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Biotechnology

1. Program Description

The Biotechnology undergraduate program aims to cultivate elite talents who adapt the increasing demands in various fields of biotechnology. Students receive training and experience in the broad areas of biology, including the classical botany, zoology, microbiology, cell biology, ecology and genetics, as well as modern biotechnology including genetic engineering, enzyme engineering, fermentation engineering and cell engineering. Students can also choose from a variety of elective curriculums in other areas of biotechnology, such as environmental and ecological control technique, microbial medicine, immunology, aquaculture and agricultural biotechnology, etc. Independent study and thesis writing are alternative, giving students the opportunity to complete and develop a research project in biotechnology or related areas. Students will develop the innovation ability by gaining the theoretical and practical training in biotechnology and life sciences through familiarization with scientific methods, experimental techniques, and research equipments.

2. Program Duration and Credit

This is a four-year undergraduate program, which can be completed within a minimum of three years and a maximum of seven years.

For a bachelor’s degree, a total of 161 credits are required upon the completion of the program.

3. Curriculum

Three modules of courses are offered for the program: Basic Curriculum, Essential Curriculum, and Elective Curriculum. The Basic and Essential curricula are compulsory for a Bachelor’s degree.

The Elective Curriculum in the list includes extended disciplinary courses offered by the school into which an individual student is admitted, as well as cross disciplinary courses offered by other schools. Students can choose the extended and cross disciplinary courses according to their personal interests and career plans; however, credits should be approved by the School.

1Basic Curriculum

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

100701062105

Advanced Mathematics (I)

4

1

 

100701062106

Advanced Mathematics (II)

4

2

 

100010191004

Visual Basic Language Program Design

4

2

Including 1 practice credit

100010072101

College Physics B (I)

3

2

 

100010072102

College Physics B (I)

2

3

 

100703082206

Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry Experiment B

4

1

 

100703082207

Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry Experiment B

1

1

practice course

100703082207

Organic Chemistry C

3

2

 

100703082209

Organic Chemistry Experiment C

1

2

practice course

100710092001

Introduction and Seminar of Biology

2

1

 

100710092002

Biostatistics

3

5

 

2Essential Curriculum

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

100710093009

Biochemistry*

4

3

 

100710093010

Experiment of Biochemistry*

1.5

3

practice course

100710093011

Microbiology*

3

4

 

100710093012

Microbiology Experiment*

1

4

practice course

100710093013

Genetics

3

4

 

100710093014

Genetic Experiment

1

4

practice course

100710093015

Cell Biology

3

5

 

100710093016

Experiment of Cell Biology

1

5

practice course

100710093019

Fundamental Ecology

2

6

 

100710093020

Fundamental Ecological Experiments

1

6

practice course

100710093025

Cell engineering*

2

6

 

100710093026

Genetic Engineering*

3

6

 

100710093027

Enzyme engineering*

2

5

 

100710093028

Fermentation engineering*

2

5

 

100710093029

Downstream Processing of Bioengineering*

3

5

 

100710093030

Practice of Beer Production Training*

1.5

6

practice course

100710093031

Practical Training of Plant Biotechnology*

100710093032

Practical Training for Cell Biotechnology*

100710093033

Biosecurity

2

6

 

100710093034

Principles of Chemical Engineering

3

4

 

100710093035

Bioinformatics

2

7

 

100710093036

Workshop study

1

3

practice course

100710093037

Professional Practice

6

8

practice course

100710093025

Graduation Design (thesis)

4

8

practice course

3Elective Curriculum

Course Code

Course

Credit

Semester

Remark

100710094001

Biodiversity

2

2

 

100710093001

Plant Biology (I)

3

3

 

100710093003

Plant Biology Experiment (I)

1

3

practice course

100710093005

Animal Biology (I)

3

3

 

100710093007

Animal Biology Experiment (I)

1

3

practice course

100710093024

Field Practical Training on General Biology

1

4

practice course

100710093017

Molecular Biology

3

4

 

100710093018

Experiment of Molecular Biology

1

4

practice course

100710094012

Advanced Cell Biology

2

6

 

100710094017

Environmental and ecological control technique

2

5

 

100830094006

Microbial Medicine

2

7

 

100710094019

Aquiculture

2

6

 

100710094020

Genomics

2

6

 

100710094021

Microbial Metabolic Engineering

2

7

 

100710094022

Practical Training for Cultivation of Edible Mushroom

2

5

practice course

100710094015

Cell Biotechnology and Application

2

7

 

100710094024

Plant and Agriculture Biotechnology

2

7

 

100710094016

Animal Transgenic Techniques

2

7

 

100710094013

Immunology

2

7

 

100710094023

Environmental Biology

2

7

 

100710094008

Developmental Biology

2

6

 

100710094005

Hydrobiology

2

7

 

100710094014

Professional English for Biology

2

7

 

(Note: 1. Odd-number semesters are the fall semesters and even-number semesters are the spring semesters in each academic year.

