Student Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Biotechnology students look over lab results at JCCSolve problems and use basic laboratory math skills and chemistry to make reagents in a laboratory setting including the concept of moles and molar solutions, percent solutions, normality, and dilutions.
  • Use accurately critical pieces of equipment like micropipetors, scales, spectrophotometers, etc.
  • Exhibit the basic principles of proper handling of enzymes used in biotechnology laboratories.
  • Exhibit professional lab skills including good professional behavior and teamwork, proper lab safety skills, keeping a proper lab book, forming a testable hypothesis, designing and conducting a properly controlled experiment without wasting time and reagents, interpreting data from sound scientific principles, using a computer in a scientific setting, generating meaningful representations of data generated, effective use of online databases like Pubmed, and presenting scientific data in a meaningful way.
  • Understand the basic physics of light, absorbance, molecules, bonds, fluorescence, and radioactivity.
  • Explain the inter-relationship of biology and chemistry including atomic structure, covalent and electrovalent bonds, hydrogen bonding, hydrophobic interactions, and how these relate to the chemical nature of life.
  • Explain foundational ideas of biology including basic principles of ecology, biodiversity, and genetics and relate them to the process of evolution.
  • Explain and solve problems related to the function of enzymes, including competitive and allosteric inhibition.
  • Explain how eukaryotic cell architecture relates to the flow of genetic information in cells, including the roles of organelles in protein production, modification, or degradation.
  • Explain how cells receive and respond to intracellular and extracellular signals, like active and passive transport, receptor activation, and signal transduction and generally how these processes can lead to changes in gene expression.
  • Explain and solve problem related to how ATP is generated and used in plants, animals, and microbes including aerobic and anaerobic mechanisms of glucose metabolism.
  • Explain the general mechanism of DNA replication and how polymerase chain reaction uses synthetic replication to mimic the natural process.
  • Explain how DNA is partitioned to daughter cells during mitosis and meiosis, and how cell cycle relates to these processes.
  • Solve problems involving basic Mendelian genetics, including dominance and recessive traits and sex-linked traits.
  • Identify the basic tenets of evolution and how genetics and molecular biology provide answers that explain evolution at the DNA level.