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Life Sciences 

In partnership with Boz Institute, we will offer a unique science research learning experience. Our programs will involve field work, fundamental molecular biology topics, modern laboratory techniques, and relevant bioinformatics and statistical applications. Learn to synthesize life science fundamentals, review literature, formulate hypotheses and design experiments, collect and process samples, execute experiments, analyze data, and showcase your work through poster presentations attended by local scientists and industry leaders.

Application for Fall 2023 coming soon. Some courses are either hybrid or online, as a result of COVID-19. Hybrid courses are commuter-based. Housing and transportation is not provided. 

FALL 2023 - Introduction to Bioinformatics - ONLINE

Online Course:
Dates:  October 2nd, 2023 – December 6th, 2023 (Click here to apply)
Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th - 12th grade
Tuition: $2,000

Mondays and Wednesdays (4:30pm - 6:30pm PST)
Synchronous online teaching
4 hours of work required outside of online lecture

This course introduces the theory and practical applications of bioinformatics to genes and proteins.  The lecture/computer lab format is structured on bioinformatics primary scientific literature and utility of custom data sets emphasizing recent developments and analytical applications in genomics and proteomics. Course topics, supplemented by relevant biostatistical concepts and applications, include genomic and biomolecular bioinformatics resources and databases, advances in sequencing technologies, genome and structural informatics, phylogenetics and transcriptomics. Computational tools (using R programming language) and applications promoting best analytical practices will be emphasized.

Course Requirements / Eligibility: There is no textbook for this course. A familiarity with basic biological concepts is essential. No formal programming training or advanced mathematical skills are required. Students must have their own computers to access class material and utilize free bioinformatics software and data resources.  All course materials (lectures, computer labs, videos, science manuscript .pdf files and data sets, etc.) will be accessible via Canvas course website.  Students will also present a pre-approved bioinformatics topic of their choice during the last week of the course.

Schedule: This is a 10-weeks synchronous online course, meeting twice weekly for 1h lecture and 2 hours of computer lab. Attendance is mandatory to successfully complete the course. All lecture and lab sessions will be recorded and made available asynchronously for review.


Course is available for 4 pre-college units. 

FALL 2023 - Metagenomics - HYBRID

Hybrid Course:
Dates:  October 3rd, 2023 – December 7th, 2023 (Click here to apply)
Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th - 12th grade
Tuition: $3,000

Tuesdays (4:30pm - 6:30pm PST); Synchronous online teaching
Thursdays (4:30pm - 6:30pm PST); In-person class meeting at the lab (San Diego Science Center. See location below)

4-6 hours of work required outside of lecture


Boz Life Science Research and Teaching Institute
San Diego Science Center
3030 Bunker Hill Street, Suite 102
San Diego, CA 92109-5757


This 10-weeks hybrid course that meets twice per week – once virtually, and once in-person (lab), introduces students to metagenomics of female and male fruit flies exposed to environmental stressors relevant to pollution and climate change. Such stressors, such as exposure to polluted air consisting of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) can induce physiological changes in organisms, altering lifespan, immunity, and metabolism. These alterations that shape environmental responses can span across generations and persist after the stress is removed. Stress-induced gene regulation changes may be temporal / physiologic or heritable / permanent and affected by changes in gut microbiome due to environmental exposures.  As females and males have notable variations in their sensitivities to stressors, the sex-specific phenotypic differencewill be quantified and compared. Metagenomic whole-body composition, which may influence how individuals and populations cope with environmental stress will be quantified; metagenomic composition of fly bodies will be analyzed for the evidence of how individuals and populations cope with environmental stress.

This course will incorporate multiple research methods, including DNA extraction and quantification, metagenomic sequencing using nanopore technology, and behavioral assays. Students will work in small teams in the lab to discuss theoretical concepts and primary scientific literature, design experiments, perform research, analyze the data, and prepare scientific report. The course will conclude with a formal science seminar during which the students will present their work in person to a selected audience.


Course is available for 4 pre-college units. 

Other Program Information

Life Sciences Application

Students can access the application from the "Apply Now" tab here

Life Sciences Acceptance

Students will be notified of acceptance within 10 days of submitting their application until the program is full.

Life Sciences Cancellation/Refund Policies


Cancellation or withdrawal for any reason 2 weeks prior to the course start date.

Refunds for cancellation or withdrawal after the 2 weeks deadline be issued for serious illness (doctor's certificate is required) or extenuating circumstances only. Tuition is not refunded for students who are dismissed from the program.



All refund requests must be made in writing to Maysoon Dong, Sr. Program Manager, UCSD Pre-College Programs at: You will receive a confirmation of your request. Refunds will take approximately 4-6 weeks to process. Refunds are issued in the same method of payment (check or charge) of payment to UC San Diego Academic Connections.

COVID Policies - Hybrid Courses

  • Masking on campus is optional. For latest updates on our policies, please click here.  
  • If you are experiencing or have had COVID-19 symptoms within the past 14 days, please stay at home.
  • If you believe that you have been in recent contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please stay at home.