Laney College

Biomanufacturing Courses

Biomanufacturing Courses

dh512020_2374Courses are listed below in the recommended order, but many of our courses can be taken in any sequence.

Applied Biomanufacturing Technology Laboratory

Course Number: BIOL 78

Units: 5

Class: 3 hours online lecture; 6 hours hybrid lab

Description: Development, production, recovery and analysis of biotechnology products and standard biotechnological laboratory skills: Lab math, chemistry of buffers, health and safety, metrology, quality control, biological molecules, gene expression, cell structure, molecular biology techniques, laboratory measurements, preparation of solutions, data collection and evaluation, basic separation methods, molecular techniques, and documentation, with emphasis on communication and work readiness skills.

Note: BIOL 78 can be taken in lieu of all the following courses: BIOL 75, BIOL 76. BIOL 78 also meets the Math 208 requirement in the Certificate of Achievement.

Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry (part of Certificate of Proficiency)

Course Number: CHEM 30A

Units: 4

Class: 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab

Description: Fundamental principles of general chemistry: Metric measurements, matter and energy, atomic structure, chemical nomenclature, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, nuclear chemistry, properties of liquids, solids, solutions, acids and bases.

Microbiology (part of Certificate of Achievement)

Course Number: BIOL 3

Units: 5

Class: 4 hours lecture and 3 hours lab

Chemistry 30 or 1A is the prerequisite.  Biology 10 is recommended preparation.

Description: Survey of the various microscopic agents of particular importance to humans: Emphasis on those involved in infectious disease, host defenses against disease, and elements of infection chains and means utilized for breaking the chains.

Biotech Instrumentation: Good Manufacturing Practices and Safe Chemical Handling

Course Number: BIOL 72A

Unit: 1

Class: .5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory (GR)

Acceptable for credit: CSU

Description: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)  for working in the laboratory and in writing and maintaining batch production records.


Biotech Instrumentation: Clean Room

Course Number: BIOL 72B
Unit: 1

Class: .5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory (GR)

Acceptable for credit: CSU

Description: Clean Room gowning: Introduction to clean room gowning, proper sanitation techniques necessary for working the production floor of biomanufacturing companies.


Biotech Instrumentation: PCR

Course Number: BIOL 72C
Unit: 1

Class: .5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory (GR)

Acceptable for credit: CSU

Description: Polymerase Chain Reaction techniques: Molecular mechanisms and underlying biological concepts; applications of PCR in biotechnology and biomanufcturing, types of PCR methods, PCR experimental design, technical issues and troubleshooting.


Biotech Instrumentation: Quality Control

Course Number: BIOL 72D
Unit: 1

Class: .5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory (GR)

Acceptable for credit: CSU

Description: Protein Purification and Quality Control Assays: Common assays used in quality control including protein separation and purification, electrophoresis, column chromatography and Enzyme Linked Immunabsorbant Assay (ELISA) to test products.


Scientific Communication

Course Number: BIOL 74

Units: 3

Class: 3 hour lecture

Description: Scientific communication in biomanufacturing and biotechnology: Analysis and preparation of protocols and standard operating procedures (SOPs) report and present data and experimental conclusions, analysis of articles about scientific research and developments in biotechnology.

  • This course also counts for GE Area 4D Oral and Written Communication


Business and Regulatory Practices

Course Number: BIOL 77

Units: 3

Class: 3 hours lecture

Description: Sound manufacturing procedures and basic business principles: Key concepts for product quality and safety as it moves through a biomanufacturing production pipeline, roles of governmental oversight and regulation during the discovery, development and manufacturing of new products for the biopharmaceutical industry.


Bioreactor Cell Culture and Protein Recovery

Course Number: BIOL 79

Units: 4

Class: 2 hours lecture and 6 hours lab

Description: Biomanufacturing production technician skills: Emphasis on growth and monitoring of fermenters and bioreactors, including cleaning, media preparation, aseptic inoculation, cell harvesting, lysis, protein recovery and purification of proteins using centrifugation, ultrafiltration, and chromotography techniques.


Selected Topics in Biological Sciences
Course Number: BIOL 248GA-MZ
Units: .5-5

Class: 0-5 hours lecture, 0-15 hours laboratory (GR)

Description: See section on Selected Topics.


Occupational Work Experience in Biotechnology

Course Number: COPED 484A or 484B
Units: 1-4

Class: hours to be arranged (GR)

Description: Synthetic Biology is the combination of biology and engineering to build a new generation of products and startups. Students will work in teams to engage in a synthetic biology project and create strains for biomanufacturing, create cell lines, and work with a wide variety of organisms. In the process students will begin to research, read and write lab protocols and report their results in a manner similar to that found at work.