Biotechnology is the use or manipulation of an organism or the components of an organism. This program is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the scientific concepts and laboratory research techniques currently used in the field of biotechnology. Students attain knowledge about the field of biotechnology and deeper understanding of the biological concepts used. In addition, students develop the laboratory, critical thinking, and communication skills currently used in the biotechnology industry. Furthermore, students will explore and evaluate career opportunities in the field of biotechnology through extensive readings, laboratory experiments, class discussions, research projects, guest speakers, and workplace visits. The objectives covered in this course are both academic and technical in nature and are presented in a progressively rigorous manner.

Students will learn the basic biological and chemical processes of cell, tissues, and organisms. They will also learn the historical experiments that led to the central dogma of molecular biology and understand the basic processes of DNA replication, transcription and translation. Students will also gain an understanding of and exposure to assorted topics/concepts in biotechnology. They will apply the principles learned to develop techniques that can indirectly measure the molecular status of cells.  Students learn laboratory skills used in academic and industrial biotechnology laboratories, including methodologies used in the isolation and analysis of large macromolecules such as DNA and proteins. Students will also model the steps involved in the production of a recombinant DNA biotechnology product.  Students will learn the significance of biotechnology in pharmaceutical development, agriculture, forensics, genetic testing, industrial products, and scientific research. Also included in the curriculum is the study of how a biotechnology company works and the roles of its employees, as well as gaining an understanding of how bioinformatics is used in research.