Fall 2012

Molecules, Genes and Cells

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-191

Formerly listed as: BIOL-19

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Julia A. Emerson (Section 01)
Ethan R. Graf (Section 01)
Alivia L. Price (Section 01)
David I. Ratner (Section 01)


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, CHEM 161. Fall semester. Professors Graf and Ratner and Lab Coordinator Emerson.

Cost: $10 ?


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

Fall 2012 Course Syllabus