These courses are offered exclusively to students in the Academy of Science, Research and Medicine and are designed to introduce students to the fundamental scientific principles of biotechnology, bioethics and the variety of careers available in biosciences. The Essentials of Biotechnology course emphasizes how key concepts from biology, chemistry, and physics apply to modern applications within the biological sciences. The knowledge and skills gained in this course provide students with a broad understanding of biotechnology and the impact it makes on society.
The next course, Applications of Biotechnology will focus on additional applications and techniques in biotechnology that expand and increase the student’s comprehension of how biotechnology utilizes living systems to create products and enhance lives. In addition, laboratory applications learned in this course form the pivotal component distinguishing science theory from application in bioscience, like that of engineering and mathematics.
The last course, Biotechnology Independent Research is an advanced course designed for seniors and offers the opportunity to complete a research project that is presented to an authentic audience of professionals.This course requires a strong commitment from students. Students will be "invited" to take the course based on their work ethic and academic performance leading up to senior year.
Students in the biotechnology pathway are collaborating with several post-secondary institutions to study the molecular ecology of marine polychaete worm, known as bristle worms. As we move into the 2015-2016 school year, we have many new and exciting ideas to explore with these fascinating animals. The details of our innovative research can be located on a sub-page at the top of this site.
All students working through the Biotechnology pathway will be encouraged to publish their research by the completion of their senior year. Scientific and research writing is crucial for a career in science. Doing research is only half of the picture. If the results of research studies are not published, other researchers can not appreciate the value of the experiments or studies accomplished. Science can not develop and grow unless we share our findings and communicate our successes and failures. Click the banner above (JEI) to explore our primary source for peer-reviewed manuscript submission.