Bioscience

Two bio fall courses offered by Pima Community College

July 26, 2008

By Flinn Foundation

BIO 135, CRN: 13923 ~ Genetics, Biotechnology, and Human Affairs (4 Credits)
8/28 to 12/18; Tuesday/Thursday; 5:40 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
Pima College West Campus, K 133

An introduction to human genetics and biotechnology including career exploration, history, and application of recombinant DNA technology, the human genome project, and laboratory safe practices. Includes
introduction to biotechnology, fundamentals of cell biology and genetics, applications of biotechnology, bioethics, careers in biotechnology, and laboratory techniques. This course transfers as a non-majors natural science at ASU, NAU, and UA.

  • Plus for high school teachers: excellent for individuals beginning to implement biotechnology into their curriculum.
  • Plus for high school students: JTED will pay course registrations and provide a book for this course.

Instructor Laurie Cale has extensive experience teaching biology and biotechnology and creates a very enjoyable and productive classroom environment. She has taught at Catalina Foothills High, University High, Pima Community College (including the Biotechnology Summer Institute), and most recently out of Arizona in Cairo, Egypt and San Diego, CA.

BIO 206, CRN: 12535, Biotechnology Instrumentation I (4 credits)
8/27 to 12/17; Monday/Wednesday 5:40 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
Pima Community College West Campus K125

Includes DNA isolation and cloning, sequence analysis, gel electrophoresis, PCR, RT PCR, nucleic acid hybridization, and an introduction to the Biotechnology Industry! Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Students must have college biology and chemistry (e.g., BIO 181 or BIO 156, and CHEM 151 or CHEM 130). This course transfers as elective credit to ASU, NAU, and UA.

Bio 206 is a vocational course targeted for individuals pursuing or reigniting a career in laboratory science or current job holders seeking professional development. It is part of PCC’s Biotechnology Certificate program.

  • Plus for high school teachers: excellent for individuals who have already implemented biotechnology into their courses and want a more detailed knowledge of recombinant DNA technology.
  • Plus for high school students: JTED will pay course registrations and for course materials. High School students who register for BIO 206 should have completed AP Biology and AP Chemistry.
  • Financial aide based on need available from Job Path for students in Biotechnology Certificate Program.

Instructors: Lisa Werner, PhD and Marianna Pinter PhD. Dr. Werner earned her PhD in Molecular Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona and has been teaching biology and biotechnology at PCC since 2000. She has also taught at the Open University and the University of Cambridge in the UK. Dr. Pinter has extensive research experience in the departments of Neurobiology and Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona, and brings in special expertise in quantitative PCR.

For PCC registration information, click here and click on “Getting Started.” For more information on BIO 135 or BIO 207, contact Dr. Lisa Werner via e-mail.