Jo Wu at Fullerton College
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Jo Wen Wu, Ph.D.,  Professor of BiologyJo Wu photo


Specific Courses: Bio 100 | | Bio 109 | Bio 191 | Bio 272 

Links: Amgen Biotech Experience | FC BiotechOC Biotech Education | Request Letter | Science Club | Email Dr.Wu

Contact Information

Division of Natural Sciences, 321 East Chapman Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832-2095.
Telehone: (714) 992-7459   Email: jwu@fullcoll.edu.   Office: 411-11 (Science building 400)

Jo Wu serves as:

  • Coordinator of the Amgen Biotechnology Experience for Orange County and Riverside County High Schools. Please email <amgenbwoc@gmail.com> to get involved in the teacher workshops, student media prep workshops, or loan of the equipment for the 3-week lab curriculum.  Visit ABE national website.
  • Past Director of the Orange County Biotechnology Education Partnership.  Plans include biotechnology skills weekend workshops for students and teachers, week-long summer camps for junior high, senior high students and college students.  Information and online registration are at http://ocbiotecheducation.org
    • Biotech Skills workshops for high school and college:  new dates will be announced in September 2019.
    • Past Summer Science Camps for high school and junior high:  Biotechnology, Forensic Sciences, Medical Explorations, Genetics, Microbiology, Cosmetic Chemistry, Food Science.
    • There will be NO summer camps in 2019.
  • Director of the Science Weekend Investigations and Field Testing (SWIFT) Research Projects:
    • Past Projects:  Search for new Anti-microbial Agents, Forensic Sciences Project, Algae Culturing Project, Zooplankton Identification Workshop, DNA Barcoding Project, Microbiology Project
  • Past Advisor of the FC Science Club. Email scienceclubfc@gmail.com to be placed on the club email list. See website at http://scienceclubfc.wordpress.com/Contact Current Faculty Advisor Dr. Laura Lazarus (llazarus@fullcoll.edu)
  • Past Coordinator of the Science Peer Assistants for Learning (paid and unpaid tutors). Current Faculty Coordinator is Dr. Ben Crowell.  See current tutoring schedule. 

Courses Often Taught by Jo Wu

BIOL 100: Principles of Biology.   This course is an introductory nonmajors course that will 1) emphasize the fundamental understanding of basic biological principles, 2) illustrate the structure and function of living organisms and their relationship to the physical world, and 3) develop the student’s ability to make effective decisions regarding contemporary issues in natural sciences. Topics include 1) the structure and function of life at the cellular and organismic levels, 2) metabolism, photosynthesis and energetics, 3) cell division and animal development, 4) classical and molecular genetics, 5) biotechnical development and applications, 6) evolution and adaptations of living organisms, and 7) ecological relationship and environmental conservation. (CSU) (UC Credit Limitation: BIOL 100 F and 101 F combined: maximum credit one course; no UC credit if taken after BIOL 170 F or a 200-level biology course) (Degree Credit) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC


BIOL 101: General Biology.
  This integrated lecture-laboratory course is an introductory non-majors course that will 1) emphasize the fundamental understanding of basic biological principles, 2) illustrate the structure and function of living organisms and their relationship to the physical world, and 3) develop the student's ability to make effective decisions regarding contemporary issues in natural sciences. Lecture topics include 1) the structure and function of life at the cellular and organismic levels, 2) metabolism, photosynthesis and energetics, 3) cell division and animal development 4) classical and molecular genetics, 5) biotechnical development and applications, 6) evolution and adaptations of living organisms, and 7) ecological relationships and environmental conservation. Non-majors course. 5 semester units.
Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.(UC/CSU) (Degree Credit)

BIOL 109: Genetics and Biotechnology in Society. This introductory survey course will cover the basic concepts of heredity and current advances in biotechnology - such as cloning, recombinant DNA technology, DNA fingerprinting and gene therapy. This course will emphasize the applications, social consequences and ethical implications of biotechnology in medicine and agriculture. Non-majors course. 3 lecture semester units. Online section always and occasionally on-campus section.(Degree Credit) (CSU, UC)

BIOL 109L: Biotechnology Lab Techniques.  Learn skills and gain experience with tools of the molecular biology laboratory. Learn lab safety, sterile technique, solution preparation, record-keeping, proper use of instruments, bacterial culture, recombinant DNA cloning, protein purification, and applications on the computer. Class emphasizes practical hands-on experience and an understanding of the basic principles behind the technologies.  Six hour lab per week. Hybrid course format will require both online and on-campus work.(Note: BIOL 109 is not required to take this course) (CSU) (Degree Credit) 


BIOL 191: Biotechnology A: Basic Laboratory Skills.  This course provides an introduction to the fundamental skills necessary for any biotechnology laboratory. Skills include maintenance of an industry standard notebook; preparation and sterilization of solutions, reagents, and media; utilization of good aseptic technique, proper use and maintenance of laboratory equipment, adherence to quality control protocols, and laboratory safety regulations. Compliance with industry standards and regulations will be incorporated into course procedures.


BIOL 272: Cellular and Molecular Biology
lectures and laboratories are designed to l) develop a strong foundation in biological facts, concepts, and theoretical models, 2) extend the student's ability to solve scientific problems through data collection and analysis, and 3) provide training in a variety of laboratory techniques and instrumentation used in modern biology. Discussion topics which are supported by laboratory experiences include (a) the molecular basis of life, (b) basic genetic mechanisms of DNA replication, repair, transcription, translation, (c) regulation of gene expression, (d) structural/functional organization of the cell, (e) cell growth/division and development, and (f) immunology. Prerequisite: BIOL 170 Organismal Biology and Chemistry 111A with a grade of "C" or better
Designed for Biological Sciences majors in transfer programs. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. 4 semester units. (CSU) (UC) (Degree credit) AA GE, CSU GE, IGETC

BIOL 276: Genetics and Evolution This course is a comprehensive survey of the processes and products of genetics. Through a review of experimental evidence, students evaluate the basic tenets of molecular, transmission and population genetics, and use the science of genetics to appraise the relationship of genetics to the processes and products of microevolution and macroevolution. The philosophy and methods of science, as well as the theory of evolutionary thought are integrated throughout.  Prerequisite: CHEM 111A General Chemistry and either BIOL 170 Organismal Biology, 272 Cell and Molecular Biology or 274 General Ecology

BIOL 299: Biological Science Independent Study. Lab and/or field investigations with the guidance of members of the Life Sciences faculty. Hours to be arranged. Primarily for majors in Life Sciences who wish to increase their knowledge of the sciences through individual study and small group conferences. Independent lab research problems with staff supervision may be approved. Outside reading and written report required. Elective credit in the sciences area. Course may be taken three times for credit. (CSU) (UC review required.) (Degree Credit).  Prerequisite:A 200-level course in the Biological Sciences Division with a grade of B or better.

HED 197: Health Education Internship.
Professionals from the biological sciences and allied health fields will be invited for informative discussions and to answer questions in their field. Students will be assisted in selecting an area of career interest within the biological, allied health and related science fields, and will be directed to locations that will be willing to provide internships. Students will gain experience in their selected areas of interest by working in a hands on environment. (CSU) (Degree Credit)


Internship in Environmental Sciences at Newport Bay is currently NOT available.

Awards:
  • 2019 ACTE Region V Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year (Western USA)
  • 2019 California Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year from Association of Career and Technical Education
  • 2017 California Hayward Education Award
  • 2017 Orange County Science Fair Educator of the Year
  • 2016 Fullerton College Teacher of the Year
  • 2013 Fullerton College Club Advisor of the Year
  • 2013 Fullerton College Teacher of the Year