Grade Levels: 10-12
Prerequisite: Biology with a grade of C or better
The focus of Biotechnology 1 is on mastery of basic standard laboratory operating procedures. Record-keeping, safe and proper use of equipment, and employee etiquette are stressed. Students learn sterile technique, cell culture, DNA and protein isolation and analysis, including electrophoresis. In the second semester students build on the skills developed in semester I with emphasis on assay development, spectrophotometry, recombinant DNA technology, and bacterial transformation. Second semester also focuses on career exploration, resume writing, and informational interview.
This course meets the UC/CSU “D” laboratory science requirement.
This course meets the CTE district graduation requirement.