Biotechnology (B.S.)

Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Students will be able to prepare a professional quality technical report:
    • be able to conduct a scientific library search
    • be acquainted with scientific references
    • be able to create data tables and plots using appropriate software
    • be able to properly cite references
    • be able to use an office suite program to:
      • 1. present an acceptable oral report
      • 2. present an acceptable written report
  2. Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the nature of science:
    • understand the difference between observation and inference
    • be able to propose and test a working hypothesis using experimental data
    • be able to read and assimilate articles published in a scientific journal
  3. Students will demonstrate good lab practice:
    • be able to keep a proper lab notebook
    • be knowledgeable in lab safety
    • be able to prepare molar and % w/v solutions
    • be able to properly operate and interpret data from specified instruments:
      • 1. pH meter
      • 2. UV/visible spectrophotometer
      • 3. microcentrifuge
      • 4. micropipette
      • 5. PCR thermocycler
  4. Students will understand and demonstrate standard ethical practices.
  5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles common to living systems at the molecular and cellular level: DNA, RNA, protein synthesis, and structure-function relationship of cellular organelles.
  6. Students will demonstrate knowledge in the principles of microscopy, skill in microscopic technique, and proper care and maintenance procedures.
  7. Students will demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts in genetic engineering and related methods of bacterial transformation, screening, DNA isolation, DNA characterization, and genetic cloning.
  8. Students will demonstrate, by experimental design, advanced knowledge of current applications in cell and molecular biology by:
    • using PCR methodology to perform DNA mutagenesis,
    • using cloning techniques in genetic engineering,
    • using tissue culture based plant transformation,
    • using real-time PCR to examine gene expression levels
  9. Students will demonstrate mastery of sterile techniques of media preparation for tissue culture
  10. Students will demonstrate the ability to perform as part of a team in group activities.
  11. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills by:
    • developing well reasoned arguments
    • evaluating arguments in the works of others