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New-course announcements and course features and highlights to keep you in the know!

Take Molecular Biology (BIOL 3015) this summer

This 2-credit course will be offered for the first time this summer 2020.  This course is intended for students majoring in biology who have taken introductory biology and chemistry courses. Biol 3015 will provide a strong foundation in the discipline of molecular biology, and will serve as a prerequisite for upper level courses in CBS.  

Course announcement: Summer 2020

GCD 3485:  Bioinformatic Analysis

Introduction to the Computational Characterization of Genes and Proteins

Bioinformatics is an emerging discipline that integrates molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry and computational biology. It provides the tools that scientists need to make use of the overwhelming quantity of biological data being put on online in recent years. Bioinformatics has revolutionized gene discovery and analysis, and has become an essential component of a molecular biologist’s training. 

New Course Spring 2020: PMB 4131 Prokaryotic Genetics

Consider adding a new course to your spring 2020 load. Prokaryotic Genetics will focus on a molecular understanding of bacteria, archaea and phage covering both classic and modern genetic approaches. Note that the course fulfills Upper Division Elective for BIOC, BIOL, COP, GCD, MICB and PMB majors.

Reminder: Changes to GCD Course Offerings

Last spring the GCD Department announced a few changes to some of their course offerings. This provides students with a variety of course options in both fall and spring semesters. Please note that the following courses, which were previously offered as spring only courses, will now be offered in fall semesters: 

  • GCD 4034: Molecular Genetics and Genomics

  • GCD 4151: Molecular Biology of Cancer

  • GCD 4161: Developmental Biology

A Growing Global Research Footprint

The Nutrient Network continues to expand with new grassland sites internationally and here at home.


In 2019, the Nutrient Network (NutNet) achieved a new milestone — 143 sites on six continents. This summer, more than 40 researchers affiliated with the ecological research network attended the NutNet annual meeting hosted by Ecology, Evolution and Behavior professors Elizabeth Borer and Eric Seabloom. 

New GCD Courses

GCD is offering a couple of new classes in the coming semesters!

SUMMER 2019

GCD 5111: Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy
Fluorescence microscopy is an essential technique to probe the inner workings of cells and tissues. You will learn hands on the inner workings of fluorescent microscopes, how to set up and acquire fluorescent images using microscopes, and how to quantitatively analyze image data using FIJI (ImageJ) software. Undergraduate students require instructor permission for enrollment.