Introduction to Biotechnology“Biotechnology: Techniques and Data Analysis” is a course that will first be offered at Montana Tech in the fall of 2019.  My undergraduate major at Montana State University was Biotechnology with the animal option.  This class will make use of primary literature to dig into how all sorts of molecular biology tools work.

*Some of the information below is from the fall of 2017.  The major change this coming fall will be to drop the use of a textbook.  Blog posts and YouTube videos will be used to provide the background information you will need to understand for in-depth class discussions.

General information:

  • Biotechnology Syllabus

In-class schedule:

  • Introduction
  • DNA Technologies
    • Write
    • Read
    • Cut
    • Copy
    • Paste
    • Insert
    • Delete
  • Plasmid overview
    • Genetic elements as “parts”
    • Reading vector maps
  • Literature review
    • Model organisms
    • Protein production systems
    • Genetic disease therapies
    • Immunotherapies
    • Metabolic engineering
    • Biological gene circuits
    • Bioremediation
    • Crop improvement

Pre-class homework assignments:


Study questions from 2017: