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Summer Operating Hours July 10 – Sept 1

Mon-Thurs 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.–noon

Core Courses

Fall Quarter

BIOLOGY 265  Solution and Media Preparation (2 credits)

Preparation of media and solutions commonly used in biotechnology laboratories. Use of basic lab tools such as pipettors, pH meters, scales, centrifuges, autoclaves and spectrophotometers, and lab notebook maintenance. Previously BIOSC 245. Prerequisite: High school Biology and Chemistry or instructor approval. Student option grading.

Course syllabus for Biology 265

BIOLOGY 270  Molecular Biology lecture (3 credits)

To provide a basic understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underlie cellular processes, such as gene regulation, the secretory pathway, cell signaling, and the cell cycle. Previously BIOSC 250. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 with 2.0 or better. Recommended CHEM& 131. Student option grading.

Course syllabus for Biology 270

BIOLOGY 274  Molecular Biology Laboratory (3 credits)

Laboratory course emphasizing hands on experience with molecular biological techniques utilized in modern research laboratories. Techniques include gene cloning, PCR, DNA and protein electrophoresis, and protein purification. Previously BIOSC 251. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 and concurrent with BIOL 270. CHEM& 131 recommended. Student option grading.

Course syllabus for Biology 274

BIOLOGY 285  Basics of Bioinformatics (2 credits)

This course will present the basic principles of genomic and proteomic analysis using public databases. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on training using BLAST searches to analyze protein and DNA sequences, using Entrez to study genomic structures and Cn3D to study protein structure. Previously BIOSC 256. Prerequisite: BIOL 270 or equivalent experience. Student option grading.

Course syllabus for Biology 285

Winter Quarter

BIOLOGY 266  Media and Solution Preparation II (2 credits)

Preparation of media and solutions commonly used in biotechnology laboratories. Use of basic lab tools such as pipettors, pH meters, scales, centrifuges, autoclaves and spectrophotometers. Use of MSDS, GLP procedures and lab safety. Previously BIOSC 245. Prerequisite: High school Biology and Chemistry or instructor approval. Student option grading.

Course syllabus for Biology 266

BIOLOGY 275  Recombinant Dna Techniques (6 credits)

Basic course in the theory and concepts of recombinant DNA techniques. Course will focus on the methods of gene cloning with viral and plasmid vectors, growth and maintenance of E. coli, extraction and purification of DNA, polymerase chain reaction, and protein expression. The lab will focus on 'hands on' techniques. Previously BIOSC 265. Prerequisite: BIOL 270 with 1.8 or better or permission. Student option grading.

Course syllabus for Biology 275

BIOLOGY 280  Seminar In Biotechnology (1 credit)

This course will focus on the skills needed to find internships and jobs in biotechnology. It will include speakers from the biotechnology industry, HR experts, and special topics such as cover letter and resume writing as well as interviewing skills. Previously BIOSC 295. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 plus completion of at least ten additional credits toward the AAAS degree or Certificate of Proficiency in the Biotechnology Laboratory Assistant Program or permission. Mandatory P/NC grading.

Course syllabus for Biology 280

BIOLOGY 286  Molecular Lab Techniques In Medical Diagnostics (2 credits)

Practical experience using molecular techniques, such as PCR and ELISA, for medical diagnostic assays. Emphasis will be placed on understanding theory, experimental design, interpretation of results, and the limitations of these assays. Previously BIOSC 253. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211, BIOL& 260. Student option grading.

Course syllabus for Biology 286.

Spring Quarter

BIOLOGY 276  Immunology Lecture (3 credits)

This course focuses on the concepts necessary to understand the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of the immune system. Emphasis will be placed on antigen and antibody structure and function, antibody production, cellular based immunity, and the major histocompatibility complex. Prerequisite: BIOL 270. Student option grading. Lecture-only component of BIOL 277 Immunology.

Course syllabus for Biology 276: See lecture portion of the BIOLOGY 277 Immunology syllabus below.

BIOLOGY 277  Immunology (6 credits)

This course focuses on the concepts and laboratory procedures necessary to understand the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of the immune system. Emphasis will be placed on antigen and antibody structure and function, antibody production, cellular based immunity, and the major histocompatibility complex. Previously BIOSC 270. Prerequisite: BIOL 270 or permission. Student option grading.  Lecture and laboratory course.

Course syllabus for Biology 277

BIOLOGY 249  Tissue Culture and Staining (4 credits)

Introduction to theory and concepts of animal cell & tissue culturing. Teaches the fundamentals in tissue culture techniques, subculturing & maintenance of cell lines. Skills also include: cell viability testing, cell counting, feeding of cell lines & quality control. Previously BIOSC 260. Prerequisite: BIOL&211 with 2.0 or better. Student option grading.

Course syllabus for Biology 249

Summer Quarter

BIOLOGY 279  Biotechnology Techniques (3 credits)

Introduction to theory and concepts of animal cell & tissue culturing.  Students learn basic Biotechnology lab manufacturing and production techniques used to isolate and purify recombinant and/or therapeutic proteins in academic and industrial research laboratories. Previously BIOSC 275. Prerequisite: BIOL 270, 274 with 2.0 or better or permission. Student option grading.

Course syllabus for Biology 279

BIOLOGY 288  Basic Principles of Flow Cytometry (2 credits)

This is a lecture and laboratory presents the theory of flow cytometry and provides practical laboratory experience using the instrumentation. Students receive hands-on training calibrating and troubleshooting a flow cytometer, preparing and staining cells for analysis, data collection and analysis of data.

Course syllabus for Biology 288: Coming soon.

BIOLOGY 290 Internship (1-2 credits)

Typically completed in summer or fall quarter, completion time varies. This course is a cooperative education experience that provides students with work experience in the biotechnology industry. One- and two-quarter internship commitments are available.

Internships require the completion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) collaboratively between the student and his or her mentor.  This MOU defines dates and hours to be worked, as well as learning objectives.