CMB 707 Biotechnology Today (3 credit hours) is a project-based course that will include studies in DNA fingerprinting, PCR, CRISPR, bioinformatics, and western blot technologies: all important biotechnology techniques currently used in forensic sciences. The course is designed to give students a fundamental understanding of techniques covered as well as a working knowledge, through the use of some virtual labs. Students will also learn how these techniques can be applied toward new challenges in the biotechnology industry. Projects will include integrating knowledge and skills in the examination, analysis, interpretation, reporting, and testimonial support of evidence. Students will also develop problem-solving and analytical skills that are more generally applicable to the life sciences. Furthermore, students will develop writing and presentation skills necessary for the biotechnology workforce.