IWKS 5540: Synthetic Biology for Innovators
Graduate version of IWKS 3540. Introduces the fundamentals of synthetic biology for those who seek to
use it as tool for innovation. Synthetic biology allows us to engineer new biological systems and redesign
existing biological components by integrating aspects of biotechnology, evolutionary and molecular biology,
systems biology, computer engineering, computational biology, and genetic engineering. Advancement in
technological tools and techniques make this material accessible to motivated individuals from many
disciplines, and no biology background is required. Culminates with a final team project focused on designing
synthetic biology solutions that address human need.
Suggested Background: None. No previous background in biology is required.
Credit hours: 3