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

MB&B 181
Fall 2011
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 and the concept of the gene. The first half of the course will focus on the DNA molecule as the genetic material, and the "central dogma" of molecular biology describing the process of information transfer from the genetic code to protein synthesis and function. Topics include DNA replication, DNA mutation and repair, chromosome dynamics, RNA transcription and transcriptional regulation, protein translation, protein structure, posttranslational regulation of protein function, signal transduction and the molecular basis of cellular behavior. The second half of the course will focus on cell theory 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. 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)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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