Welcome to BIT 295: Biotechnology & Sustainability

Learn how to solve global problems with science!

Syllabus Fall 2023

Course Map

While technological advances have made it easier to communicate, collaborate, and work online, we face global challenges with the recycling of discarded electronics such as cell phones and computers. What happens to that old computer or cell phone? In this course, we will dive into the misconceptions, social justice issues, and technologies that will be critical in addressing this challenge. We will explore biotechnologies and genomic data to ask: can we harness the power of microbes around us to recycle electronic waste? The BIT 295 Biotechnology & Sustainability course will empower you to be curious, interact with experts from various disciplines, and use powerful online resources to explore potential solutions. Explore, learn, and share as we use realistic scenarios, cloud-based tools, and biotechnologies to think about life on our electronics after we discard them.

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