Mini-Courses Overview

These intensive, one to three week, interdisciplinary courses taught by faculty, postdocs, and students allow participants to enhance their education without requiring a full quarter’s commitment. Mini Courses address topics of high visibility and interest to the Biosciences community and utilize innovative approaches to learning, teaching, and research. In particular, Mini Courses provide opportunities to develop a broad range of scientific and professional skills, to engage in rigorous and responsible research, to promote diversity & inclusion, and to enhance career preparation.

Graduate students should enroll for Mini Courses by the deadlines on the University Academic Calendar. To add or drop mini-courses after the quarterly deadline, or to petition to adjust research units, first discuss with your PI and your Student Services Administrator (SSA). Then complete the Petition to Change Course Enrollment (Graduate Students). For other eligibility and tuition questions please contact your SSA. International Students should also check with Bechtel International Center regarding any changes to course enrollment.

Mini-Course Registration Instructions

Note for postdocs regarding Mini Courses: Postdocs are invited to express interest in attending mini-courses each quarter. Because space is limited, submitting an interest form does not guarantee your participation. You will receive a separate confirmation email if you have been admitted to a mini-course. There are no fees to take these courses, and postdocs do not receive units of credit or certificates of participation.For more information, visit the Mini-Course FAQ

Teaching a Mini-Course

Students can also go on to teach their own Mini Course if they get a Faculty member to be the Course Director. To learn more about this opportunity at  Faculty Mini Course Info

Mini-Courses — Winter 2021

Course Title
BIOS 227 Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics: Opening the Black Box
BIOS 265 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning in Biology
BIOS 267 Proteomics, Protein Interaction Maps, and Systems Biology
BIOS 276 Drug Discovery in Neuroscience
BIOS 281 Career Explorations Opportunities: Transitioning to your Career Choice
BIOS 282 Clarifying Career Choices: Your Self-Reflective Research Project
BIOS 289 Preparation & Practice: Finance of Biotechnology

Mini-Courses — Spring 2021


Course Title
BIOS 225 Diversity and Inclusion in Science
BIOS 236 Developmental Biology in the Ocean: Comparative Embryology and Larval Development
BIOS 263 Applied Grant-Writing Skills for Fellowships
BIOS 268 Biology and Applications of CRISPR/Cas9: Genome Editing and Epigenome Modifications (GENE 268)
BIOS 285 Rodent Animal Models: Selection, Detection, Dissection, Inspection
BIOS 291 Preparation & Practice: Management & Consulting
BIOS 293 Preparation & Practice: Science Policy
BIOS 296 Preparation & Practice: Biotechnology Business

Mini-Courses — Summer 2021

Course Title
BIOS 281 Career Explorations Opportunities: Transitioning to your Career Choice
BIOS 283 Dendritic Cells and Other Myeloid Cells: function and analytical tools
BIOS 292 Preparation & Practice: Science Communication & Media