Applied Biology and Chemistry


Spring 2014 quarter

Taught by

organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, biochemistry
biology, genetics, microbiology


One year each of college-level general biology with lab (molecular/cell biology focus) and general chemistry with lab. High school, AP, or IB are not sufficient unless you were awarded college credit in these.

The aim of this program is to apply fundamental knowledge and theories of biology and chemistry to practical, real world situations. The application of biology and chemistry has huge impacts on our society, particularly influencing our economy and quality of life. Cutting edge techniques and processes are continually being developed by biologists and chemists to produce the medicines, chemicals and materials we use daily. Products include pharmaceuticals—from synthetic drugs to gene therapies—used to prevent disease and cure illness; biocompatible materials for use in the medical field; fossil-fuel derived synthetic polymers (plastics, fibers, rubbers, etc.); and modern "green" or "sustainable" materials that include biodegradable polymers. These products are widely used by the general public, as well as in a wide array of industries and professions: agriculture, sports, health-care, law enforcement, the military, automotive, food, etc.

We will focus on the practical applications of modern biology and chemistry, studying both small and large molecules, natural and synthetic. Based significantly in the laboratory, students will learn the theoretical principles and relevant lab and instrumentation techniques needed to synthesize, isolate and analyze small molecules and macromolecules. We will examine small biological molecules as well as organic molecules, moving to important biological macromolecules (DNA, RNA, proteins) and synthetic polymers (plastics, fibers, biodegradable polymers, green materials). Theory and techniques of molecular cloning, protein biochemistry, biocatalysis and transgenics will be emphasized, as well as synthesis and characterization of relevant organic molecules, polymers and green materials. Seminars on technical literature and student presentations will be significant components of the program. We will also discuss the professional biologist's and chemist's relationship with industry, government and universities, and examine employment opportunities for biologists and chemists. Students will be evaluated based on their laboratory techniques, laboratory reports, class presentations and homework assignments.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

biotechnology, biology, chemistry, polymer and material science, health science, education and medicine.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Upper Division Science Credit

All work in this program is upper division. Students who successfully complete the program requirements will be awarded upper division science credits.


Date Revision
November 26th, 2013 Registration for this program requires faculty approval.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 50


Signature Required

Students must fill out an application ( gauging their level of preparation in biology and chemistry.  Applications received by March 6th will be reviewed before registration begins.  All qualified students will get a signature, which will not guarantee registration but will permit students to register if space is available at their registration time.  After March 6th, applications will be reviewed as submitted and qualified students will be accepted until the program fills.  Decisions will be individually emailed to students.  Please contact faculty for more information.

Course Reference Number

So - Sr (16 credits): 30080

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