Montgomery College 2022-2023 Catalog 
    Apr 13, 2024  
Montgomery College 2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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BIOT 110 - Introduction to Biotechnology

Designed to introduce students to multiple aspects of the biotechnology industry. The biology behind biotechnology including an introduction to DNA, proteins, cells and cell function, and genetic engineering is the introductory unit. Another unit describes various sectors of the biotechnology industry including diagnostics, therapeutics, agriculture, and bioremediation. Product development in the context of a regulated environment (GLP, GCP, cGMP) and company structure is also described. A third area covers job search, employer expectations, and ethics at the workplace. Also discussed is an introduction to basic laboratory math, lab safety, equipment and reagents, and introduction to experimental design. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 011 , MATH 050 , READ 120  or higher Three hours each week.

3 semester hours

May not be taken concurrently with MATH 017  or MATH 020  or MATH 030  or MATH 045  without appropriate Math assessment score.

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Explain the basic scientific principles and methods of biotechnology such as gene and protein expression, genetic engineering, PCR, and cell therapy.
  • Describe the business of biotechnology (business units such as R&D, PD, HR, and finance) and the development of a biotech product, with a focus on therapeutics.
  • Describe the role of the FDA and other regulatory agencies in the biotechnology industry - explain the need for the FDA and the concepts of GLP and cGMP.
  • Prepare a resume and cover letter appropriate to finding and applying for jobs in the biotech industry.

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