|(a) Implementation. The provisions of this section
shall be implemented by school districts beginning with the 2023-2024
(1) No later than August 31, 2023, the commissioner
of education shall determine whether instructional materials funding
has been made available to Texas public schools for materials that
cover the essential knowledge and skills identified in this section.
(2) If the commissioner makes the determination that
instructional materials funding has been made available, this section
shall be implemented beginning with the 2023-2024 school year and
apply to the 2023-2024 and subsequent school years.
(3) If the commissioner does not make the determination
that instructional materials funding has been made available under
this subsection, the commissioner shall determine no later than August
31 of each subsequent school year whether instructional materials
funding has been made available. If the commissioner determines that
instructional materials funding has been made available, the commissioner
shall notify the State Board of Education and school districts that
this section shall be implemented for the following school year.
(b) General requirements. This course is recommended
for students in Grades 9 and 10. Students shall be awarded one credit
for successful completion of this course.
(1) Career and technical education instruction provides
content aligned with challenging academic standards, industry-relevant
technical knowledge, and college and career readiness skills for students
to further their education and succeed in current and emerging professions.
(2) The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(STEM) Career Cluster focuses on planning, managing, and providing
scientific research and professional and technical services such as
laboratory and testing services and research and development services.
(3) Principles of Bioscience provides an overview of
biotechnology, bioengineering, and related fields. Topics related
to genetics, proteins, and nucleic acids reinforce the applications
of Biology content. Students will further study the increasingly important
agricultural, environmental, economic, and political roles of bioenergy
and biological remediation; the roles of nanoscience and nanotechnology
in biotechnology medical research; and future trends in biological
science and biotechnology.
(4) Students are encouraged to participate in extended
learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations
and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.
(5) Statements that contain the word "including" reference
content that must be mastered, while those containing the phrase "such
as" are intended as possible illustrative examples.
(d) Knowledge and skills.
(1) The student demonstrates professional standards/employability
skills as required by business and industry. The student is expected
(A) demonstrate how to dress appropriately, speak politely,
and conduct oneself in a manner appropriate for the profession;
(B) show the ability to cooperate, contribute, and
collaborate as a member of a group in an effort to achieve a positive
(C) present written and oral communication in a clear,
concise, and effective manner;
(D) demonstrate time-management skills in prioritizing
tasks, following schedules, and performing goal-relevant activities
in a way that produces efficient results; and
(E) demonstrate punctuality, dependability, reliability,
and responsibility in performing assigned tasks as directed.
(2) The student explores biotechnology career opportunities.
The student is expected to:
(A) determine interests in the field of biotechnology
through explorations such as career assessments, interactions with
biotechnology professionals, media, and literature;
(B) identify career options in the field of biotechnology;
(C) identify reliable sources of career information;
(D) research and communicate interests, knowledge,
educational level, abilities, and skills needed in a biotechnology-related
(E) identify conventional and non-conventional career
opportunities that match interests and aptitudes;
(F) research applications of biotechnology in medicine,
the environment, and settings such as pharmaceutical, agricultural,
(G) use technology to research biotechnology topics,
including identifying and selecting appropriate scholarly references;
(H) analyze and discuss professional publications such
as academic and peer-reviewed journals and technical reports.
(3) The student evaluates ethical and legal issues
in biotechnology. The student is expected to:
(A) identify current ethical and legal issues;
(B) describe the history of biotechnology and related
ethical and legal issues;
(C) discuss legal and technology issues for at least
two biotechnology-related areas; and
(D) analyze examples of biotechnology views supported
by objective and subjective sources such as scientific data, economic
data, and sociocultural contexts.
(4) The student examines federal, state, local, and
industry regulations as applied to biotechnological processes through
researching credible sources. The student is expected to:
(A) identify local, state, and federal agencies responsible
for regulating the biotechnology industry such as the U.S. Department
of Agriculture (USDA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC);
(B) identify professional organizations participating
in the development of biotechnology policies;
(C) identify and define terms related to biotechnology
regulations such as Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), Good Manufacturing
Practices (GMP), and Globally Harmonized System (GHS); and
(D) outline the methods and procedures used in biotechnology
laboratories to follow local, state, and federal regulations such
as those in the agricultural and health areas.
(5) The student demonstrates knowledge of the business
climate for biotechnology industry sectors in the current market.
The student is expected to:
(A) identify professional publications;
(B) identify the various biotechnology industry sectors;
(C) investigate and report on career opportunities
in the biotechnology industry sectors; and
(D) identify professional organizations such as those
at the local, state, and national levels.
(6) The student researches and exhibits employability
skills that support a career in the biotechnology industry. The student
is expected to:
(A) demonstrate verbal, non-verbal, written, and electronic
(B) demonstrate skills used to secure and maintain
(C) demonstrate appropriate workplace etiquette;
(D) display productive work habits and attitudes; and
(E) identify appropriate safety equipment and practices
as outlined in Texas Education Agency-approved and industry-approved
safety standards such as the use of personal protective equipment
(PPE) and safety data sheets (SDS).
(7) The student investigates how biotechnology impacts
the origins of waste and resource recovery. The student is expected
(A) identify biotechnology manufacturing processes
and their end products, including waste and marketable products;
(B) explore the impacts of waste on biotic and abiotic
factors in the environment such as effects on biological life cycles
and pollution from nonbiodegradable single-use materials and microplastics;
(C) analyze the results of manufacturing refuse;
(D) explain the negative impacts of waste with respect
to the individual, society, and the global population;
(E) investigate solutions to waste through bioremediation;
(F) investigate evidence supporting waste management
through regulations, public policy, and technology development.
(8) The student examines the relationship of biotechnology
to the development of commercial products. The student is expected
(A) identify applications of agricultural biotechnology
such as selective breeding of livestock and plants, aquaculture, horticultural
products, and genetically modified organisms;
(B) identify applications of industrial biotechnology
such as fermented food and beverages, genetically engineered proteins
for industry, biocatalysts, bio polymers, biosensors, bioremediation,
(C) identify applications of medical and pharmaceutical
biotechnology such as genetically modified cells, antibodies, vaccine
and gene therapy, genetic testing for human disease/disorders, three-dimensional
bio-printing, and medicines from plants, animals, fungi, and bacteria;
(D) identify applications of research and development
in biotechnology such as deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and protein synthesis
and sequencing, genetic testing and screening, DNA identification,
RNAi, siRNA, miRNA, the CRISPR/Cas9 system, and synthetic biology;
(E) identify the applications of biotechnology in the
fields of forensics, law enforcement, nanotechnology, and bioinformatics;
(F) research ethical considerations, laws, and regulations
for biotechnological applications such as bioinformatics, genetic
engineering, and nanotechnology; and
(G) identify the function of laboratory equipment,
including a microscope, thermocycler, pH meter, hot plate stirrer,
electronic balance, autoclave, centrifuge, transilluminator, micropipette,
incubator, electrophoresis unit, vortex mixer, water bath, laboratory
glassware, biosafety cabinet, and chemical fume hood.