Foundations in Biology – Cell and Molecular Biology

In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of cell biology and molecular biology. Biological organization from macromolecules to membranes to organelles to cells will be examined in the context of structure-function relationships and biological evolution. The storage and flow of genetic information, and transformations of energy and matter in processes such as cellular respiration, will also be explored. Small collaborative research projects will engage students in the scientific process, from the generation of hypotheses to the communication of results to diverse audiences. The importance of understanding cell and molecular biology as the basis for biological research and medicine will be emphasized through use of case studies and primary research articles. This course includes a lab period.

Three hours lecture, three hours lab