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BIOT 355 - Molecular Biotechnology (4)
In-depth treatment of the fundamental molecular techniques in use in the field of biotechnology.  Designed to give hands-on experience as well as conceptual background in biotechnological methods.  Subjects covered will include: nucleic acid isolations, vectors, cloning, library screening, hybridizations, PCR, sequencing, sequence analysis and bioinformatics, and transgenic organisms.  Other subjects will vary to reflect current practice and developments in biotechnology.  Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.  Prerequisites: BIOL 210 and 211

BIOT 356 - Cellular Biotechnology (4)
In-depth treatment of the fundamental cellular techniques in use in the field of biotechnology. An overview of the drug discovery process presented together with theoretical and practical aspects of specific technologies.  Included in lecture and laboratory instruction are the physiology of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, culture of bacterial, plant, insect and mammalian cells, genetic engineering and expression systems, hybridomas, fermentation and scale-up technology, separation technology, protein, purification, and immunochemistry.  Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.  Prerequisites: BIOL 210 and 211

BIOT 357 - Foundations of Biotechnology (2)
A review of biotechnology applications and product development in the life science industry.  Topics will include: 1) the process of bringing a product to market from concept to sales; 2) laws, regulations, ethics, and social issues pertaining to the discovery, development, testing, manufacturing and commercial distribution; 3) skills of technical writing, Standard Operating Procedures and documentation of regulatory, quality assurance, and intellectual property; and 4) employment opportunities. Prerequisites: BIOL 210 and 211

BIOT 358 - Computer Skills for Biotechnology (3)
Designed to introduce and explain the application of computational and analytical methods to solve problems in biotechnology. Many of the popular software tools employed in biotechnology and informatics research will be covered.  The theoretical basis governing the use and importance of these tools will also be explored.Prerequisites: BIOL 210 and 211

CHEM 341 - Introduction to Biochemistry (3)
The object of this one semester course is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and language of biochemistry. The areas covered are (but not limited to): basic thermodynamics of biological systems, properties of amino acids, protein structure, introduction to enzyme kinetics, inhibition and regulation, nomenclature and structure of carbohydrates and lipids, the structure of biological membranes and membrane transport, the structure of nucleic acids and an introduction to metabolism. Prerequisites: CHEM 150 and CHEM 201/202 or equivalent.