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Animal & Plant Biotechnology

Course Number: 8550
Subject: Environmental, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Major/Program of Study: CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science)
Course Length: 5 periods/week/semester
Credit: 1 credit (CTE credit)
Dual Enrollment: No
AP Designation: No

The Animal and Plant Biotechnology course is one of two specialized courses available to students through the CASE curriculum. Throughout the course students will explore the science of biotechnology and its agricultural and societal implications. Students will work in teams through inquiry-based projects exploring biotechnology research methodology, DNA/gene transfer, biofuels, micro propagation, embryo transfer, transgenic materials, and microbial biotechnology. As a foundation, biochemistry and the regulations, laws, and ethics governing biotechnology will be addressed. In addition, students will understand specific connections between the Animal and Plant Biotechnology lessons SAE, FFA, and LifeKnowledge components that are important for the development of an informed agricultural education student. Expanding on their knowledge and skills from previous courses, students will continue to investigate, conduct experiments, and document projects to solve problems that pose greater conceptual and technical challenges. Student’s presentations will communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. Prerequisites and other notes: CASE Plant (8540) or Animal Science (8190). (Third CASE course)