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BOT 210: Phytobiotechnology (4 credits)

Course Description

Introduction to practical aspects of Plant Biotechnology. Topics include micropropagation techniques, such as plant tissue, cell and protoplast cultures: DNA-based technologies, such as DNA extraction, DNA sequencing, PCR; and methods of plant genetic engineering. This course is designed to train students for careers in advanced agriculture technology and industry. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory)

Pre-Requisite(s): Credit for or registration in BOT 101, or AG 152, or MICR 130 and MICR 140, or BIOL 171 and 171L. Placement into MATH 100 or higher.

Recommended Preparation: High school biology or chemistry, MATH 24.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of genetics.
  • Discuss and perform experiments including plant/bacterial/human DNA/protein electrophoresis, Southern and Western blots, plant genetic engineering using biolistic bombardment and bacterial gene transformation.
  • Apply bioinformatics and DNA sequencing.
  • Discuss bioethical issues, risks and benefits of biotechnology.
  • Produce lab reports using the standard scientific format.

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