Biotechnology (BTEC)

BTEC 1340. Quality Assurance and Quality Control in Biotechnology. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on the different approaches required for quality control techniques in biotechnological projects. Special emphasis is placed on assurance issues. Methods for project management, budget responsibilities, and proper use of biological controls, as well as statistical analysis of false positives and false negatives, are discussed.

BTEC 2431. Cell Culture Techniques. 4 Hours.

This course will introduce students to the principle and practices of initiation, cultivation, maintenance, and preservation of cell lines. Prerequisite: BIOL 1415.

BTEC 411. Protein Purification and Analysis. 4 Hours.

This course focuses on the theory and application of many biochemical techniques involved in protein purification and characterization. Techniques include types of chromatography, electrophoresis, and blotting. Students will think critically about methodology, design a purification scheme, and troubleshoot an existing purification scheme.

BTEC 440. Advanced Bioinformatics. 4 Hours.

Two bacterial species, E. Coli and B. thuringiensis will be used to demonstrate multiple approaches to develop genetically modified strains expressing functional applications to biotechnology outcomes. This course relies on rational manipulation of genetic elements in the bacteria to generate useful products. Prerequisite: MATH 2342, BIOL 310, and BTEC 310.

BTEC 450. Proteomics. 4 Hours.

This course is designed to acquire the knowledge related to the concepts of proteomics and their applications to characterize and analyze the human proteome and the applications of this knowledge to personalized medicine.

BTEC 472. Fundamentals of DNA Forensics. 4 Hours.

Fundamentals of DNA Forensics explores the current methods of DNA typing. It encompasses current forensic DNA analysis methods, as well as biology, technology, and genetic interpretation. The course will follow the path of DNA evidence starting with sample collection and the processes of DNA extraction, quantitation, amplification, and statistical interpretation. By the end of the course, students will explore the important role of DNA evidence for law enforcement.

BTEC 473. Fundamentals of DNA Forensics. 4 Hours.

Fundamentals of DNA forensics explores the current methods of DNA typing. It encompasses current forensic DNA analysis methods, as well as biology, technology, and genetic interpretation. The course will follow the path of DNA evidence starting with sample collection and the processes of DNA extraction, quantitation, amplification, and statistical interpretation. By the end of the course, students will explore the important role of DNA evidence for law enforcement. Cross-listed with BIOL 473.

BTEC 482. Biotechnology Capstone Experience I. 4 Hours.

The Biotechnology Capstone Experience I is intended to bring the students closer to a real working environment that should prepare them for facing daily challenges found around other people who have more experience in the field and are more familiar with the difficulties and limitations outside academic settings. The capstone may have two possible options depending upon resources, industrial openings, and student interest. It is suggested that if a student selects one of the two possible lines for the capstone experience in course BTEC 482, s/he should select the same type of experience for the continuation course, BTEC 483. These two possibilities are i) industrial/laboratory experience and ii) basic and/or applied research. Prerequisite: MATH 2342, CHEM 410, BTEC 310, and BTEC 440.

BTEC 483. Biotechnology Capstone Experience II. 4 Hours.

The Biotechnology Capstone Experience II is intended to bring the students closer to a real working environment that should prepare them for facing daily challenges found around other people who have more experience in the field and are more familiar with the difficulties and limitations outside academic settings. The capstone may have two possible options depending upon resources, industrial openings, and student interest. These two possibilities are i) industrial/laboratory experience and ii) basic and/or applied research. Prerequisite: MATH 2342, CHEM 410, BTEC 310, BTEC 440, and BTEC 482.

BTEC 499. Independent Research. 6 Hours.

Research in Biotechnology is conducted under faculty guidelines. The research topic is to be agreed upon by the instructor and the student by the start of the course. The research project should result in a detailed report based on the project. If appropriate (if the obtained results are publishable), the project may result in a conference paper or a paper that can be submitted for consideration to a peer-reviewed journal. A 45-minute presentation based on the research project results shall also be prepared and delivered in front of an audience. A detailed Power Point presentation (about 30 slides) shall also be prepared. Prerequisite: Junior and Senior standing for BTEC students only. Approval by the Dean based on the instructor's recommendation is required.