Introduction to Biotechnology


This course is an introduction to the field of biotechnology. Topics include recombinant DNA, production of biological molecules, bioprocessing, and current events. Students also review employment and careers in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. Laboratories include aseptic technique, pipetting and measurement, DNA extraction and restriction digestion, gel electrophoresis, and PCR.

4 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Biotechnology Methods and Techniques


This course is an introduction to common practices and methodologies of Biotechnology. Students receive hands-on experience using and maintaining laboratory instruments. Laboratory procedures include: solution preparation, aseptic technique, protein separations and assays, DNA electrophoresis, and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Lectures support the laboratory activities.

4 credits
Prerequisite: CHEM121 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Cell and Tissue Culture


This course is an introduction to the theory, standard practices, and methodologies of animal cell culture. Students receive hands-on laboratory experience including sterile technique, media preparation, cell counting, maintenance and storage of cell lines, and scale-up. Lectures support the laboratory activities.

4 credits
Prerequisite: BIOT125 (C or better) and BIOL121 (C or better)
Corequisite: None



The course provides a solid foundation in the biomanufacturing process of biopharmaceuticals, including producing them under current Good Manufacturing Practices. Students use bacteria, mammalian and/or yeast cells to produce human proteins using the tools of manufacturing, such as upstream and downstream processing of proteins and quality control of protein production.

4 credits
Prerequisite: BIOT125 (C or better) or permission of the department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Corequisite: None

Biotechnology Seminar


This course is intended to prepare students for careers in Biotechnology. Topics include resume writing, interview skills, and discussion and presentation of scientific data. The course features speakers from the biotechnology industry and field trips to biotechnology laboratories.

1 credits
Prerequisite: BIOT125 (C or better)
Corequisite: None