The course will integrate biological and chemical concepts with laboratory techniques that are used in research and industry; protein and enzyme assays, column chromatography, FPLC, spectrophotometry, PAGE and Western Blotting. Critical thinking will be applied in laboratory exercises using inquiry-based approaches, troubleshooting and analyzing experimental data.  The course concludes with advanced resume writing and interviewing skills. Skills: O Corequisite of BIOL 1414 and MATH 1314 Course Type: T * Course has been modified since print catalog publishing date.


BITC 1340 - Quality Assurance for the Biosciences (3-3-0) Quality assurance principles and applications. Includes quality assurance principles as they apply to biotechnology regulated and non-regulated work environments. In depth analysis of a broad range of quality systems and regulations including GXP, ISO9000, Lean and Six Sigma as they apply to the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, bioscience, 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. Prerequisites: BIOL 1414


BITC 2441 - Molecular Biology Techniques (4-3-4). A research-based course in the theory and laboratory techniques of molecular biotechnology with an emphasis on scientific written and oral communication. Applied molecular techniques  covered include nucleic acid isolation and analysis, recombinant DNA cloning, primer design, endpoint and real time PCR and the use of bioinformatics tools to identify, analyze and publish a novel gene sequence in a national database. Skills: O Prerequisites: BIOL 1415 and BITC 1240 Course Type: W


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. Aseptic techniques. Independent project. Prerequisites: BIOL 1415 and BITC 1240


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 an R&D pilot scale laboratory. Laboratory exercises will focus on quantitative and qualitative analyses by chromatography, centrifugation, spectrophotometry, immunochemistry and fluorescence.Prerequisites: BIOL 1415 and BITC 1240


BITC 1491 - Special Topics in Biological Technology/ Technician (4-3-4)
Introduction to Biomanufacturing - This is a foundation course for the biomanufacturing field, introducing basic regulatory protocols such as batch records 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 bioreactor preparation of primary cell cultures, cell preservation techniques, downstream processing, which includes columns, tangential filtration, Western Blot, ELISA and product formulation are explored. Skills: O Prerequisites: BIOL 1415 or BITC 1240. Course Type: W


BITC 1471 - Undergraduate Research (4-3-4) Life activities of microorganisms and their interactions with their surroundings are investigated in research projects designed and conducted by students. Emphasis is placed on applied research projects to solve current technological and environmental issues faced by our society, such as biofuels production and coral reef restoration. Utilizes bioscience laboratory, analytical, and communications skills.Skills: O Course Type: W


BITC 2486 - Internship-Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician I (4-0-21) Informal internship experience where students are closely supervised under a mentor and apply their entry level knowledge and training in a bioscience laboratory. The experience may be internal to the college where the student works on independent projects such as assisting in classroom laboratory preparation or protocol development under the supervision of an ACC instructor.  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.  Skills: O Prerequisites: Assigned by the College. Course Type: W


BITC 2487 - Internship-Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician II (4-0-21)  This is a formal internship experience where students are closely supervised under an industry mentor and apply their advanced biotechnology knowledge and training in a bioscience laboratory.  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.  Capstone course for A.A.S. and ATC.  Skills: O Course Type: W

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