About the Course


  • Grades 7-11
  • CTY-Level

The Human Genome Project has sequenced all of the approximately 20,000 genes in human DNA. How did scientists gather this information? Can it help cure congenital diseases or cancer? What ethical questions does it present? This course explores the intersection of biology, genetics, and technology and its impact on society. You’ll review fundamental principles of cell biology and genetics, including mitosis, meiosis, and Mendelian inheritance, and get to know the structure and function of DNA and RNA, sources and types of mutations. You’ll explore biotechnology’s applications in medicine, aquaculture, agriculture, and industry, and work in the lab to isolate the DNA molecule from common bacteria and split genes using restriction enzymes. You and your classmates will examine DNA vaccines, conduct gel electrophoresis, and model polymerase chain reaction. You’ll leave the course with an understanding of how the field of genetics impacts society, current research in molecular biology, and insight into the future of genetic inquiry and technology.

Typical Class Size: 18

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level CTY-Level Not required
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Course Prerequisites

Biotechnology requires:

1 prerequisite

Successful completion of Online Programs' Honors Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, or at least a B in high school biology

Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)

Financial Aid is available

We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.

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Course Materials

Students should bring basic school supplies like pens, notebooks, and folders to their summer program. You will be notified of any additional items needed before the course begins. All other materials will be provided by CTY.

Course Extras (Lab fee info, etc): Lab fee: $135

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