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BIO 135IN - Genetics, Biotechnology and Human Affairs

4 Credits, 6 Contact Hours
3 lecture periods 3 lab periods

An introduction to human genetics and biotechnology including career exploration, history and applications of recombinant DNA technology, the human genome project, and laboratory safe practices. Includes introduction to biotechnology, fundamentals of cell biology and genetics, applications of biotechnology, bioethics, careers in biotechnology, and laboratory techniques.

Recommendation: Completion of high school chemistry and high school biology before enrolling in this course.
Gen-Ed: Meets AGEC - SCI; Meets CTE - M&S.

Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and the safe, correct use of materials, equipment, and procedures in the biology laboratory.
  2. Describe the genetic foundations of life at the molecular and individual levels.
  3. Describe and perform key techniques used in recombinant DNA technology and studies of the human genome.

Performance Objectives:
  1. Describe the objectives of the human genome project and potential benefits to society.
  2. Summarize the history of recombinant DNA technology and explain its impact on modern biology.
  3. Utilize scientific methods to formulate and answer questions.
  4. Gain proficiency in standard laboratory techniques such as metric measurement of volume, mass and length, gel electrophoresis, PCR, bioseparations, transformations and following a procedure.
  5. Demonstrate safe laboratory practices.
  6. Describe and perform key techniques used in recombinant DNA technology and studies of the human genome.
  7. Discuss the ethical, legal, and social issues emerging from the human genome project and biotechnology.
  8. Examine careers in biotechnology.
  9. Perform activities to demonstrate improvement in the general education goals of communication, critical thinking, and mathematics as they relate to biotechnology.

  1. Introduction to Biotechnology
    1. History of Recombinant DNA Technology
    2. The Human Genome Project
    3. Scientific Processes
  2. Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics
    1. Cell Structure, Function, and Chemistry
    2. Genetics
    3. Fundamentals of Molecular Biology
    4. Gene Regulation
  3. Applications of Biotechnology
    1. Biomedical
    2. Agricultural
    3. Industrial
  4. Bioethics
    1. Introduction to Bioethics
    2. Eugenics
    3. Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues
  5. Careers in Biotechnology
    1. Biotechnology in Arizona
    2. The Future of Biotechnology
    3. Career Paths
  6. Laboratory Techniques
    1. Lab Safety
    2. Use of the Metric System and Laboratory Measurement Techniques
    3. DNA Gel Electrophoresis
    4. PCR
    5. DNA Typing
    6. Cloning and Transformation
    7. Bioseparations