      2. The asterisk * marks a core course.

4. Core Courses and Introductions

100710093009    Biochemistry   (4.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Basic Biology or Introductory biology and Life SciencesOrganic Chemistry C

Biochemistry is the study of the molecular basis of biological processes in living organisms. It seeks to explain how a collection of atoms like carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen interaction to build the bio-molecules necessary for life. With the accelerated accumulation of updated experimental data and biochemical novel results, Biochemistry has become a growing discipline that provides insight into the related fields of genetics, immunology, microbiology, cell biology, and physiology. Its increasing basic fundamental knowledge advances the understanding of the chemical reactions and molecular interactions which govern living organisms and makes important contributions to help students learn other basic professional curriculum, and build a solid foundation for their future careers.

100710093010    Experiment of Biochemistry   (1.5 cr.)

Prerequisites: Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry Experiment C

Biochemistry is one of the core courses for undergraduate students major in biological related fields. Experiment of biochemistry is an important component of the course, and an obligatory and independent course for students in our school.

Fourteen experiments are set up in this course, and the students need to perform the experiments independently in the laboratory. The main items are included: analysis and identification of amino acids by paper chromatography, the colorimetric reaction of  amino acid and protein, assay of protein concentration by coomassie brilliant blue G250 and UV, electrophoresis of serum protein CAME (cellulose acetate membrane electrophoresis), and assay of activity of alkaline phosphatase, etc.

100710093011    Microbiology   (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Biochemistry, Basic Biology or Introductory biology and Life Sciences

The microbiology course includes the scope, significance and history of microbiology, functional anatomy and diversity of prokaryotes, functional anatomy and diversity of eukaryotes, and morphology and diversity of viruses, microbial nutrition and growth, microbial metabolisms, microbial heredity and mutation, microbial ecology, and microbial infection and immunology. This course gives the students the attention that focuses on the modern molecular microbiology frontier, microbial diversity, popular hot and public health events related with microbiology, and issues from research, development and manufacturing processes in microbiological field. Teaching approaches include teacher lectures, student discussion, extracurricular reading, review composition, and field trips, etc. The course provides microbiology study website and English teaching website with various kinds of references, and current abroad textbooks of Microbiology writen in English for supplementary reading.

100710093012    Microbiology Experiments     (1.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:    Microbiology, Biochemistry experiment

By mimicking the process of academic research and development, the experimental course is designed to three combined and researching experiment modules: (1) investigation of diversities of microorganisms in the environments; (2) screening, cultivation and breeding of enzymes-producing microorganisms; (3) microbiological and healthy test of water quality. Each module composes of several related research experiments to explore a natural law or dissolve a scientific issue. The modular experiment of investigation of diversities of microorganisms in the environments includes collection, isolation and observation of containing-microorganism samples in environments, observation of diversities of microbial colonies and bacteria, observation of diversities of actinomyces and fungi, and isolation and purification of Escherichia coli phages from pollution waters. The modular experiment of screening, cultivation and breeding of enzymes-producing microorganisms includes preparation and autoclave of media, screening, isolation and purification of enzyme-producing bacteria, optimization of cultivation conditions for enzyme-producing bacteria growth, characterization of enzyme-producing bacteria, and breeding of enzyme-producing bacteria by UV-inducing mutation. The modular experiment of microbiological and healthy test of water quality contains collection of water samples with microorganisms and measurement of bacterial cell numbers, determination of coliform group numbers, and serological determination of pathological bacteria in the water samples.

100710093025    Cell engineering      (2.0 cr.)

Prerequisites:   Cell biology

Cell engineering is the direct manipulation of an organism's cell by using modern cell and molecular biology technology, which can obtain specific dell line or animals

The course includes cell culture, cell fusion and division, and the methods and technology to make monoclonal antibody, chromosome engineering, stem-cell engineering, transgenic animal and mammary gland bioreactor.

