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  • An Extended Education Publication

    Spring 2005






    An Extended Education Publication

    Spring 2005







    What is Biotechnology?

    Its a Networked Future: Staying Aheadof the Next Computer Science Wave


    What is Biotechnology?

    Its a Networked Future: Staying Aheadof the Next Computer Science Wave

    CSUCI Access Catalog 2005.layout 11/30/04 11:04 AM Page 1

  • Each day on my way to work I drive past fields of sweetsmelling strawberries and pungent cilantro. The workersin the fields bending their backs in the even andimpossibly long rows starkly contrast with the emergingmodern university at the end of the road. Like manyinside and outside CSU Channel Islands, I hope thatthese fieldworkers who are so essential to our communitycan profit from our labor, as we benefit from theirs.

    In one small but important way the University is alreadyserving migrant workers, or at least their children, in aspecial Summer College program offered by ExtendedEducation. For the sons and daughters of migrantagricultural workers, getting a quality education canseem like a distant dream because of the familydependence on seasonal or temporary jobs. Perhaps, evena stronger barrier is simply the unfamiliarity with theworld of universities. With the intention of overcomingthese significant obstacles, the University and the OxnardUnion High School District partnered four years ago tobring migrant high school students to the Universityeach summer where they are exposed to college-levelclasses and encouraged to prepare for a future thatincludes higher education. This federally-fundedprogram was created through the work of BarbaraThorpe, Associate Vice President at CSU ChannelIslands, and the Migrant Education program at theOxnard Union High School District. For manyparticipants, Summer College becomes a life-changingexperience as young adults and their families gain a richerunderstanding of the tremendous value of a collegeeducation. The students come out of this course highlymotivated and convinced that higher education is

    something they can really do, comments Lupe Reyes-Castillo, an organizer for the program, as well as a teacherfor Oxnard Union High School Districts migrant program.

    It is powerful to see the impact of learning on students,particularly young ones beginning to understand theirown history. Two years ago we took the Summer Collegestudents on a field trip to the Natural History museumin Exposition Park. Many had never been to see the localmuseums and were excited at the opportunity. In oneroom there was an Aztec exhibit showing artifacts of dailylife including a metate, a milling or grinding stone, oneof the oldest domestic tools. Most of us in Californiahave seen metates made of porous volcanic stone with 3small legs. Reportedly, one of the first sounds to be heardin Aztec homes in the morning was the dull rumble ofthe rolling pin on the stone as maize dough was prepared.From this field trip to the museum during SummerCollege, the picture is frozen in my mind of the group ofstudents crowded around the display case eyeing themetate saying, I have one like that at home! Thesestudents seemed to be saying, I can see myself here!

    As I walk around the campus I often smell the strongcilantro scent in the air and think about the need toconnect to the community as a whole, including the oneright down our entranceway. We are fortunate thatthrough this program we are enjoying a shared successevery summer.

    Gary A. Berg, Ph.D.Dean of Extended Educationgary.berg@csuci.edu

    CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS MISSIONPlacing students at the center of the educational experience,

    California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduateand graduate education that facilitates learning within and across

    disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizesexperiential and service learning, and graduates students

    with multicultural and international perspectives.

    EXTENDED EDUCATION MISSIONExtended Education at CSU Channel Islands extends

    the mission of the university throughout the community by providing access to quality education for

    non-traditional students and local organizations.

