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

Mini-Courses — Fall 2019


Course Title
BIOS 204 Practical Tutorial on the Modeling of Signal Transduction Motifs
BIOS 221 Modern Statistics for Modern Biology (STATS 366)
BIOS 254 DataLucence::Images
BIOS 274 Introductory Python Programming for Genomics
BIOS 277 Prions in Health & Disease
BIOS 284 Diversifying Graduate Admissions
BIOS 285 Rodent Animal Models: Selection, Detection, Dissection, Inspection
BIOS 286 Single Cell Immunogenomics
BIOS 287 Proteostatis: guarding the proteome in health and disease
BIOS 294 Chemistry for Biologist and Others

Mini-Courses — Winter 2020

Course Title
BIOS 201 Next Generation Sequencing and Applications
BIOS 265 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning in Biology
BIOS 270 Planetary Health: Socioeconomic & Ecological Links Between Human Health & Earth’s Natural Ecosystems
BIOS 280 Apico-basolateral Epithelial Cell Polarity
BIOS 288 Quantitative methods in marine conservation and ocean science

Mini-Courses — Spring 2020

Course Title
BIOS 225 Diversity and Inclusion in Science
BIOS 256 Sculptural Data Illustrations
BIOS 268 Biology and Applications of CRISPR/Cas9: Genome Editing and Epigenome Modifications (GENE 268)

Mini-Courses — Summer 2020

Course Title
BIOS 257 HIV: The Virus, the Disease, the Research
BIOS 283 Dendritic Cells and Other Myeloid Cells: function and analytical tools
BIOS 292 Preparation & Practice: Science Communication & Media