LOWER DIVISION COURSES

Course   BIT 1
Title Introduction to Biotechnology
Instructor Yoder, Dandekar
Units 4
Quarter Offered Spring
Prerequisites None
Catalog Description Principles and applications of biotechnology. Topics include microbial biotechnology, agricultural biotechnology, biofuels, cloning, bioremediation, medical biotechnology, DNA fingerprinting and forensics.
Summary Ten topical areas correspond to the ten week quarter.
The topics of regulations and ethics will be worked in throughout the course
1) Intro to genes and genomics
* Cell structure, prokaryotes and eukaryotes
* DNA and genes
* Chromosomes and genomes
* RNA and protein synthesis 
2) Recombinant DNA
* DNA modifying enzymes
* Vectors
* Identifying genes
* Bioinformatics 
3) Proteins as products
* Medical applications, food processing, textiles, detergents, paper making, adhesives, bioremediation
* Protein structures
* Protein production and purification
* Proteomics 
4) Microbial biotechnology
* Food products, therapeutic proteins, agricultural components
* Vaccines
* Microbial diagnostics
* Combating bioterrorism
* Biofuels 
5) Plant biotechnology
* The history of plants and agriculture 101
* Traditional and biotech breeding
* Transgenic plants and altered gene expression
* Applications of transgenic plants
* Non food products, ethanol
* Global world market
* Biofuels 
6) Animal biotechnology
* Animals in research
* Clones
* Transgenic animals
* Protein hormones for more efficient milk production 
7) Aquatic biotechnology
* Economics of Aquaculture
* Novel drugs from the sea
* Environmental remediation 
8) Bioremediation
* Chemicals in the environment
* Fundamentals of clean-up reactions
* Metabolizing microbes
* Genetically engineered microbes 
9) Fingerprinting and forensics
* The technology
* Isolating DNA
* Rules of evidence
* Familial relationships
* Non-human DNA analysis 
10) Medical biotechnology
* Detecting and diagnosis of disease
* New medicines, vaccines, and artificial blood
* Gene therapy
* Regenerative medicine
* Human genome project
* Cloning