Undergraduate courses

We answer the call to educate honors students of Grand Challenges in life sciences, and we work one on one with nursing students, non-science majors and working professionals to share the science and practice of Microbiology and Biotechnology.

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VBS 1001 - Introduction to biotechnology

Offered: Fall 
Units: 4 units
Grading basis: A - F or Audit
Course components: Laboratory - Required; Lecture - Required
Course attributes: Biological Sciences, Technology and Society
Description: Basic understanding of cell biology/biotechnology. Laboratory exercises using modern molecular biotechnology techniques. Lectures. History of biotechnology. Cell biology/biotechnology. Develop research plan.

VBS 2100 - Companion animal anatomy

Offered: Spring
Units: 3 units
Grading basis: A - F only
Course components: Laboratory - Required; Lecture - Required
Description: Develop anatomical knowledge through study/dissection. Compare/contrast animal adaptations.
Prerequisite: General Biology (e.g., BIOL 1009) is recommended

VBS 2032 - General microbiology with laboratory

Offered: Fall, Spring and Summer
Units: 5 units
Grading basis: A - F only
Course components: Laboratory - Required; Lecture - Required
Description: Bacterial metabolism, growth/genetics, biology of viruses/fungi. Control of microorganisms. Host-microbe interactions, microorganisms/disease, applied microbiology
Prerequisites: One semester each of college chemistry, biology

GCC 3016/5016 - Science and society: working together to avoid the antibiotic resistance apocalypse

Offered: Spring 2018
Instructors: Drs. Dawn Foster-Hartnett, Patricia Goodman-Mamula, James Johnson, and Timothy Johnson
Units: 3 credits
Prerequisites: Must be a sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student
Course components: Lecture/Discussion, 11:45am-12:35pm, MWF
Course attributes: Antibiotic resistance, globalization, societal and ethical implications, alternative therapeutic approaches
Description: This course provides an overview of how antibiotic use invoked antibiotic resistance, including in depth discussions of antibiotic resistant microorganisms and the impact of globalization on this exploding problem.