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Intro to Biotechnology Course Begins January 14 in Charles City


This news story was published on December 18, 2012.
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MASON CITY – North Iowa Area Community College’s Introduction to Biotechnology course will be taught at Charles City High School beginning January 14. The course is offered through a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) partnership between NIACC and Charles City High School.  It is available to high school and adult students.

The instructor for the course, Susan LeMaster, earned her Master of Science degree from UNI and recently retired from St. Ansgar High School after 34 years of teaching science education.  She has specialized training in biotechnology, advanced biotechnology, plant genetics, and chemistry through Cold Springs Harbor, Iowa State University, and Pioneer International.

“It is exciting to be a part of the biotechnology revolution and to have the opportunity to help students to understand its applications, issues, and career possibilities,” said Susan LeMaster.
“Students in this course will be taught the biological principles underlying biotechnology through learning about biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, and genetics.”

Introduction to Biotechnology, BIO-196, examines the importance and impact of bio-technology on people and the environment.  The benefits of bio-science in agriculture, industry, medicine, the environment, forensics, and advancement of knowledge are discussed.

According to LeMaster, “Students will become biotechnologists through laboratory experiences including extracting DNA from their cells, performing DNA fingerprinting, cloning plants, and bioengineering bacteria.

The course begins January 14, and meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30- 9:00 a.m for lecture and every Wednesday from 7:40- 9:40 a.m. for lab. The semester ends May 3.

Classes are held in one of the new CCHS Science Department laboratories and classrooms.   Students will earn four semester hours of college credit for this General Education Science course.

Adults desiring course details and registration materials may contact Jean Ostrander, NIACC Director of School Partnerships, #1-888-466-4222 extension 4177 or email: ostrajea@niacc.edu.

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