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Certificate of Achievement in Agripharmatech

 

Thumbnail of a posterPlant Biotechnology deals with developing and improving plant production in order to supply the world’s need for healthier (less use of pesticides), more nutritious (higher vitamin and protein content) food crops and novel ornamentals (unique colors, disease resistant). Ethnopharmacognosy is the study of traditional medicines derived from natural sources (medicinal/nutritious plants).

Students will be able to complete the certificate in 2 - 3 semesters with coursework flexible enough to prepare them for employment in plant biotechnology or pharmacognosy, and for entrepreneurship in agribusiness or plant-based product manufacturing, as well as for seamless credit transfer to higher degree institutions for the study of agriculture, horticulture, plant/microbial biotechnology, ethnobotany, pharmacognosy, pharmacy, nutrition and medicine.

For more information, please contact Ingelia White Ph.D.


Program Learning Outcomes

After completing the program, students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge gained in plant sciences: identify plants, propagate/cultivate/maintain plants in vivo and in vitro.
  • Apply knowledge gained in microbial sciences: prepare/maintain bacterial cultures for genetic transformation and bioassay tests
  • Conduct plant biotech and/or pharmacognosy research.

In addition, students opting for the biotechnological track will focus on plant molecular genetics, and will:

  • Operate specialized lab equipment such as autoclave, gel electrophoresis, PCR machine, Particle Deliver/1000 Helium System, spectrophotometer, fluorescent microscope, Gel Doc System
  • Perform DNA/RNA extraction, electrophoresis, PCR reaction, DNA sequencing, gene transformation via bacteria, and particle bombardment, alignment and analyzing DA sequence results using Sequencher, PAUP, Finch TV software systems

Students opting for the ethnopharmacognosy track will focus on plant pharmacognostical study, and will:

  • Operate laboratory equipment: autoclave, spectrophotometer, stereo microscope, anaerobic transfer chamber, rotary evaporator, distiller, Biacore Q system
  • Conduct pharmaceutical and nutraceutical research

Certificate of Achievement in Agripharmatech (30 - 32 credits)
  Track 1: Plant Biotechnology Track 2: Ethnopharmacognosy
1 capstone class (4 credits) BOT 210: Phytobiotechnology (4) BOT 205: Ethnobotanical Pharmacognosy (4)
6 required classes (18-19 credits)

AG 152: Orchid Culture (3)

MICR 130: General Microbiology (3)

MICR 140: General Microbiology Lab (2)

MATH 103: College Algebra (4)
or equivalent

ENG 100: Expository Writing (3)
or SP 151: Personal and Public Speech (3)

BOT 160: Identification of Tropical Plants (3)
or BOT 101: General Botany (4)
or BIOL 172 and BIOL 172L: General Biology II and Lab (4)

AG 152: Orchid Culture (3)

MICR 130: General Microbiology (3)

MICR 140: General Microbiology Lab (2)

MATH 103: College Algebra (4) or equivalent

ENG 100: Expository Writing (3)
or SP 151: Personal and Public Speech (3)

BOT 160: Identification of Tropical Plants (3)
or BOT 101: General Botany (4)
or BIOL 172 and BIOL 172L: General Biology II and Lab (4)

2 to 3 elective classes (8-9 credits)

CHEM 161 and CHEM 161L: General Chemistry I and Lab (4)

CHEM 162 and CHEM 162L: General Chemistry II and Lab (4)

BIOL 171 and BIOL 171L: General Biology I and Lab (4)

BOT 199/299 (1-4 credits) - involving in plant biotechnology research

CHEM 161 and CHEM 161L: General Chemistry I and Lab (4)

BOT 105: Ethnobotany (3)

BOT 130: Plants in the Hawaiian Environment (4)

BOT 199/299 (1-4 credits) - involving in pharmaceutical/nutraceutical research

AG 149: Plant Propagation (3)

FSHN 185: Human Nutrition (3)

program goals

Plant Biotechnology

A. Provide skilled workforce
Graduates will be skilled as plant biotechnicians, microbial biotechnicians. tissue culturists, assistant researchers in plant biological sciences, orchid molecular phylogenetic technicians, orchid hybridizers, plant biology teachers, plant nursery managers, plant conservationists, horticulturists, and agriculture inspectors.

B. Facilitate student transfer to higher degree institutions
Graduates should be able to transfer their credits to any higher degree institution and major in plant/microbial/general biotechnology, plant molecular taxonomy, agriculture, botany, horticulture, biology, bioinformatics, and pre-med.

C. Promote agribusiness/bioproduct entrepreneurship
Graduates should be able to operate their own agribusiness enterprises such as tissue culture laboratory, plant/orchid nursery, and agriculture farm.

Ethnopharmacognosy

A. Provide skilled workforce
Graduates will be skilled as plant-based product technicians, pharmacognosy research technicians, nutraceutical specialists, plant biology teachers, plant nursery managers, organic farmers, plant conservationists, ethnobotanists, agriculture inspectors, food product managers/inspectors, and dietician/health food specialists.

B. Facilitate student transfer to higher degree institutions
Graduates should be able to transfer their credits to any higher degree institution and major in ethnobotany, agriculture, horticulture, biology, pharmacognosy, and pharmacy.

C. Promote agribusiness/bioproduct entrepreneurship
Graduates should be able to operate their own bioproduct enterprises such as plant-based product manufacturing, green pharmacy laboratory, food pharmacy enterprise, organic health food product/store, and organic hydroponic/farm.

 


Background

The new Certificate of Achievement (CA) in Agripharmatech with two specializations (Plant Biotechnology and Ethnopharmacognosy) was approved by the Board of Regents on May 17, 2012. The certificate program was first offered in Fall 2012.

AGPT Agripharmatech major code was created with a CIP of 41.0101

Banner Codes: CA-AGPT-PBT and CA-AGPT-EPCG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

page last updated: March 5, 2014

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