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BTEC 170 PRINCIPLES OF APPLIED BIOSCIENCE (3)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: BTEC 170 or equivalent.
A survey of the principles that govern the living world, from molecules to cells and tissues, to organs and whole organisms, to populations and ecosystems, to the entire biosphere. Special emphasis is placed upon experimental approaches, current issues, and practical application of the scientific method and biological principles to issues affecting public health, agriculture, and socioeconomic change. Current news and developments in relevant areas of biological sciences and biotechnology will be reviewed and discussed. Also listed as BIOL 170. Transfer credit: UC; CSU.
BTEC 171 LABORATORY PRINCIPLES OF APPLIED BIOSCIENCE (1)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lab. Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in BTEC 170 or equivalent.
The laboratory introduces students to practical methods in preparing materials, reagents and media for conducting biological investigations and products of genetic engineering. Students will learn to measure and prepare solutions of various concentrations and pH, how to use basic chemistry and biological instrumentation such as digital scales, pipettes and micropipettes, centrifuges, and vertical and horizontal electrophoresis apparatuses. Students will plan and conduct biological experiments using the scientific method and employing modern laboratory methods and instrumentation. Data will be analyzed using spreadsheet software for tabulation and graphing. Teamwork, responsible lab technique, and proper and thorough notebook keeping will be emphasized. Also listed as BIOL 171. Transfer credit: CSU.
BTEC 400 FOUNDATIONS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY (2)
(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 16-18 lecture/48-54 lab. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Overview of the origin and development of biotechnology and the bioscience industries. Includes cell growth, medical and food products produced by or impacted by biotechnology, and career opportunities in biotechnology. Also includes laboratory experience with bioreactors and making products. Transfer credit: CSU.

BTEC 880SA BIOTECHNOLOGY BOOT CAMP (2)

16-18 lecture hours/semester and 48-54 lab hours/semester. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

An introduction to topics in biotechnology and STEM careers. Modules will explore how the scientific method is used to discover biologicals for use in pharmacology, agriculture, energy and manufacturing, and how potential products are selected and eventually manufactured in these industry sectors. Students will also study Bay Area biotechnology entrepreneurs and how local biotechnology companies were started. Students will survey STEM careers and companies in the general Bay Area. (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)