BIO200 Genetics

BIO231 Bioethics: Life, Health, and Environment

The ethical, legal, and social implications of discoveries in biological research, environmental issues and technological applications generate discussions between scientists, politicians, lawyers, clergy and citizens throughout the world. Bioethics is a comprehensive interdisciplinary course about biomedical and environmental legal and ethical practice. Students will discuss the conflicts that arise in society that biologists/biotechnologists face when working in biotechnology, human and animal health, environmental health and ethical research practices in basic/applied science. Through critical thinking and “real case” scenarios students will be able to reach an appropriate course of action.

BIO230 has an interdisciplinary approach that helps students understand the impact that microorganisms have in daily life. Group exercises, a research paper and a class presentation are combined to ensure that students grasp the co-evolutionary processes that have shaped and continue to influence the interaction between parasites, symbionts and hosts. The course will contrast the classic “evolutionary arms race” with a modern ecological view to discuss novel alternatives in the management of infectious diseases.

BIO340 Biotechnology

BIO230 Microbiology

The manipulation/analysis of molecular material from microbes to eukaryotic organisms generate the revolutionary field of biotechnology. Students explore how molecular and engineering principles integrate to generate biotechnological applications; analyze new scientific discoveries to design experiments for potential biotechnological uses; evaluate the implications and applications of biotechnology, including ethical considerations. It is an overview of biotechnology in forensics, human health, marine sciences/aquaculture, & crop/food improvement. Students are trained in commonly used biotech techniques.

BIO200 provides an introduction to the fundamental genetic principles behind inheritance, biotechnology and evolution. It covers the mechanisms of genetics at the level of the cell, organisms and populations. BIO200 explores the connection between genetics and evolutionary biology, medicine, drug discovery or the Human Genome Project and its implications. Learning objectives include the following: to become familiar with the principal concepts of genetics, to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that direct and regulate inheritance, to evaluate the relationship between genetics and evolutionary changes and to think critically about how genetic technology is affecting today’s world and society.