Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology


    Cell and Molecular Biology (5 credits)

  • BIOL 20A

    Session 1

    Introduction to biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics. Prerequisite(s): Chemistry 1A; students with a chemistry AP score of 4 or higher who wish to start their biology coursework prior to completing the Chemistry 1A, may enroll by permission of the instructor. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor:John Tamkun

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  • Biochemistry (5 credits)

  • BIOL 100

    Session 1

    An introduction to biochemistry including biochemical molecules, protein structure and function, membranes, bioenergetics, and regulation of biosynthesis. Provides students with basic essentials of modern biochemistry and the background needed for upper-division biology courses. Students who plan to do advanced work in biochemistry and molecular biology should take the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 100 series directly. Students cannot receive credit for this course after they have completed any two courses from the BIOC 100A, 100B, and 100C sequence. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B; and CHEM 108A or CHEM 8A or 112A. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Jeremy Lee

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  • Molecular Biology Laboratory (2 credits)

  • BIOL 101L-01

    Session 1 

    Laboratory course providing hands-on experience with, and covering conceptual background in, fundamental techniques in molecular biology and biochemistry, including DNA cloning, PCR, restriction digest, gel electrophoresis, protein isolation, protein quantification, protein immunoblot (Western) analysis, and use of online bioinformatics tools. Students are billed a $31 materials fee. Previous or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 101 or BIOC 100A required. Students cannot receive credit for this course and BIOL 102L. Enrollment restricted to BIOC, BIOL, HBIO, MCDB, and NBIO majors and BIOL minors. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Jimmy Shanks

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  • Molecular Biology Laboratory (2 credits)

  • BIOL 101L-02

    Session 1 

    Laboratory course providing hands-on experience with, and covering conceptual background in, fundamental techniques in molecular biology and biochemistry, including DNA cloning, PCR, restriction digest, gel electrophoresis, protein isolation, protein quantification, protein immunoblot (Western) analysis, and use of online bioinformatics tools. Students are billed a $31 materials fee. Previous or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 101 or BIOC 100A required. Students cannot receive credit for this course and BIOL 102L. Enrollment restricted to BIOC, BIOL, HBIO, MCDB, and NBIO majors and BIOL minors. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Jimmy Shanks

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  • Genetics (5 credits)

  • BIOL 105

    Session 1

    Mendelian and molecular genetics; mechanisms of heredity, mutation, recombination, and gene action. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 20A and BIOE 20B. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Rohinton Kamakaka

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  • Yeast Molecular Genetics Laboratory (5 credits)

  • BIOL 109L

    Session 2

    Using budding yeast as an experimental organism, this laboratory provides practical experience in classic and modern molecular biology and in genetic and epigenetic methods, and develops strong scientific communication skills. Topics include mendelian genetics, linkage, gene replacement, chromatin immunoprecipitation and epigenetics. Students are billed a $55 materials fee. Enrollment is restricted to biological sciences and affiliated majors; biology minors. Non-majors enroll by instructor permission. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 100 or BIOC 100A; and BIOL 100K or BIOL 20L or BIOL 101L, and BIOL 105. Satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment limited to 20. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Giulia Gurun

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  • Eukaryotic Molecular Biology Laboratory (5 credits)

  • BIOL 115L

    Session 1

    A laboratory designed to provide students with direct training in basic molecular techniques. Each laboratory is a separate module which together builds to allow cloning, isolation, and identification of a nucleic acid sequence from scratch. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 187L or 287L. Students are billed a $115 materials fee. Restricted to molecular, cell and developmental biology majors and affiliated majors; biology minors; other majors by permission. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 100 or BIOC 100A; and BIOL 20L or BIOL 101L or BIOL 102L; satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition Requirements; and previous or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 101 or 115. Enrollment limited to 20.

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Jimmy Shanks

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  • Human Physiology (5 credits)

  • BIOL 130

    10-Week

    Function, organization, and regulation of the major organ systems of humans, with emphasis on integration among systems. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 131. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Giulia Gurun

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  • Health Sciences Internship (3 credits)

  • BIOL 189

    10-Week 

    Structured off-campus learning experience providing experience and pre-professional mentoring in a variety of health-related settings. Interns are trained and supervised by a professional at their placement and receive academic guidance from their faculty sponsor. Students spend 8 hours per week at their placement, participate in required class meetings on campus, and keep a reflective journal. Enrollment is by application. Students interview with health sciences internship coordinator; applications are due one quarter in advance to the Health Sciences Internship Office. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements; concurrent enrollment in course 189W is required. Enrollment is restricted to human biology majors. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Proposed Instructor: Grant Hartzog

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  • Disciplinary Communication: Human Biology (2 credits)

  • BIOL 189W

    10-Week 

    Writing-intensive course offered in conjunction with the health sciences internship. Weekly class meetings include academic guidance and mentoring as well as discussion of the mechanisms and conventions of academic writing about heath and health care. Students complete multiple writing assignments, culminating in a term paper in the format of a scholarly article. Enrollment is by application. Students interview with the health-sciences internship coordinator; applications are due one quarter in advance to the Health Care Sciences Internship Office. Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Previous or concurrent enrollment in course 189 is required. Enrollment is restricted to human biology majors. 

    Visiting Students - prerequisites are lifted in summer.

    Contact Aaron McPherson if you need to be enrolled in 189/W.

    Proposed Instructor: Grant Hartzog

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