Program of Studies 2023-2024 » Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences

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BIOTECHNOLOGY is a competency-based Career & Technical Education program offered at Milford High School & Applied Technology Center. To earn completer status in this program, students must pass Biotechnology I, II & III with a grade of “C” or  better.  Students are eligible to earn Industry-Validated Certificates or Credentials by passing Third-Party exams administered to all completers.  




Introductory Course for this Pathway
Introduction to S.T.E.M.                      1020
1 Credit               Grade 9
This class examines some of the basic ideas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.), including: history of computing, computer  applications, computational thinking, computer assisted design, and programming. Students participate in  numerous hands-on projects and related assignments. They practice writing
and presentation skills needed in the industry. If you are interested in STEM this is the place to begin.
Prerequisite: none
Biotechnology I: Microbiology                    (Honors)   1827        (Std. A)     1829                1 Credit               Grades 10-12
Biotechnology I: Microbiology is an advanced laboratory and activity based program meant to introduce students to the principles and practices of medical microbiology. This is an essential course for any student interested in a career in the life sciences such as Nursing, Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Forensic Science, Medicine or Veterinary Science. Microbiology. Related topics include the identification of microorganisms, along with the nature and behavior of microorganisms, using a variety of methods and techniques. The determination of how diseases are spread, their clinical features, laboratory diagnosis and appropriate control measures will also be studied
Contracts for Honors level credit are available and will require students to pursue an independent research project to be presented at a state or regional science exposition. 
Prerequisite: Completion of  Biology A or H with a grade of “C” or better  
College Credits: 4 Running Start College Credits are available through Manchester Community College.
Biotechnology II: Molecular Biology             (Honors )     1832       (Std. A)       1833
1 Credit               Grades 10-12
This class is intended to expose students to various biotechnology fields such as microbial, agricultural, animal, forensic, bioremediation, aquatic, and medical. Students will engage in several areas such as molecular biology, cell biology, immunology and bioethics. Techniques discussed and used in the laboratory will include genetic engineering for the expression of a specific protein and immunoassay development in order to develop monoclonal antibodies. Through recreations/replications of actual industry investigations and intense laboratory efforts, students will perform individual research projects. Students will maintain lab equipment and will gain experience writing technical labs, protocols, and a formal research paper. Guest speakers will highlight the course work, along with industry related field trips. Mini-internships are available for the very motivated students. (This honors level course can be used to fulfill a one credit science elective.) 
Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Biotechnology I A or Honors
College Credits: Running Start College Credit is available through Great Bay Community College for this specific course.    
Articulation Agreement:  Successful completion of 2 course sequence results in college credits at Keene State College (credits may be only used at KSC).
Program Assistantships or Independent Study opportunities may be available to selected students for credit.  Interested Students that have completed the core of the  Biotechnology program should discuss these possibilities with the program instructor.




Biotechnology III: Advanced Research in Biotechnology       (Honors )   1834      (Std. A)    1835  
1 Credit               Grades 11-12
This class is intended to extend and strengthen students' knowledge and skills in the biotechnology field. Students will be responsible for preparing their own reagents, maintaining equipment, and managing aspects of the laboratory area. Students will engage in advanced labs using chromatography, plant tissue culture, PCR, electrophoresis, CRISPER, and cloning techniques with the goal that students will design and carry out an independent research project in one aspect of biotechnology such: as microbial, agricultural, animal, forensic, bioremediation, aquatic, or medical. Students will engage in seminar like discussions of journal articles, bioethical issues, and best business practices. Students will prepare to take the Bio technology Assistant Certification Exam (BACE) by working in study groups. Students interested in pursuing careers in forensic science, nursing, microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, medicine or veterinary science will find Biotechnology a strong component of these career fields.
Prerequisite: Biotechnology II 




CTE Work Based Learning
1/2 Credit*              Grades: 11 - 12 
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is to give students enrolled in a CTE program the opportunity to explore careers & develop skills via workplace learning experiences outside the classroom setting. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the world of work, develop skills & attitudes and practice workplace competencies & technical skills needed to be successful in their chosen career path (related to their CTE program). Work Based Learning is a work-based situation which allows a student an opportunity for a real work experience in conjunction with a classroom teacher, a work-site mentor, and a Work Based Learning (WBL) Coordinator. This team will coordinate academic and occupational skills that a student will learn and apply on the job. Classwork is meant to supplement and complement the experience, therefore it is expected that students will attend class when scheduled and complete all work as assigned. Credits will be awarded based on satisfactory evaluations from their site supervisor, participation in seminars, completion of related assignments & the number of verified WBL hours. The student is expected to meet with the Career Development Specialist regularly during TASC.
Requirements: Students are required to meet all pre-employment & employment expectations (including all policies, rules, & regulations). This may include, but is not limited to, aptitude screenings, physicals, background checks, drug screenings, dress code, cell phone policy etc. WBL activities may take place during the school day or outside of school hours, paid and non paid. 
Prerequisites: Successful completion of 1 year (2 credits) in a CTE program, 2.3 GPA or higher and passed all classes in the semester prior to the WBL experience; excellent attendance and discipline record; the ability to work independently; reliable transportation; and parent/guardian support and approval.

*Credit: based on hours completed (up to 1 credit per semester or summer)




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