100710093026    Genetic Engineering    (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry

The course is organized to cover developmental history, latest achievements of genetic engineering, and basic knowledge presented in detail for the principles, techniques and applications of recombinant DNA technology in prokaryotic and eukaryotic system, i.e. the construction and use of cloning and expression vectors to take donor DNA from one organism or type of cell and insert it into the DNA of another organism or type of cell. Further attention is directed to study the key steps for individual biological systems (e.g. Escherichia coli and mammalian cells) during DNA recombination and protein expression. Finally, characteristics of industrial cell culture and protein purification utilized for the large-scale production of recombinant heterologous proteins are focused.

100710093027    Enzyme engineering    (2.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Biochemistry, Microbiology

Enzyme engineering is a very practical course, and is one of the key specialized courses for the biological engineering and related fields. It contains enzyme fermentation, purification, enzyme modification, enzyme immobilization, and application of enzymes. The catalytic properties and the kinetics of enzyme are necessary to be understood. The new theories, new concepts, new technologies, new trends, basic knowledge and basic skills need to be mastered or understood. Students will be able to apply the theory in the practice and solve the detailed problem about enzyme engineering through the course study. Thus, the ability of scientific research and design will be improved. Abilities of thinking and transforming their research results into Industrial application for students will be cultivated when they are engaged in research work.

100710093028    Fermentation engineering (2.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Microbiology, Biochemistry

Fermentation engineering is the technology system which uses microbial or plant cell to produce useful substances or is directly used for industrialized production through the modern engineering technology. Fermentation engineering is a modern theory and technology, which combines the traditional fermentation with recombinant DNA, cell fusion, molecular modification, genome streamlining and optimizing. This course introduces the basic principles and techniques of fermentation engineering, arounding the biological themes including microbial strain screening and mutagenesis, molecular transformation and construction, and engineering themes including fermentation reactor and the kinetics of fermentation process design and scale-up engineering subject. The fermentation process and process of typical fermentation products such as penicillin and glutamic acid were introduced briefly.

100710093029    Downstream Processing of Bioengineering (3.0 cr.)

Prerequisites: Biochemistry, Fermentation Engineering

The course aims to help the students extract the target product from the complex mixture in order to achieve the required quality requirements. It refers to a series of unit operation from the large-scale cultivation of animals, plants, microorganisms, or engineering bacteria (or engineering cells) to the method of separation and purification, quality monitoring of the products.It is a combination of science and art, and is the integrated technology with a large number of separation and purification technology and product testing.

100710093030 Practice of Beer Production Training (1.5 cr.)

Prerequisites: Microbiology, Microbiology Experiment

The contents are designed to: (1) emphasize the great importance of security in training, set up the linkage between the small experiment and factory training, strengthen the relation of unit operations and ensure the system and continuity of training; (2) attach great importance to the students' practice, position responsibility and team cooperation; (3) strengthen the relationship between the biological fermentation product training courses and other courses, such as microbiology, microbial experiments, fermentation engineering, and chemistry. This course can effectively enhance professional practice and improve the comprehensive quality of the students in our school through effects analysis of biological fermentation product training.

100710093031 Practical Training of Plant Biotechnology (1.5 cr.)

Prerequisites: Plant Biology I, Biochemistry

This course is a new practical subject which is based on the plant production practice. Through three modules of production practice which includes plant tissue culture, plant cultivation and breeding, and plant products production, this course intends to encourage students master relevant technical, promote them to understand the theoretical knowledge about botany and other related courses, cultivate their abilities in observing, analyzing and solving problems, and ultimately improve their comprehensive innovation ability.

100710093032 Practical Training for Cell Biotechnology (1.5 cr.)

 Prerequisites: Cell Biology, Experiment of Cell Biology

This course belongs to the practical curriculum for the students majoring in the biological technology. It is a practical teaching step to enable students to reinforce and improve their basic knowledge background. Through learning and probating the professional and foundational curriculum, students will accept professional practice in the related production enterprises and other practice institutions. Such a practice will promote students to understand various key steps and get familiar with the key techniques in the process of production. Thus, students can smoothly combine learned theoretical knowledge with the productive practice.

 

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