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August 28, 2006

First Class in Biotechnology offered at Gavilan College this Fall

Students considering their options for the future will have the chance to explore an exciting new career field at Gavilan College this Fall.
"BIOT 103 - Biotechnology Lab Skills and Instrumentation" is the first class that will be offered as part of the Biotechnology Certificate and Degree program now under development.

"BIOT 103", offered evenings this fall, will provide students with a hands-on introduction to biotechnology laboratory skills. Techniques will include measuring, aseptic technique and transfer skills, preparation of buffers and other solutions, basic media preparation and dilutions, and electrophoresis. Students will learn the use and care of instruments such as microscopem spectrophotometer, centrifuge, pH meter, mechanical and micropipettes, autoclave, and electronic balance. Scientific techniques such as the keeping of a lab notebook, report writing, and calculations are included. While no previous lab or science experience is required, It is advised that students have completed at least one high school science course with a grade of "C" or better, and are eligible for English 250 and math 205 on the Gavilan College Assessment test.

"This is a great class for people who think they may have a career interest in science and want to learn more." said Fran Lozano, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "It's a chance to explore the work that goes on in a bioscience lab, and it's perfect for beginners."

Biotechnology is the science of using and modifying biological material to develop products and organisms for specific uses. It is a rapidly expanding field of science with enormous potential both for improving life and providing rewarding technical jobs.

When the Biotechnology program is launched, which could be as soon as Fall, 2007, it will provide a "ladder" approach through which students will be able to choose among options at different levels, and work in the field while they aquire new skills. Biotechnicians are employed as laboratory aides, technicians, assistants in biotechnology and pharmaceutical company research and development, agriculture/seed testing, winemaking, animal care-taking, and the food industry.

Fall semester starts September 5. Late registration runs through September 8. For information on registration and assessment testing, call (408) 848-4800 or go to


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