Biotechnology

The Biotechnology program offers an instructional area for students to develop proficiencies in the skills and techniques required for: DNA isolation, DNA cloning and analysis, protein expression, protein purification and analysis, isolation of chromosomes and cellular organelles and culture of bacterial and mammalian cells. Students will learn how to prepare and sterilize reagents and how to maintain and use common lab equipment such as gel electrophoresis apparatus, autoclaves, pH meters, thermal cyclers, centrifuges, biosafety cabinets and more. Students will develop the skills to understand and write standard operating procedures (SOPs). They will also learn to analyze and document their results in a clear, concise fashion.

Course Offerings

Biotech Related Theory 10

Course Numbers: 11015 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Biotechnology Grade 10: In this course, students will apply principles of "world class" operations; demonstrate and apply the design process; demonstrate skills in problem-solving; diagnostics; and troubleshooting.


Biotech Related Theory 11

Course Numbers: 11016 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Biotechnology Grade 11: In this course, students will demonstrate and apply manufacturing process management techniques; read technical manuals, guides, resource books, and technical literature to gain information and solve problems; read, comprehend, and follow written technical directions for repairs, procedures, and processes; and identify chemical forces important to biomolecules.


Biotech Related Theory 12

Course Numbers: 11017 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Biotechnology Grade 12: In this course, students will analyze basic business practices required to start and run a company/organization; manage all resources related to a business/organization; and describe methods for managing, organizing, retrieving, and reporting financial data.


Biotech Related Theory 9

Course Numbers: 11014 (0.25)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Biotechnology Grade 9: In this course, students will examine health and safety regulations and practices and responses to situations that threaten health and safety.


Biotechnology 10

Course Numbers: 11111 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Biotechnology 10: In this course, students will calculate the number of moles from the mass of a compound when given the chemical formula.


Biotechnology 11

Course Numbers: 11112 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Biotechnology 11: In this course, students will identify chemical forces important to biomolecules and name hydrocarbon molecules using the IUPAC standard for given structural formulas. Students will recognize organic groups when given structure; identify how cellular respiration is important for the production of ATP; explain genetic mutations; clone genes; and genetically transform cells.


Biotechnology 12

Course Numbers: 11113 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Biotechnology 12: In this course, students will determine formula mass of a compound or element and calculate the number of moles from the mass of a compound when given the chemical formula.


Biotechnology 9

Course Numbers: 11110 (1.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Biotechnology 9: In this course, students will employ sterile and aseptic techniques; use microscropes; prepare and examine biological specimens; engage in DNA fingerprinting/crime scene investigations; maintain micro-organisms in cultures; and separate compounds from mixtures using chromatography.


Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities

All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year.  While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work.   Some of the internship and cooperative education opportunities students have experienced include the following partnership/s:

  • WPI Gateway
  • Lake Pharma, Inc.
  • MBI Industries
  • UMASS Research Labs – various
  • Clinical Pharmacology Office

Career Opportunities

  • Lab Technician
  • Medical Research
  • Veterinary research
  • Forensics
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Bioethics
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