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Principles of Biology I: Cell Biology and Molecular Basis of Heredity

MB&B 181
Fall 2010
Section: 01   02   03   04   05  
Crosslisting: BIOL 181
Certificates: Informatics and Modeling

This course presents an entrance-level exploration of the contemporary view of the cell and an introduction to the molecules and mechanisms of genetics. The course will begin with a general introduction to the principles of biology, cell theory, and the concept of the gene. Cellular functions will be discussed in terms of the structural organization of cells, the cellular organelles, and the underlying molecular mechanisms of cellular activities. Topics will include membrane dynamics, energetics, the cytoskeleton, cell motility, the cell cycle, mitosis, meiosis, and nuclear and chromosome structure. The second part of the course will focus in particular on the DNA molecule as the genetic material and will describe the process of information transfer from the genetic code to protein synthesis. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems will be used to demonstrate the concepts of gene mutation and gene regulation. To demonstrate the scientific process, lectures will stress the experimental basis for the conclusions presented.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Quantitative Reasoning
Students will interpret various forms of experimental data in order to infer biological meaning.

Students will analyze experimental data that is quantitative in nature, as well as apply statistical approaches, in order to understand important scientific advances in biology.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM MB&B
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CHEM)(E&ES)(INFO-MN)(MB&B)(NS&B)(SISP)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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