Mills College, Oakland, CA 


BIO 033: Genetics: Human Aspects

Our lives are surrounded by genetics: on TV, on the internet, and discussed among our families. We regularly talk, and sometimes vote, about stem cells, the use of DNA in court and the production of recombinant proteins, such as insulin and growth hormones. This class will discuss many of these concepts and increase understanding of the science behind genetic disease; the implications of recombinant DNA genetic engineering; the accessibility of the human genome; and the social, legal, and ethical implications raised by the emerging technologies.

BIO 043: Tropical Marine Conservation

This course will focus on the conservation of tropical marine life, including our coral reefs, and the importance of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). A rare opportunity to participate in travel to Roatan and to Scuba Dive with the Roatan Institute of Marine Sciences (RIMS) is included. Students will learn to apply the scientific method and identify corals, fish and other marine life in the classroom. They will learn about environmental impacts such as ocean acidification and how to more ethnically interact with this valuable ecosystem.

BIO 100: Microbiology

A study of the diversity, genetics, physiology, and ecology of microorganisms, with a particular focus on bacteria and viruses. Emphasis is placed on their growth and reproduction both in natural and artificial environments. Topics include cell structure, mechanisms of energy generation, metabolic regulation, growth and control of microbial growth, viral replication, environmental relationships, microbial diseases, and applied microbiology. The laboratory will focus on aseptic technique, identification, microscopic study of bacteria, and control of microbial growth.

BIO 181: Immunology

A study of the complex set of reactions between the molecules and cells that comprise the immune system. This includes the physical, chemical, and physiological characteristics of the components of this system as well as the malfunctions that can occur (autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, etc.). Lecture and laboratory.


BIO 041N: Microbiology for Nurses

A fundamental background that will be applicable to the care of infectious patients, to the control of microbial diseases and an understanding of microorganisms. Emphasis is placed on microscopy, medical microbiology, epidemiology, biotechnology, growth and control of bacteria and viruses, immune systems, and health aspects of microbiology. The laboratory will focus on aseptic technique, identification, microscopic study of bacteria, control of microbial growth, and diagnostic immunology.

BIO 135: Genetics

This course focuses on current techniques and strategies for working with and studying genes and genomes. The course also discusses what has been learned thus far about genes and genomes, and non-research applications of the techniques and strategies. Within the context of these subjects, the course aims to provide skill development in the areas of experimental design and analysis, reading of scientific literature, and genetics laboratory techniques. Lecture, laboratory, and workshop.