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Principles and Mechanisms of Cell Biology

BIOL 212
Spring 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: MB&B 212
Course Cluster and Certificates: Integrated Design, Engineering & Applied Science Minor

The cell is the smallest structural and functional unit of an organism. The primary goal of this course is to understand the structure, organization, regulation and behavior of cells, because with this perspective one can begin to ask complex questions including: why does mutating a protein cause a cell to malfunction and how does this cause tissue malfunction or disease? We will examine the cell mainly in the context of the multicellular organism--where cells respond to as well as regulate their local environment. Hence, this course provides students with a firm foundation in cell biology as we examine eukaryotic cell structure, organelle function, cell adhesion and motility, signal transduction and cell differentiation, cell survival and apoptosis, and consider how these mechanisms integrate to generate coherent cell behaviors. Published research will be discussed throughout the course in order to build students' understanding of research in cell biology. Lectures, assignments and assessments include opportunities for students to develop a broad and deep knowledge of cell biology, gain understanding of the scientific process of inquiry, experimentation and interpretation, and develop skill in analytical and critical thinking and scientific writing.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM MB&B
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: MB&B181 OR BIOL181 OR BIOL181Z
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CIS)(IDEA-MN)(IDEA-Biomedical)(INFO-MN)(MB&B)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on JUN-16-2024
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