BIO/BIOL135: Introduction to Biotechnology

This 3-credit course communicates the importance of scientific practices and their multifaceted application in daily life. The lecture focuses on a current topic in biotechnology that relates to human life and that has caused social concerns. Students survey historical and current evidence to learn about the philosophy of science, the nature of the problem, the causes of concern, and the scientific findings. Students then use the knowledge and skills learned in the course to construct a scientific investigation.

The 1-credit laboratory provides a user-friendly environment to introduce basic biotechnology techniques and practices to help students understand how to address biotechnology-related social concerns. Laboratory exercises include different laboratory practices in the field of biotechnology, ways to analyze and interpret experimental data, and how to arrive at conclusions based on evidence.

Offered: Fall
Credits: 4