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BIO 228 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

BIO 228 Molecular Biology

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  BIO 228 Molecular Biology

Credit Hours:  4.0             Contact Hours:  6.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  3.0                Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in BIO 103 and BIO 104 or BIO 121 and BIO 122

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: BIO 228 is a study of the fundamental principles that guide cellular and molecular organization and function. Topics include membranes and cell signaling, the cytoskeleton and cell motility, the cell cycle, and regulation of gene expression. Laboratory sessions include the measurement of toxic effects of various chemicals on membrane integrity, practical applications of biotechnology to everyday problems, and the use of recombinant DNA technology to perform an authentic cloning experiment.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. describe the structure, function, and chemistry of cell membranes and explain how these characteristics relate to membrane transport and cell signaling;
  2. describe the structure of the cytoskeleton and explain how the structure relates to cellular movement; and
  3. describe and explain the flow of information in the cell from DNA to RNA and continuing through to protein synthesis.