Course Descriptions

INTRODUCTION TO BIOTECHNOLOGY

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

Location:  "Home" High School

Description: 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. Introduction to Biotechnology can be taken concurrently with Biotechnology 1.

BIOTECHNOLOGY 1 / SLOP (Standard Laboratory Operating Procedure)

Location:  Biotechnology Lab at CAA

Enrollment Based 4133 1 unit (2-hour block per semester) 10,11,12 Prerequisite – Biology 1 with “C” or better and Introduction to Biotechnology or concurrent enrollment.

Description: 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.

Caveats: 

  • There is a course fee of $30.00.
  • Biotechnology 1 can be taken concurrently with Intro to Biotechnology.

BIOTECHNOLOGY 2H* - Recombinant DNA Technology and Protein Production

Location:  Biotechnology lab at CAA

Description:  Students enrolled in Biotechnology 2 will apply advanced methods of investigation in biotechnology and bioscience topics. 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 industry, academic research facilities; and diagnostic and animal health laboratories.

Caveat: 

  • There is a course fee of $30.00.
  • *Honors credit requirement: participation/presentation of student’s original experimental research at a minimum 2 science symposia/ competitions/science fairs.

BIOTECHNOLOGY 3H* (Agriculture Biotech and Pharmaceuticals)

Location: Biotechnology Lab at CAA

Enrollment Based 4145 1 unit (2-hour block per semester) 11,12 Prerequisite – Biotechnology 2 with a grade of A

Description: In Biotechnology 3H, 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. Honors credit requirement* must be met in order to receive honors credit.

Caveats:

  • There is a course fee of $30.00.
  • *Honors credit requirement:  Meet all deadlines and present at 2 research symposia/competitions 
  • This course is repeatable for credit.

Coordinator/Teacher:  Brenda Bott

Location:  Center for Academic Achievement (CAA)

Email:  brendabott@smsd.org

Twitter: @smsdbiotech