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4300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson Arizona 85718
Phone number: 520-209-8300 | Fax: 520-209-8520
Attendance Line: 520-209-8318
School Hours: 8:35am-3:25pm
Counseling Office 520-209-8305
Health Office: 520-209-8304
Athletics Office: 520-209-8412
Registrar: 520-209-8385
School Code: 030476

Ms. Jody Brase

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Catalina Foothills High School

Career and Technical Education Courses


Program Description

The Bioscience program prepares individuals to apply scientific principles and technical skills in support of biotechnologists in research, industrial and government settings. Includes instruction in fermentation technology, cell culturing, protein purification, biologic synthesis, assaying and testing, quality control, industrial microbiology, bioprocessing, chromatography, and bio separation, genetic technology, laboratory and hazardous materials safety and computer applications and test equipment operation and maintenance.

Student Organization

Biotechnology students are encouraged to join this CTSO

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Course Sequence (2 to 3 Years)

Chemistry: Intro to Biotechnology

Grade 10|11|12

Chemistry: Intro to Biotechnology is an inquiry-based laboratory course that emphasizes essential concepts with authentic applications. Students will explore topics such as the structure of matter, bonding, chemical reactions, molar relationships, periodicity, cell culture, proteins and nucleic acids, solution preparation, microbiology, genetic technology, and laboratory techniques in a modern biotechnology lab. (This course fulfills the 10th grade Chemistry science credit).


Applications of Biotechnology

Grade 11|12

Applications of Biotechnology is a laboratory course that emphasizes the role that biotechnology plays in research and industry.  The course includes topics such as recombinant DNA technology, bacterial transformations, protein identification and isolation, the human genome project, genetic ethics.  Students will also get hands-on experience working through experimental design and critical analysis using physics-based concepts. 

Options: U of A MCB 101 credit


Advanced Biotechnology

Grade 12

Advanced Biotechnology is an advanced laboratory course utilizing the foundations of chemistry, biology, and biotechnology to approach different current issues in the field.  Emphasis on laboratory practices along with independent research will culminate in a self-chosen research project that will be presented by the student.

Options: U of A MCB 102 credit


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College Options

University of Arizona

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Employment Outlook:

Major employers:

  • Research and testing companies
  • Colleges and universities
  • Drug manufacturers
  • Hospitals
  • Medical equipment and supplies manufacturers
  • Research and development companies

Biomedical Engineer, $85,620 annual (

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • have a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering

    Medical Scientists, $80,530 annual (

    A medical scientist typically needs to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • have a bachelor's degree
  • complete a doctoral degree (PhD) in medical science
  • complete a degree in medicine (MD) if you want to treat patients

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