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Courses Offered

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.)