Biotechnical Foundations in Health & Medical Sciences

Instructor: Angela Beasley, RN, CPhT

Grade Level(s): 11-12

Credit: 2 units

Location: BSTC

This course focuses on various techniques that are used to modify living organisms, parts of organisms, to improve plants and animals, and the development of microorganisms for specific purposes. Student activities range from bio-processing and DNA analysis, to medicine, bio-mechanical systems, and the environment. Students gain insight and understanding about biotechnology career fields. 

This hands-on, lab based course will teach students foundational skills in medical laboratory safety and procedures,  the scientific process as it relates to discoveries in the medical field, medical research and development as well as medical manufacturing and quality control.  This course provides a foundation to students interested in medical research, pharmacology, biochemistry, medical lab technology, geneticist, and microbiology.

                *This course is a completer sequence with Forensics and Vet Science

March 16, 2020


Dear Students and Families of Biotechnology:


I hope this letter finds you well.  


Please be reminded that Susie G Gibson Science and Technology Center is closed through March 29, 2020.  The building is closed to students and the public. Students should NOT continue work-based learning during the closure period, and all field trips, assemblies, club meetings, service projects, and other school activities are cancelled and may be rescheduled at a later date. 


Our class will not be meeting, and any work completed during the closure period is for enrichment purposes.  This work will not be graded and cannot be required for course completion in terms of high school credits. We also understand that you are preparing for a career about which you care deeply and want to provide you with learning resources during the closure period.  You are encouraged to access these via YouTube-BBC documentary: Visions of the Future-The Biotechnology Revolution parts 1 and 2.  Should additional resources become available for you, I will share them with you via email.  If you have technical questions about what you may need to do given your personal and professional goals, please contact me at abeasley@bedford.k12.va.us.   Please note that work-based learning opportunities are NOT occuring during the period of school closure.


Please feel free to reach me via email.  I will be working remotely during school hours and will respond to email.  My email address is abeasley@bedford.k12.va.us; school phones are not available.  Again, as your resources allow, we encourage you to use this time to keep learning while observing appropriate guidance on social distancing.


Keep washing your hands, and we will hope to see you soon!


Sincerely,




Angela Beasley RN, CPhT


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