El Centro College - Course Descriptions for BITC
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BITC 1302 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Biotechnology Laboratory Methods and Techniques
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and/or approval of the instructor.
Course Description: A study of laboratory operations, management, equipment, instrumentation, quality control techniques, and safety procedures. Laboratory practice in using pH meters, mixing buffers, performing measurements, preparing solutions, and performing separatory techniques to specifications; and practice laboratory safety. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


BITC 1311 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Introduction to Biotechnology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: An introduction to biotechnology including career exploration, history and applications of DNA/RNA technology, molecular biology, bioethics, and laboratory safety practices. (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)


BITC 1350 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Special Studies and Bioethical Issues of Biotechnology
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and or approval of instructor.
Course Description: Addresses current events, skills, attitudes, and behaviors pertinent to biotechnology and relevant to the professional development of the student. Will also explore ethical and legal behaviors in the context of the biotechnology industry. (3 Lec.)


BITC 1391 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Special Topics in Biological Technology/Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and/or approval of instructor.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledges, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (3 Lec.)


BITC 1491 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Special Topics in Biological Technology/Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 2286, BITC 2401, BITC 2431 and or approval of instructor.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledges, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course will include special research studies and projects undertaken by the student in order to graduate from the curriculum. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (4 Lec.)


BITC 2286 (2 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Internship - Biology Technician/ Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and BITC 1302 and/or approval of instructor.
Course Description: A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer. (6 Ext.)


BITC 2311 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Biotechnology Laboratory Instrumentation
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and or approval of instructor.
Course Description: Presentation of theory, applications, and operation of various analytical instruments. Practice of separation and identification techniques including electrophoresis, spectrophotometry, chromatography, and centrifugation. (2 Lec., 4 Lab.)


BITC 2431 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Cell Culture Techniques
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and/or approval of instructor.
Course Description: A study of cell culture techniques. Laboratory emphasis on the principles and practices of initiation, cultivation, maintenance, preservation of cell lines and applications. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


BITC 2441 (4 Credit Hours)
Offered at ECC

Molecular Biology Techniques
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and or approval of instructor.
Course Description: In depth coverage of the theory and laboratory techniques in molecular biology with an emphasis on gene expression and regulation, recombinant DNA, and nucleic acids. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


BITC 2486 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Internship- Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: BITC 1311 and/or approval of instructor.
Course Description: A work-based learning experience that enables the student to apply specialized occupational theory, skills and concepts. A learning plan is developed by the college and the employer. (12 Ext.)



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.