To understand topics in molecular biology this course focuses primarily on implementing various lab techniques, including bacterial transformation, DNA extraction, restriction enzyme digest, gel electrophoresis, PCR, protein purification, and possibly DNA barcoding. Students investigate topics including DNA and protein structure, DNA replication, Mendelian genetics, GMO’s, plasmid mapping, gene regulation, and protein synthesis. Students learn how these techniques are applied in the fields of forensics, immunology, the food industry, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals. This elective class is a prerequisite for AP and IB Biology courses.

Min-Max Credit Hours: 1.0-1.0