Molecular Regulation in Biological Systems (BIOL 3111)

A logical progression from BIOL 2101, this course describes, in additional detail, the processes of transcription and translation, processes critical to the central dogma of modern biology, in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Subsequently, a variety of different mechanisms that regulate gene expression through modulation of transcription and/or translation, and/or through the modification of relevant DNA, RNA and protein structures are considered.

Introduction to Gene Manipulation (BIOL 3121)

Have you ever wondered how DNA is cloned, how DNA is sequenced, or how genetically modified plants and animals are produced? No, we won’t be producing them in the lab! Building on an understanding of DNA and RNA structure and practical lab experience obtained in BIOL 2101, this course considers these topics and more at an introductory level.  Students will be exposed to a variety of techniques, in both lecture and lab, including the use of restriction endonucleases, gel electrophoresis, DNA hybridization/ blotting, and the polymerase chain reaction.

Advanced Topics in Gene Manipulation and Biotechnology (BIOL 4121)

Have you ever wondered how scientists were able to manipulate bacteria to produce insulin and other eukaryotic proteins? Or whether a DNA profile is really generated as easily as it is depicted on CSI? If so, then this course, a logical progression from BIOL 3121, may be for you. This course discusses these topics and more at a more advanced level than BIOL 3121. In addition, students who have specific interests in this area of Biology may pursue these interests either through the completion of an essay or by suggesting a topic for inclusion in lecture- about 25% of lectures are available for topics suggested by students. This class is an excellent choice for those students who would like pursue careers in molecular biology and forensics.