Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2023

Course Description

This introductory course integrates the major concepts of Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics.

  • cellular structure and function,
  • macromolecules of cells,
  • bioenergetics,
  • cell communication/signaling,
  • central dogma of molecular biology,
  • cell cycle and cell differentiation,
  • Mendelian Genetics

These topics are discussed at a basic level. The connections between concepts and theories are emphasized. In the accompanying laboratories will use tools used in cellular and molecular biology experiments.

Student Outcomes

At the end of this course students should be able to

  1. Construct a graph from quantitative data and make conclusions from the data.
  2. List and explain the steps of the scientific method and construct a properly controlled experiment.
  3. Explain how genetic material is inherited from generation to generation and the flow of genetic information within cells.
  4. Describe the flow of energy in cellular metabolism.
  5. Distinguish between mechanisms of biochemical communication of intracellular and extracellular interactions.
  6. Describe the connection between structure and function in biological systems.