This course is nearly at capacity for students applying in the Regular round. We strongly recommend you consider at least one alternative course option for your application.
This course is designed to provide a stimulating introduction to the world of biotechnology. Starting with an overview of the basic concepts of molecular biology and genetics that serve as a foundation for biotechnology, the course will segue into the various applied fields of biotechnology. Lectures and some of the corresponding hands-on experiments will include microbial biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, biofuels, cloning, bioremediation, medical biotechnology, DNA fingerprinting, and forensics. The goal of this course is to provide students with an appreciation of important biotechnology breakthroughs, the techniques involved and the associated bioethics issues.
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High School biology is required. Students tend to be more successful in this course when they have completed the most advanced biology course their high school offers and attained a strong grade in the course.
Students who enjoy biological lab work should also consider The Circle of Life: Topics in Developmental Biology, Contagion: Infectious Agents & Diseases, Pathways in Molecular Engineering and Mathematical and Computational Research in Biological Sciences. Biotechnology for the 21st Century is offered in both sessions.
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