Biotechnology Foundations

Biotechnology Foundations

Academy Instructor: TBA

Grades: 11, 12

Credit: one/weighted +0.5

Course Code: 834460

Course Description:

This course focuses on various techniques that are used to modify living organisms, or parts of organisms, to improve plants and animals, and the development of microorganisms for specific purposes. Student activities range from bioprocessing and DNA analysis, to medicine, biomechanical systems, and the environment. Students gain insight and understanding about biotechnology career fields.

  • Industry certification may be available as part of this course. This course requires a student materials fee as listed in FCPS Notice 5922.

Course Topics:

  • Biochemistry
  • Forensics
  • Biotechnology
  • The preparation necessary to complete Biotechnology experiences
  • Biotechnology in the environment, agriculture, and medicine
  • Bioprocessing
  • Investigating genetic engineering
  • The social aspects and ethics involved in Biotechnology

Career Pathways:

Students are introduced to all careers within field of Biotechnology: 

  • Forensic DNA Analyst
  • Medical Scientist
  • Biological Technicians
  • Bioinformatics Specialist
  • Medical and Clinical Lab Technologists & Technicians
  • Biochemists and Biophysicists
  • Biomedical Engineers
  • Microbiologists
  • Epidemiologists
  • R&D and Process Development Scientists
  • Regulatory QA/QC Biomanufacturing Specialists
  • Bioproduction Operators