Course Descriptions


4154 1/2 Unit Biological Science 10,11,12 Prerequisite – Biology

Location:  "Home" High School

This course is designed to give students an introduction to biotechnology including a description of the science of biotechnology; examples of careers; and job responsibilities associated with biotechnology. The course includes an in-depth look at several biotechnology careers available in the local area. Students will gain introductory laboratory experience and develop the use of scientific processes including scientific writing and reading. Intro to Biotechnology can be taken concurrently with Biotechnology 1. This course is taught at all five high schools.


BIOTECHNOLOGY 1 / SLOP (Standard Laboratory Operating Procedure)

Location:  Biotechnology Lab at CAA

4133 1 unit (2-hour block per semester) 10,11,12

Prerequisite – Biology 1 with “C” or better. Introduction to Biotechnology recommended but not required.

This course is designed to provide students an authentic laboratory experience. Each student will practice the safe use of laboratory equipment and techniques currently utilized in the “real” biotechnology industry. Students will have many opportunities to apply the laboratory skills techniques and knowledge of scientific process to design authentic scientific research. Critical thinking and communication skills will be developed in order to effectively communicate results of data collection and interpretation. Course cost is $30.00. Biotechnology 1 can be taken concurrently with Intro to Biotechnology.



Location:  Biotechnology lab at CAA

4143 1 unit (2-hour block per semester) 11,12

Prerequisite – Biotechnology 1

Students will apply advanced methods of investigation in the biotechnology and bioscience field. Each student will practice advanced techniques in such areas as recombinant DNA technology assay development and production/ purification of proteins. The course includes opportunities to tour/job shadow local diagnostic and animal health laboratories. Course cost is $30.00.



Location: Biotechnology Lab at CAA

4145 1 unit (2-hour block per semester) 11,12

Prerequisite – Biotechnology 1

Students will continue to develop advanced methods and techniques used in biotechnology and bioscience academia and industry. Students collaborate with each other and business partners/mentors to develop solutions to global issues including food production, health and environment. Course cost is $30.00.



Location: Biotechnology Lab at CAA

4147 Credit Varies, 1/2 unit increments 11,12

Prerequisite – Biotechnology 1

Students will gain experience and understanding of all aspects of the industry through an off-site research, internship, or job shadow. Students will gain industry-related skills in planning, management, finance, technology, labor issues, community involvement, safety, and personal work habits. *Honors credit requirement: participation/presentation of student’s original experimental research at a minimum 2 science symposia/competitions/ science fairs. This course may be repeated for credit. Course cost is $30.00.


Dr. Kenneth Lee

Zulma Perez-Estrella

Doug Moles

Location:  Center for Academic Achievement (CAA)


Twitter: @smsdbiotech