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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 now available for Fall 2022. 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 2022 - Introduction to Bioinformatics - ONLINE

Online Course:
Dates: September 26th, 2022 - November 30th, 2022 (Click here to apply)
Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th - 12th grade
Prerequisites: Statistics preferred but not required.
Tuition: $2,000
Schedule: 

Mondays and Wednesdays (4:00pm - 6:00pm PST)
Synchronous online teaching
4 hours of work required outside of online lecture
Introduction to Bioinformatics

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 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 2022 - Biostatistics and Bioinformatics - ONLINE

Dates: September 27th, 2022 - December 1st, 2022 (Click here to apply)
Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th - 12th grade
Prerequisites: Statistics preferred but not required.
Tuition: $2,000
Schedule: 

Tuesdays and Thursdays (4:00pm - 6:00pm PST)
Synchronous online teaching
4 hours of work required outside of online lecture

 

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

This course utilizes several environmental science case studies / data sets to introduce students to experimental design, descriptive statistics, biostatistics fundamentals, management of a large gene expression data set, multivariate analysis, and basics bioinformatics concepts and databases.  Data sets are derived from peer-reviewed published literature focused on air pollution. Concepts covered during the first part of the course cover experimental design, biological and technical replicates and statistical power, central limit theorem and Bayes rules / theorem, 1-way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) and pairwise comparison t-test.  Second part of the course focuses on differential gene expression workflow, data normalization, ANOVA and Mixed-model Analysis of Variance (MANOVA), principal component analysis (PCA), and introduction to Bioinformatics databases (GenBank, UCSC genome browser, David Bioinformatics, STRING) utilizing DNA sequence alignments, gene finding, and differential gene expression analysis. Most of the data during the course will be analyzed using “R”.

Course is available for 4 pre-college units. 

FALL 2022 - Biodiversity and Molecular Genetics - HYBRID

Hybrid Course:
Dates: September 27th, 2022 - December 1st, 2022 (Click here to apply)
Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th - 12th grade
Tuition: $3,000
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays

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

Location: 

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

 

Biodiversity and Molecular Genetics 

Which genetic differences underline awesome diversity of animals? What is genetically shared and what is unique among evolutionary distant animals? How closely related are you to them?  In this research-immersion course you will explore and analyze various organisms to better understand and appreciate biodiversity on anatomical, morphological, and genetic levels, tracing back animals’ evolutionary connections.  You will apply evolutionary and molecular biology concepts, extract DNA from multiple species (sea urchins, abalone, worms, insects, fish, and yourself …), sequence genes critical for metabolism and adaptation, calculate mutation rates, and infer evolutionary distance between animals. This course is a mix of evolutionary biology, standard and advanced molecular biology / gene sequencing techniques, and bioinformatics analysis. Part of the course complements the ongoing research project in partnership with National Park Service, which utilizes environmental DNA (eDNA) methodology to better understand the adaptive mechanisms and responses to environmental stressors of Southern California endangered black abalone population. During the in-person course meeting, students will work in small teams in the lab to discuss concepts and primary scientific literature, design experiments, perform research, analyze the data, and prepare a scientific report. The course will conclude with the formal science seminar during which students will present their research in-person to a selected audience.

Course is available for 3 pre-college units. 

WINTER 2023 - - Introduction to Bioinformatics - ONLINE

Dates: January 9th, 2023 - March 15th, 2023 (Click here to apply)
Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th - 12th grade
Prerequisites: Statistics preferred but not required.
Tuition: $2,000
Schedule: 

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

 

Introduction to Bioinformatics

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. 

WINTER 2023 - Neurobiology and Metagenomics - HYBRID

Hybrid Course:
Dates: January 10th, 2023 - March 16th, 2023 (Click here to apply)
Grade Level: Students must currently be in 10th - 12th grade
Tuition: $3,000
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays

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

Location: 

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

 
Neurobiology and Metagenomics

This 10-weeks hybrid course that meets twice per week – once virtually, and once in-person (lab), introduces students to neurobiology and metagenomics research and gene expression regulation of female and male fruit flies exposed to environmental stressors relevant to pollution and climate change. Such stressors (exposure to polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heat)) 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. The head-specific responses of such stressors are of a particular interest, as the metabolic load of the organ can be indicative of a stress response.  As females and males have notable variations in their sensitivities to stressors, the sex-specific phenotypic differences will be quantified and compared. Sex-specific mechanisms of gene expression and metagenomic whole-body composition, which may influence how individuals and populations cope with environmental stress will be quantified and analyzed. Mechanisms of gene expression in fly heads and 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, such as nucleic acid extractions, shallow RNA sequencing, nanopore metagenomics sequencing, 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 POLICY

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.

 

HOW TO REQUEST A REFUND

All refund requests must be made in writing to Maysoon Dong, Sr. Program Manager, UCSD Pre-College Programs at: precollege@ucsd.edu. 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

For our students attending in-person programs, please keep in mind that all students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (or submit an exemption) two weeks before arriving on campus for work or classes, per University of California policy. Public health is a collective effort. The UC San Diego community is expected to follow campus safety requirements to help prevent infection. These include masking indoors, daily symptom and exposure screening, testing, and vaccination.

To Learn More About UCSD’s Covid Policies and Return to Learn Updates please visit: UCSD Return To Learn

*If UCSD changes their policy on covid, we will shift our in-person courses to online.