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Courses in the Program

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

In the BioSc172L Introduction to Biotechnology 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 linked to lecture course, Spring lab only. 

BioSc172 Introduction to Biotechnology 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 in-person, Spring online

BioSc 157 Foundations in Biotechnology 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 semester 

BioSc 159 Foundations in Biotechnology Lab 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 Semester

BioSc147 Molecular and Cellular Biology 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. Fall Semester

BIOSC188 (888N): Biotechnology Operations  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! Fall Semester late start

BIOSC182 (882N): Safety, efficacy, and quality in regulated products Learn concepts of quality control, safety, efficiacy and validation as it relates to manufacturing in regulated industries.  Explore the GLP, cGMP, Quality Assurance and Quality Control laws, regulations, and quality practices associated with life science industries.  Examples of applications in the biotechnology, cannabis, pharmaceutical, agriculture, food and medical device industries are included. Spring Semester- online

BIOSC876N: Life Science Communications: professional reports, preparing workshops, public media. Non Credit  Create clear communications products from the data and analysis of life science laboratories.  Projects will include workshop presentations for community audiences, preparation of reports for science professionals, development of social media and website products. Spring Semester (Late start)

BIOSC186: Biomolecule Purification and Analysis  All the stages of a biomanufacturing pipeline are covered in this class.  Students perform scale-up, sample preparation, protein separation and purification, column chromatography, large-scale recovery, and use assays for recovery analysis.  Practice isolating a specific protein from a complex cell lysate using affinity and other forms of chromatography, and analyze the results by qualitative and quantitative protein assays. The size and purity of the isolated protein are analyzed by SDS-Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and western blotting. Current Good Manufacturing Process (cGMP), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) are always followed. Spring Semester (late start)

BIOSC183: Eukaryotic Cell Culture  Prepare for employment as cell culture technicians. Learn aseptic techniques, how to work in a cell culture hood, how to compose mammalian cell culture media and the function of each medium component, how to use a hemacytometer and vital staining to count cells and determine viability, how to passage cells, and how to cryopreserve cell cultures. In addition, learn about stem cell research, including multi-potent and totipotent cell lines.  Spring Semester (late start)

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