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BIOL 201 - Cellular and Molecular Biology
This course will address the fundamental concepts of Cellular and Molecular Biology. Lectures, assignments, and laboratory projects will explore the structure and function of molecules, organelles, and cells and the biological processes they are involved in. Students in this course will gain an understanding of various molecular mechanisms, structure/function relationships, and cellular processes as they relate to cellular and molecular biology. Students in this course will practice and carry out common laboratory techniques used by Cellular and Molecular Biologists including, recombinant DNA technology, cell trafficking, and cloning techniques.

BIOL 401 - Biological Separations: Principles and Practices
This is a laboratory-based course that teaches classic concepts and techniques to enable the use of these techniques to purify small molecules and macromolecules from whole organisms. Detection techniques will include the use of bacterial biosensors, coomassie-blue staining, silver staining, and immunoblot analysis. Separation techniques will include SDS Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) analysis, thin layer chromatography, and paper electrophoresis. Purification techniques will include ammonium sulfate precipitation, affinity chromatography, and thin layer chromatography.
BIOL 403 - Fundamentals of Plant Biochemistry and Pathology
This course is primarily focused on biochemical and pathological aspects of plants. This course explores protein catalysts and why they are important in the field of plant biochemistry and pathology. More specifically, the role enzymes play in the basic cellular processes of plant growth and development will be discussed. Topics related to plant pathology are presented such as; plant disease epidemics, diagnosis of plant diseases, plant diseases caused by fungi, bacteria, nematodes, viruses. In addition, topics related to plant-pathogen interactions at the ecological, physiological and genetic levels will be discussed.

BIOL 340 - Genomics
This course introduces students to the analysis of complex genomes. Emphasis is placed on genetic information derived from the human genome project in conjunction with the genomes from other model organisms. Lectures cover scientific techniques used to map and sequence the human genome, as well as strategies for the annotation and identification of genes invovled in diseases or those that are biotechnologically important facilitated by traditional lectures and peer-reviewed scientific articles. The laboratory is inquiry/project based and utilizes next generation DNA sequencing to demonstrate the acquisition and annotation of whole genomes.

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