Biotechnology Courses

 

Biotechnology Courses

City College of San Francisco

 

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Courses marked with B2B are restricted to students enrolled in the Lab Assistant - Bridge to Biotech program.

 

BTEC 5. Briefings in Biotechnology (1)

Lec-1, field trips   P/NP Available

Underlying principles of molecular biology and the laboratory procedures involved in the biotechnology industry. Examples of new products, processes, and prospects for the future in medicine, environmental restoration, forensics, and agriculture. Implications for society and governmental regulations. Features lectures by scientists currently working in the biotechnology industry.

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BTEC 6. Basics of Cell Culture (1)

Lec-9, lab-27 (total hrs)   P/NP Available

Advise: BTEC 5

Introduction to cell culture and stem cell biology and techniques. Topics include aseptic techniques, counting cells, cell/stem cell culture maintenance, transfection, cytotoxicity, fluorescence labeling and stem cell differentiation. Practical experience includes use of common laboratory equipments such as micropipettes, centrifuges, inverted and fluorescent microscopes.

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BTEC 10. Research Skills for Career Opportunities in Biology (2) B2B

Lec-1, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available

COREQ.: BTEC 107 and BTEC 108A

Introduction to the skills and concepts necessary to work in the biotechnology industry, allied health or other biology-related fields. Basic concepts and lab skills will be taught at the college.

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BTEC 12A. GLP and GMP Principles (1)

Lec-18 (total hrs), field trips   P/NP Available

General overview of Food and Drug Administration regulations as they pertain to the biotechnology field. The course will emphasize cGLP, cGMP and SOP practices that pertain to biopharmaceutical laboratory and manufacturing facilities.

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BTEC 12B. GMP Compliance (1)

Lec-18 (total hrs), field trips   P/NP Available

PREREQ.: BTEC 12A

Detailed discussion of the systems (procedures and documents) required to achieve compliance with the FDA Good Manufacturing Practice regulations as they relate to biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

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BTEC 14A. Biotechnology Laboratory Techniques (2) B2B

Lec-1.5, lab 1.5   

COREQ.: Completion or concurrent enrollment in BTEC 10

A laboratory focused introduction to laboratory techniques needed for entry-level positions in the biotechnology industry, especially in the research field.

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BTEC 14B. Biotechnology Internship Experience (2) B2B

Work-10, conf.-2   

PREREQ.: BTEC 14A

Provides an off-campus internship experience in Bay Area biotechnology companies and bioscience research laboratories. Students will be placed in biotechnology-related internships including, but not limited to, glassware washers, laboratory assistants, animal technicians, biomanufacturing technicians, calibration technicians, environmental health and safety technicians, quality control technicians and quality assurance technicians.

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BTEC 21A. Mammalian Cell Culture (2)

Lec-36, lab-18 (total hrs), field trips   P/NP Available

ADVISORY: BIO 11 or 101A; and CHEM 32 or 40 or 101A; and MATH 840 or ET 108A

Introduction to techniques for culturing mammalian cells, including media preparation, sterile technique, freezing, thawing, subculturing, and maintaining cells. Theory includes the selection of media, maintaining sterile conditions, preventing contamination, as well as cellular responses to DNA damage and gene expression. Practical experience includes the proper use and care of equipment for culturing cells.

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BTEC 21B. Fluorescent Cell Technology (2)

Lec-36, lab-18 (total hrs), field trips   P/NP Available

PREREQ.: BTEC 21 or 21A

Introduction to advanced techniques in the study of normal and mutant tissue culture cells including organelle visualization with various fluorophores, transfection with fluorescent markers, and immunostaining. In depth coverage of the theory behind and use of fluorescent microscopy and current research methods using fluorescent technology, including apoptosis assays and immunohistochemistry, DNA microarrays and FACS analysis.

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BTEC 21C. Stem Cell Technology (3)

Lec-48, lab-24 (total hrs), field trips   P/NP Available

PREREQ.: BTEC 21B

A general introduction to the principles of stem cell biology. Topics include embryonic stem cells in early development, adult stem cells, potential applications of stem cell culture and ethical issues involved in stem cell research. Emphasis on laboratory techniques including proper use and care of equipment, flow cytometry, isolation of mouse adult stem cells, and culture of mouse embryonic stem cells.

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BTEC 21D. Stem Cell Technology Internship (4)

Lec-4   

Provides the necessary tools for students placed in off-campus stem cell biology internships in companies and research laboratories. Types of internships may include, but not be limited to, differentiation of pluripotent stem cells, FACS analysis, primary cell culture, propagation of iPS cells, immunolocalization, microarray analysis and tumor cell characterization.

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BTEC 22. Immunoassay: ELISA (1)

Lec-14, lab-10 (total hrs), field trips   P/NP Available

Underlying principles of immunoassay with focus on ELISA. Examples of new procedures, technical advances, past, present and future prospects in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and clinical laboratory settings will be discussed. Implications for society and governmental regulations will be addressed. Course will feature hands on exercises emphasizing all aspects of ELISA.

