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Curriculum Implementation Of Biotechnology Minor In Industrial Technology

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Curriculum Topics: Industrial ET/Industrial Technology

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10.385.1 - 10.385.10



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Kari Clase

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Curriculum Implementation of Biotechnology Minor in Industrial Technology

Kari Clase Purdue University

Abstract- Indiana’s health industry is an extremely important and growing economic engine1. Tremendous advances are being made in pharmaceutical and biotechnology discoveries and their applications (including manufacturing), as well as in health care services. As a result, there is an increasing sophistication of the products and services available and being developed, with an ever-widening scale of applications and marketing. The growth of biotechnology results in ever-expanding needs for college graduates who have knowledge of life-science based products and processes. There have been numerous reports of current and projected shortages of human resources possessing the required knowledge in the growing industry1. In order to address the gap between education and the workforce, the Department of Industrial Technology has developed an interdisciplinary academic minor in biotechnology being implemented in fall 2004. The purpose of the minor is to offer the graduates of these four-year programs the basic knowledge and understanding of life- science based products, processes, and product quality to seek employment opportunities in the area of biotechnology and biomanufacturing. Three courses within the biotechnology minor have been designed by faculty within the Department of Industrial Technology: Biotechnology Laboratory I, Biotechnology Laboratory II, and Bioinformatics Technology. The objectives of this paper are to describe the implementation of the new curriculum. The courses within the biotechnology minor prepare students including Industrial Technology to find careers within life science-based industries. These students will be the vanguard of a highly educated workforce contributing to the life sciences industry in Indiana.

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Clase, K. (2005, June), Curriculum Implementation Of Biotechnology Minor In Industrial Technology Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14871

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