What are the most usual laboratory practices and techniques learnt and done in a biology degree? I know it can vary from university to university so Im pretty open in that matter. Can anyone link me a list or something?
It'll vary based on your concentration. In microbiology, laboratory classes basically get your feet wet.
>Intro to Micro Lab
Biochemical identification of microbes
>Micro Lab II
DNA extraction, purification, and quantification
>Food Microbiology Lab
This was basically application of techniques learned in Intro Micro lab to identify foodborne pathogens. The only difference is we used a stomacher to homogenize food samples before spreading on plates.
Honestly, don't stress the molecular techniques. Just make sure you can pipette worth a damn, work a scale, and your aseptic technique is straight. Also, be sure you can do basic lab math. Goddammit, undergrad research volunteers can't calculate anything worth a damn. If you can do those four things, you'll be all set to learn the more nuanced shit you'll learn while working in a lab.
and some other stuff I do on the daily in research but I am microbio and not a general bio
general bio you will probably
sometimes micropipette stuff
cut out paper things and arrange them
>Goddammit, undergrad research volunteers can't calculate anything worth a damn.
This is no joke, my current professor I work for picked me up literally due to the fact I enjoy doing math and stats as a hobby and not a single person in his lab could even do general calculus (all female lab except me, microbio l o l) and I do all the math while teaching them and do my own research
get a good grasp of math/chemistry and you will get far in biology since most people are there because they dont have to do much math
Good lists, nothing really to add for lab sections.
I would say that you'll get your experience working in a lab as an undergrad, so that's really what will carry you (techniques and practices and projects and what not) to the next step.