Principles of Biology I: Cell Biology and Molecular Basis of Heredity|
|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.
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CHEM)(E&ES)(INFO-MN)(MB&B)(NS&B)(SISP)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, Karen Hopkin, Alexander Johnson, Julia Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts and Peter Walter, ESSENTIAL CELL BIOLOGY, 3rd ed.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Problem sets and three exams.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
MB&B/BIOL181 is the lecture portion of introductory biology. The corresponding lab (BIOL/MB&B191) will not be offered in the summer. Students planning to major in Biology or Molecular Biology and Biochemistry should enroll in the corresponding lab during the regular school year. It is recommended that students, especially those intending to major in the life sciences, should have taken chemistry, or should be taking it concurrently.
|Instructor(s): Murolo,Michelle Aaron Times: .MTWRF. 11:00AM-12:40PM; Location: SCIE141; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 20||SR major: 0||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 17||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 4||SO: 4||FR: 4|
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