Bio 211AD: Biotechnology Seminar: Ethical and Moral Issues
This course, as a continuation in the biotechnology seminar series, covers the relevant issues of ethics and morality, and the implications they have on the field of biotechnology.
Bio 213: BioSafety
This course offers students vital information about general laboratory safety, hazardous chemical and biohazardous material use and disposal, proper biosafety procedures, radiation safety, and CPR training and certification. Students will learn how to read and interpret health and hazard information on chemical labels, as well as covering the hazards of airborne contaminants, and even apply their knowledge in a hypothetical hazardous waste disposal scenario. This course has no prerequisites and is available to all interested students.
Bio 220: Biology of Microorganisms
This course provides a detailed study of microbial cells, their structure, genetics, physiology, and taxonomy. Students will use compound microscopes to study microbial organisms. Students will also study the techniques and applications of genetic engineering, the history and structure of viruses, the human immune-response to infection, and scope of infectious diseases in our environment.
Bio 241: Human Genetics
This introduction to the basics of human heredity and genetics offers the student a truly unique opportunity to become familiar with the techniques of recombinant DNA technology, and even participate in gene-cloning labs. In addition, students will use a computer-based laboratory program allowing them to replicate some of the cutting edge science being done today in human genetics and gene therapy.
Bio 247: Applied Biosciences: Biotechnology
This course applies the concepts of molecular and cellular biology (of bacteria, animals, and plants) to real-world problems. Students will learn methods of culturing cells and viruses, recombinant DNA technology, and genetic analysis. Students will learn how to use the basic equipment found in a typical molecular and cellular biology laboratory, as well as bacteriological technique. Students will also have the opportunity to clone a segment of DNA (a gene), and develop a protocol for “correcting” genetic deficiencies or mutations. They will also be able to test DNA through various current techniques to confirm the identity of their DNA sample.
CHM 260: Fundamental Biochemistry
This course is designed for students interested in a deeper understanding of proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, and how their structures and properties affect living systems. Students will learn about the utilization and synthesis of these materials, and offers a particular benefit to those studying agriculture, dental hygiene, home economics, nursing, physical therapy, and other subjects in the biological or chemical sciences.