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Merritt College Bioscience Department offers a complete genomics curriculum to prepare our students for work in the biotechnology industry using the tools of genomics.

Genomics is the study of DNA sequences where we decode the genetic instructions of life. We locate genes and compare the genetic code between organisms; between two individuals or between species.

Students learn practical skills such as safe laboratory practices, professional research practices, utilizing software used in the industry. We teach students to purify DNA, prepare it for sequencing and analyze results using large data sets. In our laboratory we have industry standard laboratory equipment. We teach Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) methods

Career Opportunities:
Laboratory Technician in either a facility that uses any Illumina sequencer or as a laboratory technician in any facility where DNA is analyzed, with special emphasis on high throughput, short read assemblies as well as medical genomics, pathogen analysis and agricultural applications.

Courses Include:
Discuss the new trends of the DNA industry, debate the pros and cons behind these changes and relate this to the future of DNA sequencing, analysis and application. Scientific literature search, bio ethics. Includes guest speakers and on-site tours of genomics institutions and labs.

Demonstrate working knowledge of genomics equipment including PCR, gel electrophoresis, microrobotic instruments, DNA shearing devices and fragment analyzer.

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Prepare samples, operate all relevant devices, interpret data, and trouble shoot problems in the lab.
  • Design and complete an experiment using sequencing, interpret findings and participate in writing a report based on experimental results.
  • Understand the principles of genetic data collection, analysis of sequencing results, combined with data handling (bioinformatics mining using GenBank data).
  • Learn to utilize scientific literature.
  • Record experiments using a lab notebook with a high degree of detail and accuracy.


Introductory Course – BIOSCI 30 – Genomic Theory

Location Genomics Lab 680 Atlantic, Alameda, CA

Units: 4 Class:

Description: Introduction to genetics and genomic technologies: Principles of genetics and data collection (DNA and RNA structure, mitochondrial DNA, nucleic acid replication, protein synthesis, mitosis-meiosis, Mendelian principles, mutation, molecular character alignment, evolution and phylogenetic reconstruction), combined with data handling (bioinformatics mining using GenBank data), and scientific writing; includes guest speakers and on- site tours of genomics institutions and labs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Student demonstrates the use of Laboratory Equipment and Lab Safety Practices
  • Student demonstrates understanding of theory, concepts and use of genetic analysis in the medical Industry
  • Student is able to locate and utilize relevant data bases and scientific literature