Environmental biotechnology is the application of biotechnology principles and techniques to the study and management of the natural environment. It involves the use of microorganisms and other biological agents to perform various tasks that are beneficial to the environment, such as cleaning up contaminated sites, enhancing soil health, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Examples of environmental biotechnology applications include the use of bacteria to break down pollutants in water and soil, the use of algae to absorb excess nutrients from wastewater, and the use of fungi to decompose organic matter in landfills. Environmental biotechnology has the potential to contribute to the development of sustainable solutions to environmental problems, and it is an area of active research and development.
Environmental Biotechnology Courses
Required Elective Courses
2300361 INTRO MOL BIOTECH
INTRODUCTION TO MOLECULAR BIOTECHNOLOGY
Introduction to and history of molecular biotechnology; reviews on regulation of gene expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; principles and techniques in recombinant DNA technology; production of recombinant protein in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; mutagenesis, protein engineering and directed evolution; various applications of molecular biotechnology.
2300362 BIO SEQ ANALYSIS
BIOLOGICAL SEQUENCE ANALYSIS
Methods and algorithms for sequence alignment: pairwise sequence alignment, database similarity searching, multiple sequence alignment; profiles and Hidden Markov Models; gene finding and protein sequence analysis; processing of data obtained from DNA sequencers including assembly of raw data into a contiguous sequence, finding open reading frames and translating into amino acid sequences; sequence analysis tools used in recombinant DNA technology including restriction mapping, primer design, DNA cloning and mutagenesis; DNA, RNA and amino acid sequence analysis using publicly available web based tools.
2305262 GEN GENETICS LAB
GENERAL GENETICS LABORATORY
Laboratory work emphasizing the principles of inheritance; experiments with microorganisms and an independent study of inheritance in Drosophila melanogaster and Zea mays; problems solving and discussion.
2308351 ENVIRONMENT SCI I
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE I
Mankind and the environmental systems concerning ecological aspects of the earth (air, land, water and energy); sources of pollutions; types of pollution and their effects on living things, scientific methods for pollution abatement.
2308359 ENVI SCI LAB
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LABORATORY
Study of standard methods for examination of environmental quality: water, soil, air, and noise.
2308418 ENVI REMED TECH
ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION TECHNOLOGY
Principles of remedial technology; physical, chemical and biological remediation techniques.
2308419 PRIN BIODEG BIOREM
PRINCIPLES OF BIODEGRADATION AND BIOREMEDIATION
Principles of biodegradation : growth-link; acclimation; detoxication; activation, kinetics, sorption, chemical effects of substances on biodegradation environmental effects and principles of bioremediation.
2308439 BIOPOLY ENVI
Chemistry of biopolymer in environment; types and structure; biosynthesis and biodegradation by microorganisms; microbial enzymes in biopolymer degradation; applications of biopolymer in environmental remediation; innovation and technology; case studies.