    A College Opportunity for Children of Migrant Workers

    Table of Contents


    William Cordeiro, PhD, CSU Channel Islands faculty

    Susan de la Pena, CSU Channel Islands faculty

    Gary Farber, Naval Surface Warfare Center

    Rick Howell, WellPoint

    Frank Huchingson, Extended Education instructor

    Liz King, CSU Channel Islands faculty

    Judy Nash, County of Ventura

    Ashish Vaidya, PhD, CSU Channel Islands faculty

    Bruce West, Amgen

    Rose Whalen, Technicolor

    Bill Wolfe, PhD, CSU Channel Islands faculty (chair)

    FEATURE ARTICLES:4 Whats Biotechnology?6 Its a Networked Future:

    Staying Ahead of the Next Computer Science Wave

    SPECIAL SESSION DEGREES8 Master of Science in Mathematics10 Master Degree in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics12 Master of Science in Computer Science14 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)16 Master of Business Administration (MBA)18 Master Degree in Education (Principals Leadership Program)

    CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS20 Production and Inventory Management Certificate (CPIM)23 PHR/SPHR Certification Exam Preparation Program24 Payroll Professional Learning Series


    DEGREE CREDIT COURSES 26 Online courses27 Open University

    COMMUNITY PROGRAMS28 University chorus29 Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning (for seniors)

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  • As one of the top ten fastest growing industries in America, the biotechnology industry is indeedbooming. There are more than 1450 biotechnologycompanies in the United States, and with more than430, California has the lions share. Industry revenueshave grown from 8 billion in 1992 to 30 billion in 2002, and the total value of publicly tradedbiotechnology companies was 311 billion dollars in late March of 2004. The research and development(R&D) expenditures in the biotechnology industryaccounted for $16.4 billion in 2001, or about 10% of all American industry R&D that year.

    There are currently more than 350 biotechnology drugproducts and vaccines in clinical trials targeting morethan 200 diseases including Alzheimers, heart disease,AIDS, and arthritis. Biotechnology research has resultedin hundreds of diagnostic tests ranging from HIVdetection to home pregnancy kits. Foods such as corn,papaya and soybeans produced with the assistance ofbiotechnology methods are already on the tables ofconsumers. Moreover, environmental biotechnology has led to new approaches to cleaning up hazardouswaste. Criminologists use biotechnology in many of their processes including DNA fingerprinting.

    Biotechnology tools and techniques have opened newavenues for discovering how healthy bodies work andwhat might go wrong when problems arise. Knowingthe molecular basis of health and disease leads toimproved methods for treating and preventing diseases.In human health care, biotechnology products includesquicker and more accurate diagnostic tests, therapeuticswith fewer side effects, medical devices that usebiopolymers rather than man-made medical devices, as well as the ability to replace missing proteins such as insulin or factor VIII (blood clotting protein).Biotechnology permits the use of the human bodysnatural capacity to repair and maintain itself. Tissueengineering allows creation of semi-synthetic tissues and organs in the lab that can be implanted into ahuman being. Stem cell therapy (another biotechnology

    method) could revolutionize approaches for treatingmany of our most deadly and debilitating diseases such as diabetes and Parkinsons.

    While biotechnology has already had a significant impacton the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases,the best is yet to come. The knowledge base providedby bioinformatics (the use of computational techniquesto solve biological problems) will serve as the foundationfor predictive tests of impending diseases, show newways to develop drugs, and lead to new therapies thatare tailored to the specific genetic makeup of the patient.

    The need for a skilled biotechnology workforce is great.The United States biotechnology industry employedclose to 200,000 in 2002, and the life, physical andsocial science occupation as a whole are one of the topfive occupational groups with the highest projectedincrease in employment through the year 2012. Inresponse, California State University Channel Islandshas created a new Master of Science program inBiotechnology and Bioinformatics. The two-yearprogram, which begins in fall 2005, prepares studentsfor rewarding careers in laboratory research, regulationof drug approval, positions in management, andworking for biotechnology law firms. Specific coursesfocus on scientific principles and knowledge underlyingadvances in biotechnology, basic laboratory techniquesin research and development, legal and intellectualproperty issues, and skills and attributes important inbusiness and bioentrepreneurship. An important feature of the CSUCImasters program is thecreation of an externaladvisory board, comprised of industry leaders fromthroughout the region. Boardmembers will offer advice on curriculum, recruitment,internship creation, andmany other issues. They will also ser