The Math & Science Summer Institute is excited to offer a Biotechnology Track to qualified high-school and current Palm Beach State College students. The biotechnology lab capabilities mimics the industry with impressive equipment such as an automated DNA Sequencer used in forensics and the industrial-grade bioreactors used in biomanufacturing and research. The biotechnology track will introduce students to biotechnology processes and methods currently used in the industry.
In addition, Biotechnology students will also be able to visit and perform experiments at well-renowned companies. Florida’s life sciences sector is growing as a result of The Scripps Research Institute building a brand new facility in the area. The Max Planck Institute will also be expanding to Jupiter and will specialize in Molecular Imaging. Among the bioscience companies currently in this area include: BioTools, Inc., PDR-Chiral, Cytonics, Sancilio and Company, Dyadic International, Ocean Ridge Biosciences, DNA Labs International, Drug Study Institute, TransDermal Technologies, and Torrey Pines Institute of Molecular Studies to name a few.
As a student in the Biotechnology track, you will learn and witness techniques in the classroom and in industry that impacts all areas of our society. Don’t delay, sign up for the Biotechnology Track today.
BSC2421 Introduction to Biotechnology Honors
This lecture course provides a comprehensive approach to the historical and current concepts of biotechnology. It introduces principles of genomics proteomics with emphasis on the molecular biology aspects of genetic engineering and recombinant DNA technology. This course covers biotechnology product development, funding, regulation, and clinical testing. Legal, ethical and social issues will be discussed surrounding stem cells, GMOs, gene therapy, and cloning. In a lecture science course where there is a required co-requisite lab, students may with draw from the lab class, but stay in the lecture class. (Students may also choose to withdraw from both.) Students will not be allowed to withdraw from the lecture and remain enrolled in the lab. A grade of C or higher is required for this course to be used as a General Education course.
Honors students will benefit from additional opportunities to think critically about the ever-expanding biotechnology field. The students will be given the opportunity to explore areas of interest to a greater extent through an honors project. The honors project will allow the students to envision what it is like to be a research and entrepreneur in the biotechnology field. Students will create a biotechnology company and product. They will be required to write a report along with prepare and present a Powerpoint presentation on the product featured by their company. In addition, the class will benefit from outside speakers and field trips to high-profile local biotechnology companies.
Expected Study Time:
The lecture is an online hybrid, which means that students can expect to be responsible for reading all of the required lecture material prior to coming to class, and will use class time for discussion of the major topics. Lecture is 2 hrs/day and meets once a week. Expected study/prep time out of class is 5 hrs.
BSC2421L Introduction to Biotechnology Lab
This laboratory course provides hands on experience for basic and common biotechnology laboratory techniques in the areas of laboratory safety, aseptic techniques, measurements, calculations, preparation of solutions, use of pH meters, spectrophotometers, centrifuges, etc., as well as training in specific biotechnology techniques, including DNA extraction and amplification, plasmid transformation, agarose gel electrophoresis, preparation of LB broth and agar plates and restriction digestion of DNA. A grade of C or higher is required for this course to be used as a General Education course.
Expected Study Time: The lab meets twice a week, 6 hrs each day. Expected study/prep time out of class is 6 hrs.
Dr. Alexandra Gorgevska, professor of Biotechnology.
Link to: Biotechnology website