Animal and Plant Biotechnology, a specialization course in the CASE program of study, provides students with experiences in industry appropriate applications of biotechnology related to plant and animal agriculture.

The Pennsylvania State University and the Center for Professional Personnel Development will partner to offer a premiere CASE Institute for Summer 2021. We will be offering Animal & Plant Biotechnology. The institute will take place July 25 - Aug 6, 2021.

About This Course

Animal and Plant Biotechnology, a specialization course in the CASE program of study, provides students with experiences in industry appropriate applications of biotechnology related to plant and animal agriculture. Students are expected to become proficient at biotechnological skills involving micropipetting, bacterial cultures and transformations, electrophoresis, and polymerase chain reaction.

Students maintain a research level Laboratory Notebook throughout the course documenting their experiences in the laboratory. Students develop and conduct a research project following the National FFA Agriscience Fair guidelines. From background research through data collection and analysis, students investigate a problem of their choice and conclude the project by reporting their results in the forms of a research paper and a research poster.

CASE resources and professional development provide extensive preparation for the teacher to be proficient and confident in their ability to provide proper instruction of biotechnology skills and concepts.

Course Content

The Animal and Plant Biotechnology areas of study include:

  • Laboratory Protocols & Safety
  • Cells
  • DNA & Protein
  • Genetically Modified Organisms
  • Micropropagation
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Research in Biotechnology

Prerequisites

Due to the pace and rigor of the course, certain prerequisites are necessary for student success. The preferred method of student acceptance into Animal and Plant Biotechnology is through a CASE sequence of courses. Students should take Introduction to AFNR followed by either Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal or Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant prior to enrolling in this course.

An alternative route could be Biology, Chemistry, foundational agricultural science for plants and animals and a strong background in student-directed, project-, and inquiry-based learning.

Registration

The cost of the Pennsylvania State University CASE Institute is $3,000 per person. The price includes curriculum, cost of instruction materials, and CASE Lead Teacher Fees. The registration fee must be paid by May 1st. See CANCELLATION POLICY for details about refunds and participant and/or school financial responsibilities after the registration deadline.

Purchase orders and checks should be made payable to and mailed to:

The Pennsylvania State University
c/o Jonathan Seaman
206 Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802

PO's or checks should be sent immediately after online registration to confirm that payment will follow. For questions regarding payment, please contact Jonathan Seaman at 814-865-6987.

Registration must be completed at: https://www.case4learning.org/events/register/

Graduate Credit

Graduate credits (1-6) from the Pennsylvania State University will be offered to all participants of the PSU CASE Institute. Please contact Jonathan Seaman (jts250@psu.edu or 814-865-6987) for details on obtaining graduate credit.

Cancellation Policy

Individuals who wish to cancel their registration after registering for the institute will incur a cancellation fee. Any registration cancellations from April 16 to May 28 will incur an $800 cancellation fee. After May 28, no refunds will be available to the individual and/or their school and payment in full is required.

More Information

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