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BTEC 23. Western Blotting Techniques (1)

Lec-16, lab-8 (total hrs), field trips   P/NP Available

Underlying principles of immunoassays with focus on Western blotting. Examples of new procedures, technical advances, past, present and future prospects in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and clinical laboratory settings will be discussed. Implications for society and governmental regulations will be addressed. Course will feature hands-on laboratory exercises emphasizing all aspects of Western blotting.

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BTEC 24. Introduction to PCR (1)

Lec-16, lab-8 (total hrs), field trips   P/NP Available

An introduction to the theoretical aspects and laboratory techniques of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Students gain practical experience performing PCR as well as experimenting with optimization of the reaction. Applications of PCR used in DNA fingerprinting, diagnostic medicine, genome mapping, evolutionary relationship determination, and epidemiology will be discussed.

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BTEC 25. Analytical PCR Technology (1)

Lec-16, lab-8 (total hrs), field trips   P/NP Available

PREREQ.: Completion of BTEC 24 or demonstration of BTEC 24 exit skills

A course in the theory and practice of current polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analytical methods. Students will gain laboratory experience in performing techniques such as reverse transcriptase PCR (RT-PCR), real-time PCR, inverse PCR, construction of oligonucleotide DNA microarrays, site-directed mutagenesis, and strategies for cloning genes from organisms lacking genome projects. Experimental optimization will be emphasized.

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BTEC 93. Biotechnology Work Experience (1-8)

Work experience-5, 10, 15, or 40 hrs   P/NP Available

Students will be able to get work experience through internships while working towards their A.S. in biotechnology. This valuable industry experience will help train them for future jobs in biotechnology. In addition, they will apply their skills gained from previous biotechnology courses to real life laboratory situations.

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BTEC 101. Fermentation and Protein Purification (5)

Lec-4, lab-4, field trips   P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CHEM 32

Skills needed to become a technician in biotechnology production. Students grow and monitor cultures emulating large-scale production used in industry. Cleaning, sterilization, aseptic inoculation, operation, and monitoring of fermenters and bioreactors, Recover and purify proteins from cell cultures. Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are emphasized.

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BTEC 107. Language Skills for Technicians (3)

Lec-3, conf-1   

COREQ.: BTEC 10

Introductory level lecture course covering basic scientific language and concepts of biology and chemistry, and the academic study skills needed to succeed in science courses. An orientation to the field of biotechnology and professional opportunities.

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BTEC 107=ET 107

 

BTEC 108A. Practical Mathematics I (3)

Lec-3, conf-1   

Concepts, techniques and applications of arithmetic and elementary algebra emphasizing applications to practical problems. Interactive and traditional problem solving methods. Class interactive group exercises applying mathematical techniques to various applications and real world problems.

BTEC 108A=ET 108A=BTEC 108A

 

BTEC 115. Recombinant DNA Biotechnology (5)

Lec-3, lab-6, field trips   P/NP Available

Advise: BIO 11

Concepts, techniques and applications of arithmetic and elementary algebra emphasizing applications to practical problems. Interactive and traditional problem solving methods. Class interactive group exercises applying mathematical techniques to various applications and real world problems.

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BTEC 120. Molecular and Cell Biotechnology (5)

Lec-3, lab-6   P/NP Available

Advise: BIO 11

A thorough introduction to the principles and techniques of molecular and cell biology. This is a required course for the Biotechnology Technician Preparation curriculum.

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BTEC 201. Introduction to Bioinformatics (2)

Lec-2   P/NP Available

Advise: BIO 11 or BIO 101A; and ET 108A or MATH 840 and CHEM 32 or CHEM 40; and CNIT 100

Introduction to genomics and the tools, techniques and databases used in bioinformatics. Topics include molecular biology, genome sequence acquisition, online databases and software used in biotechnology. Hands-on practice includes web programs for aligning sequences, comparing DNA or protein sequences, retrieving genomic and clinical data.Emphasis is on online bioinformatics databases.

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BTEC 202. Advanced Bioinformatics and Genomics (2)

Lec-2   P/NP Available

PREREQ.: BTEC 201

Advanced topics in genomics and bioinformatics including applications to problems such as human disease, forensics, and agriculture. Topics include integrated genomic databases, protein alignments, protein families, protein structure, proteomics, and microarrays. Critical background material in molecular and cell biology will be presented in the course.

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BTEC 221. Biotech Process Instrumentation (2)

Lec-1, lab-3   

PREREQ.: ET 108A or MATH 840 or demo of ET 108A or MATH 840 exit skills

An introduction to the theory and application of process control and instrumentation as applied to the Biotechnology Industry. Survey of Electrical and Electronic concepts. Transducers. Process Controllers. Reliability. Data Loggers.

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BTEC 222. Biotech Calibration and Validation (1)

Lec-9, lab-27 (36 total hours)   

Prereq.: BTEC 221

An introduction to the theory and application of calibration and validation as applied to the Biotechnology Industry.

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BTEC 223. Introduction to Environmental Monitoring (1)

Lec-0.5, lab-1.5, field trips   P/NP Available

Study of regulations, protocol and procedures for collection and storage of air, soil and liquid samples. Quality assurance/quality control, safety, site selection, sample storage and preservations. Practical experience includes use of portable instruments and immunoassay kits for chemical contaminants. Microbiological laboratory techniques for analysis of soil and water samples.

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BTEC 223=BIO 223

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