This laboratory-based course develops basic and advanced laboratory and analytic skills using biotechnology as the source content. The news is filled with stories of genetically modified organisms, advances in medicine and targeted treatments and the use of DNA technology to determine the guilt or innocence of suspects. This course allows students to understand the science behind the news and allows them to critically evaluate the societal implications of this burgeoning field. A scientific poster presentation and formal laboratory report are required in lieu of a scheduled written final examination. Chemistry is a prerequisite for this course (Semester, .50 credit)