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Biotechnology Courses

Biotechnology College Credit Certificate

Biotechnology AS Degree

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Introduction to Biotechnology - BSC2421

Lecture and lab course.  An overview of biotechnology concepts in both a historical and current context. Students are introduced to basic principles of genomics, proteomics, recombinant DNA technology, and molecular biology aspects of genetic engineering. The lab course allows students to gain hands-on experience in common biotechnology industry methods such as laboratory safety, aseptic techniques, measurements and calculations, and preparation of solutions. Students also obtain training in specific biotechnology techniques such as DNA extraction and amplification, polymerase chain reaction, and protein isolation and identification.

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Biotechnology 1 - BSC2420*

Lecture and lab course. Allows the student to learn DNA and RNA technology. The student will learn concepts in genomics, proteomics, genetic engineering, and recombinant DNA technology. There is a strong emphasis in forensic and biomedical biotechnology. In addition, the student will gain exposure to DNA sequencing and microarray analyses.

* offered in spring

Genomic DNA Agarose Gel     Plate Image    Nano RNA

Biotechnology 2 - BSC2427*

Lecture and lab. Designed to introduce the student to protein expression, structure, processing and production. The student will learn about various chromatography techniques such as Fast Protein Liquid Chromatography (FPLC) and Size Exclusion Chromatography, run protein gels, quantify proteins and complete a western blot. Students will visit local biotech company labs, meet scientists from our bioscience community and participate in a research project poster presentation.

* offered in fall

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Internship Course - BSC2945C

Students in Palm Beach State's Biotechnology program are performing fascinating experiments right now on campus and at local research laboratories. Internships allow students to apply their skills to a real-life biotechnology laboratory, perform a cutting-edge research project, meet colleagues in the field, build a network for the future, and create employment possibilities in biotechnology. Many of our students are offered full-time or part-time employment after completion of the internship.

Biotechnology Internship Resources:

Internship Checklist

Internship Agreement

Student Evaluation Form

Supervisor Evaluation Form

Project Scope - Example

Time sheet Format - Example

Internship Flyer - Example

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) – Example

Biotechnology Internship Opportunities page

For more information, contact Dr. Becky Mercer at 561-207-5059 or Dr. Alex Gorgevska at 561-207-5003.


Introduction to Bioinformatics - BSC2435

Bioinformatics is the application of information technology to the field of molecular biology. In this course, the student will gain an opportunity to analyze primary data using bioinformatics tools and learn what they mean in a biological context. The student will also learn what databases are used when with DNA, RNA, or protein such as PubMed, Blast, and GenBank, depending on your research needs. This will allow you to further analyze the results obtained in the laboratory.

Bioinformatics is offered fully online in the Fall and Spring. Non-Degree seeking students must first apply for admission to the College and contact the Program Director (mercerb@palmbeachstate.edu) regarding enrolling in this course.


Introduction to Biotechnology Instrumentation - BSC2426C*

Designed to introduce students to various instruments used in the industry. The student will use and maintain various instruments in the lab which includes ordering reagents and requesting technical support from the manufacturer. The student will perform experiments using our high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), fast-protein liquid chromatography (FPLC), gas-chromatography-mass spectroscopy, and DNA sequencer instruments, to name a few. In addition, the student will perform experiments on our bioreactor.

* offered in fall and spring


Introduction to Tissue Culture Laboratory - BSC2416C*

Allows students to be exposed to animal and plant tissue culture. The student will gain experience in the maintenance of equipment and techniques used in a tissue culture laboratory. Students will be exposed to various cell culture lines, learn how to handle and maintain these cell lines, prepare various media solutions, carry out general tissue culture assays (such as transfection), and perform a batch scale-up of cells using the bioreactor.

* offered in fall

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