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 — Fall 2020




Course Title
BIOS 204 Practical Tutorial on the Modeling of Signal Transduction Motifs
BIOS 242 Writing Compelling Fellowships and Career Development Awards
BIOS 277 Prions in Health & Disease
BIOS 294 Chemistry for Biologist and Others
BIOS 297 COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned

Mini-Courses — Winter 2021

Course Title
BIOS 265 Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning in Biology
BIOS 281 Career Explorations Opportunities: Transitioning to your Career Choice
BIOS 282 Clarifying Career Choices: Your Self-Reflective Research Project

Mini-Courses — Spring 2021

Course Title
BIOS 263 Applied Grant-Writing Skills for Fellowships
BIOS 268 Biology and Applications of CRISPR/Cas9: Genome Editing and Epigenome Modifications (GENE 268)
BIOS 291 Preparation & Practice: Management & Consulting

Mini-Courses — Summer 2021

Course Title
BIOS 283 Dendritic Cells and Other Myeloid Cells: function and analytical tools
BIOS 292 Preparation & Practice: Science Communication & Media