Molecular & Cellular Biology

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MCB 101 and 102 for HS students

MCB 101 and 102 for HS students


High School Students Today are the Scientists of Tomorrow                               

Thank you to the Marshall Foundation for the generous donation to support 60 scholarships in Tucson area schools. Read more at UANews.  If you would like to apply, see below for details.


MCB 101 and MCB 102 in High School

What are MCB 101 and MCB 102?

MCB 101 and 102 are designed to introduce high school students into the University of Arizona, College of Science. MCB 101 will emphasize biotechnology including careers in biotechnology, history and applications of recombinant DNA technology and the human genome project, and laboratory safety practices. Students are introduced to a variety of techniques used in biotechnology and molecular biology using the equipment necessary in a research or industrial setting. MCB 102 allows students to perfect biotechnology techniques, learn to read research papers, and be exposed to cutting edge research at the University of Arizona. It includes advanced biotechnological techniques, fundamentals of cell biology and genetics, applications of biotechnology, bioethics, and careers in biotechnology. This course offers a unique opportunity to motivated high school students who possess a strong interest in pursuing advanced education in bioscience and biomedical science. Through laboratory activities and field-based research, students will conduct independent research in an active laboratory, and learn to communicate. The novel scientific research will be presented at the Southern Arizona Region Science Fair (SARSEF).

Techniques learned in MCB 101/MCB 102

Students are expected to develop skills in Pipetting, Solution Preparation, Serial Dilutions, Standard Curve, Spectrophotometry, Bacterial Transformation, DNA and Protein Gel Electrophoresis, Sterile Technique, Microbiology, PCR, BLAST, DNA Sequence Alignment, Protein Purification, Western Blot, ELISA and Enzyme Activity. In addition students will learn to read research papers and learn to communicate their own research, conduct novel scientific research and present their researchat the Southern Arizona Region Science Fair (SARSEF).    

How Do Students Enroll?

Students from participating high schools are allowed to enroll as a University of Arizona, non-degree seeking student. Online application will be submitted through admissions during the students' classes.  Registration will happen in December and January and will collect the information necessary to enroll in either MCB 101 and MCB 102. Please note that tuition billed for MCB 101 and 102 has been reduced by 80% of the normal university tuition. MCB 101 and 102 are concurrent high school courses and therefore high school credit will be granted as well.

Where Will MCB 101 and MCB 102 be Taught and by Whom?

MCB 101 and MCB 102 are taught on high school campuses in both Tucson and Phoenix, by a certified teacher with extensive experience in laboratory sciences. MCB 101 and 102 teachers are Career and Technology Education (CTE) certified, and have received additional training through the UA’s BIOTECH Project. Participating Tucson high schools and teachers are listed in the table below.

High School Teacher Location
Flowing Wells Jessica Dietrich Tucson
Flowing Wells Ashley Hayes Tucson
Mountain View Lynne Cote Marana
Canyon Del Oro Dr. Carolyn Zeiher Tucson
Tucson Magnet Dr. Margaret Wilch Tucson
Tucson Magnet Jeremy Jonas Tucson
Pueblo Magnet Dr. Andrew Lettes Tucson
Pueblo Magnet Elaine Straub Tucson
Sunnyside Steven Ueyda Tucson
Andrada Polytechnic Anne Turner Vail
Marana Michelle Livingston Marana
Salpointe Dr. Rick Heupel Tucson

Participating Phoenix high schools and teachers are listed in the table below.

High School Teacher Location
Mesa Amanda Cherry Mesa
Mountain View Allison McCaw Mesa
Mountain View Randall Kirby Mesa
Red Mountain Katy Gazda Mesa
Basha Miranda Thornton Chandler
Paradise Valley Marni Landry Phoenix
Paradise Valley Michelle Landreville Phoenix
McClintock Brittany Burchard Tempe
Tempe Gwendolyn Reynolds Tempe
Marcos de Niza Taylor Miller Tempe
Desert Vista Jeremy Williams Tempe
Saguaro Susan Lindberg Scottsdale