By Nicholas Murray
Biotech is a course that requires many skills like learning how to run DNA through gel, which is not as simple as it may sound.
This senior course may be a hard course to take, but that should not discourage juniors from signing up for it, or seniors from switching to it.
Biotech is short for biotechnology, focuses on the use of biological processes for industrial use.
This course is not as popular compared to electives like Ceramics or Digital Video, because not everyone needs biotech for the career they have in mind. But it does fill a need for some students.
When asked why she chose this course, Senior Maria Latorre commented that for her, “I’m going into the medical field so biotech is one of the things I would have to learn.”
This was not the only reason she chose the class.
“I don’t have to be in biotech, I can take it when I go to University for pre-med, but I like science, a lot and biotech is one of my favorite kinds of science.”
The second reason is more straight forward. Many people think biotech is an impossible class. This is not not necessarily true.
It is true that Biotech can be hard. Senior Teige Dougherty, another Biotech student, said that, “Oh yeah, Biotech is insanely hard.”
This is not the general consensus among the class though. Ryan shaw responded that, “Biotech can be hard at times.”
Despite this, the class is not impossible. Maria explained that, “ Mr.Vk isn’t a hard teacher. He is really chill and understanding, if you have a question he will help you, even if you are stuck for a whole period.”
Indeed, biotech teacher, Matthew VanKouwenberg did not make the class to give everyone a hard time. The class was created because, “its the field of science that I feel will have the biggest impact on our society for the next few decades.”
Biotech is not an easy class, nor is it necessarily for everyone to take it, but it is a class that should at least be considered by those who enjoy science and would like to study it further.