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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 biologists and 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)

Biology: Biotechnology Foundations

Grade 9|10

Biology: Biotechnology 1 is an inquiry-based laboratory course that incorporates the technology and principles that are used in the biotechnology industry. Students will use modern molecular laboratory techniques such as DNA extraction, DNA amplification and visualization of DNA on electrophoresis gels to investigate authentic research questions. This course includes a diverse range of topics such as cellular biology, genetics, evolution, and ecology are included in the course. (This course fulfills the 9th grade Biology science credit).

Chemistry: Biotechnology 2

Grade 10|11

Chemistry: Biotechnology 2 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).

Biotechnology 3 (2020-2021)

Grade 11|12

Biotechnology 3 will be available in the 2020-2021 school year, based on board approval.

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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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