Fall 2010

Molecules, Genes and Cells

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-19


Dominic L. Poccia (Sections 02, 03, 04, 05 and 06)
Amy L. Springer (Sections 02, 03, 04, 05 and 06)


An introduction to the molecular and cellular processes common to life with an emphasis on control of energy and information flow.  Central themes include metabolism, macromolecular function, and the genetic basis of cellular function.  We examine how membranes work to establish the internal composition of cells, how the structure of proteins including enzymes affects protein function, how energy is captured, stored and utilized by cells, and how cells communicate, move and divide.  We explore inheritance patterns and underlying molecular mechanisms of genetics, the central dogma of information transfer from DNA replication to protein synthesis, and recombinant DNA methods and medical applications.  Laboratories include genetic analyses, enzyme reaction kinetics, membrane transport, and genomic analysis.  Four classroom hours and three laboratory hours per week.

Requisite: Prior completion of, or concurrent registration in, Chemistry 12 or permission from the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Poccia and Visiting Professor Springer.


Lab science course


2015-16: Offered in Fall 2015
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

Textbook for Fall 2010

Submitted by Amy L. Springer on Monday, 8/30/2010, at 12:32 PM

The textbook for Biology 19 for Fall 10 is:

Life: The Science of Biology, Eighth Edition 2008

Auth: Sadava, Heller, Orians, Purves, Hillis,

For information on ordering:


Purchasing options:

If you are enrolling only in Bio19 and not planning to take Bio18, you can purchase just Volume I of this book (chapters 1-20), at lower cost.

The publishers also have an option for subscribing to the textbook s an “ebook”, available at the above website, this is much cheaper than purchasing a hard copy.  However, it does mean you no longer have access to the book after the class ends (which may be a consideration if you might want to use it in the future as a reference for standardized test preparation or other biology classes) and it will cost you extra to print out any of the pages.