2020 Biomolecular Engineering Summer Courses


    Bioethics in the 21st Century: Science, Business, and Society (5 credits)

  • BME 80G

    Session 2

    Serves science and non-science majors interested in bioethics. Guest speakers and instructors lead discussions of major ethical questions having arisen from research in genetics, medicine, and industries supported by this knowledge. (Also offered as Philosophy 80G. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.) (General Education Code(s): PE-T.) 

    Proposed Instructor - Sandra Dreisbach

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  • Technical Writing for Biomolecular Engineers (5 credits)

  • BME 185

    Session 1

    Writing by biomolecular engineers, not to general audiences, but to engineers, engineering managers, and technical writers. Exercises include job application and resume, library puzzle, graphics, laboratory protocols, document specification, progress report, survey article or research proposal, poster, and oral presentation.

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; previous or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 20L or BIOL 101L. Enrollment restricted to junior and senior biomolecular engineering, bioengineering, and bioinformatics majors.

    Proposed Instructor - Joy Hagen

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  • Synthetic Biology - Mentored Research B (5 credits)

  • BME 188B

    Session 1

    The second course in the two-quarter series in synthetic biology research. It continues the collaborative research endeavor that began in course 188A. Multiple oral/written presentations are required, including a formal conference presentation. Prerequisite(s): course 188A. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors. Enrollment is by instructor permission.

    Proposed Instructor - David Bernick

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  • Synthetic Biology - Mentored Research C (5 credits)

  • BME 188C

    Session 2

    Third of three courses in a 12-credit collaborative research project available to students in physical sciences, and biomolecular engineering intended to satisfy the capstone requirement. Students in this course sequence may be participating in the annual IGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) competition. Course includes training in specific skills relevant to the specific sub-team and overall project, including lab-specific training (pcr, DNA electrophoresis, gel documentation, standard reagent prep, lab safety, lab equipment, project specifics). 

    Prerequisite(s): BME 188B. Enrollment is restricted to juniors and seniors. Enrollment is by instructor permission. 

    Proposed Instructor - David Bernick

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