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Biotechnology

 
Biotechnology
 

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 both Microbiology: Principles & Practices and Biotechnology / Genetics 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.
 
 
Microbiology: Principles & Practices (H/Std. A) 
1827/1829
 
1 Credit  Grades: 10-12
Microbiology is an advanced laboratory and activity based program meant to introduce students to principles and practices of medical microbiology. Microbiology 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 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. Students must be able to work well with others in groups.
Expectation: Complex Thinker, Quality Producer
Prerequisite: Completion of Biology A or H with a grade of “C” or better.
 
 
Biotechnology/Genetics (H/Std. A)  
1826/1831
 
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. This class engages the student 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 as well as industry related field trips. Mini-internships are available for the very motivated students. 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. 
(This honors level course can be used to fulfill a one credit science elective.)
Expectation: Complex Thinker, Quality Producer
Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Biology A or Honors
 
College Credits: Running Start College Credit is available through Great Bay Community College for this specific course. Also see Articulation agreement regarding additional possible college credits.
 
Program Assistantships or Independent Study opportunities may be available to se-lected students for credit. Interested Students that have completed the core of the Biotechnology program should discuss these possibilities with the program instructor.
 
 
Biotechnology II
(H/Std. A) 
1832/1833 
 
1 Credit  Grades: 10-12
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, biore-mediation, aquatic, or medical. Students will engage is seminar like discussions of journal articles, bioethical issues, and best business practices. Guest speakers will highlight the course work as well as industry related field trips. Students will prepare to take the Biotechnology 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/Genetics
 
Articulation Agreement: Successful comple-tion of 2 course sequence results in college credits at Keene State College (credits may be only used at KSC).
 
 
Sample Biotechnology Careers:
        • Biochemist
        • Bioinformatician
        • Biophysicist
        • Biomedical Engineer
        • Biotechnology / Pharmaceutical Sales
        • Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
        • Biotechnology Research Associate
        • Clinical Research Associate
        • Crime Lab Technician
        • Environmental Engineer