Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2023

Course Description

This course serves as an introduction to the science of cellular and molecular biology. It is a prerequisite for several of the upper-level courses in Biology and is part of the Cell and Molecular Biology concentration offered by the Biology department. We will be studying a number of topics in Cell and Molecular Biology. These include cell structure and function, metabolism, cell division, and DNA metabolism. The overall goal of this course is not to overwhelm you with information but to help you to identify unifying themes of biology and for you to make connections between these fields and other areas of biology.

The primary goal of this class is to provide you with a strong foundation in cellular and molecular biology, and for you to develop a robust understanding of the fundamental processes of cellular life. Your responsibility is to be engaged in focused and critical readings of the material, to come to class prepared, and to intently participate in discussions with the instructor and your classmates

Student Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of select key foundations in modern biology (e.g. cell structure and function, energy metabolism, transmission genetics) as one aspect of building scientific literacy.
  2. Engage in the scientific method by observing, asking questions, making predictions, testing ideas, documenting data and communicating thoughts. These are essential skills for thinking and functioning as responsible citizens in a technological world.
  3. Exhibit competency with varied forms of data analysis including organizing, interpreting, drawing conclusions and extrapolating to larger problems and systems.