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Courses in the Program

Here are detailed descriptions of the core biotechnology courses in the program.

In the BioSc172L lab course (2U), basic biology concepts are applied directly to a scientific investigation of how best to produce biofuels using algae. We use photobioreactors, microbiology, microscopes, spectrophotometers, the chemistry and math of preparing solutions, and a CO2 meter to carry out experiments that measure growth, metabolism, and biomolecule production. This course will teach students about all aspects of the biotechnology field, with content appropriate for a wide range of students and professionals. Along with the lecture course, BioSc172, satisfies the IGETC Area V, CSU B3, and serves as the pre-requisite to BioSc134 and BioSc119.  Fall 2015 (M 1:10-2:30, W 1:10-3:30)

BioSc172 is an online course that teaches students about all aspects of the biotechnology field, with content appropriate for a wide range of students and professionals. Topics will include legal and ethical issues surrounding biotechnology, cells, genes, DNA, proteins, genetic engineering, drug development, biofuels, agriculture, bioremediation, biotechnology company structure, and the regulations affecting the field. Satisfies IGETC Area V, CSU B3, articulates with UC Davis Biotech1 course. Fall 2015 (online, with 3 in-person meetings)

BioSc 157 gives students both knowledge and practical experience in valuable biotechnology workplace skills. Students learn to apply chemical, biochemical, molecular biology, bioinformatic and microbiological concepts to actual formulations used in Biotechnology labs. Concepts important for working in a regulated environment, laboratory calculation, and technical practice with precision measuring and analytical instruments, and reagents are covered. Good communication and effective teamwork skills are also emphasized. Spring 2016 (M, W 4:30-7:20)

BioSc 159 familiarizes students with commonly used assay methods and instrumentation, and to provide training in workplace skills such as instrumentation trouble-shooting, data analysis, and keeping a laboratory notebook according to Good Manufacturing Practices. Proficiency in laboratory and notebook record keeping (according to cGMP conventions), good laboratory practices, following SOP’s, QA/QC documentation, communication and teamwork is practiced. Spring 2016 (M, W 4:30-7:20)

BioSc147 covers Molecular and Cellular Biology for those majoring in Biology.  In the lab, students will apply techniques and experimental skills commonly used in biotechnology and molecular biology laboratories. These include microscopy, molecular genetics (PCR, agarose gels, plasmid construction and tests of genotypes/phenotypes), enzyme assays, cell culture, protein purification, spectrophotometry, standard curves, ELISA, and metabolic assays.

BioSc300 (Soon to be BIOSC188)  In this course, we apply biotechnology operations training to an analytical lab experience with the Soil Microbiome Project.  Use cutting edge DNA sequencing in the biotechnology lab and computer science-based bioinformatics tools.  Make new discoveries about how bacteria and fungus change in the soil as Urban Tilth increases food production using ecology-based techniques for soil improvement.  Boost your resume with hands-on lab work!

Here is a link to our FLICKR page with data from lab experiments!

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