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.

undergrad

VBS 1001 - Introduction to Biotechnology

VBS 1001 - Introduction to Biotechnology

Offered: Fall and Spring 
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

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.
Prereq: General Biology (e.g., BIOL 1009) is recommended

VBS 2032 - General Microbiology with Laboratory

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
Prereq: One semester each of college chemistry, biology

GCC 3016/5016-Science and Society: Working Together to Avoid the Antibiotic Resistance Apocalypse

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