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 section 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.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM MB&B Grading Mode: Graded
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