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RULE §127.778Principles of Bioscience (One Credit), Adopted 2021

(a) Implementation. The provisions of this section shall be implemented by school districts beginning with the 2023-2024 school year.

  (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.

(c) Introduction.

  (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 to:

    (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 collective outcome;

    (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 occupation;

    (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, and industrial;

    (G) use technology to research biotechnology topics, including identifying and selecting appropriate scholarly references; and

    (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 communication skills;

    (B) demonstrate skills used to secure and maintain employment;

    (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 to:

    (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; and

    (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 to:

    (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, and biofuels;


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