Core Courses

BIOLOGY 265  Solution and Media Preparation (2)

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 266  Media and Solution Preparation II (2)

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 270  Molecular Biology (3)

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)

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 275  Recombinant Dna Techniques (6)

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 276  Immunology Lecture (6)

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.

Course syllabus for Biology 276.

 

BIOLOGY 277  Immunology (6)

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.

Course syllabus for Biology 277.

 

BIOLOGY 249  Tissue Culture and Staining (4)

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.

 

BIOLOGY 279  Biotechnology Techniques (3)
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.

 

BIOLOGY 280  Seminar In Biotechnology (1)

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 285  Basics of Bioinformatics (2)

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.

 

BIOLOGY 286  Molecular Lab Techniques In Medical Diagnostics (2)

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.

 

BIOLOGY 287  High Performance Liquid Chromatography (Hplc) (2)

This laboratory will present the theory of High Performance Liquid Chromatography as well as practical experience using the instrumentation. Students will receive hands-on training setting up and trouble shooting an HPLC, preparing protein samples for analysis, data collection and analysis of results. Previously BIOSC 255. Prerequisite: BIOL 270/274, BIOL 279, or instructor permission. Student option grading.

Course syllabus for Biology 287.