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Get an overview of what is currently known in cellular and molecular biology and its application in biotechnology in this introductory course. In this course, you will start with a review of necessary basic chemistry concepts, cover the molecules and processes essential for living systems and reach a basic understanding of biotechnology and the fundamental techniques it uses. Topics covered include: DNA and protein structure and function, elementary genetics, cell structure, cell cycle, inheritance and DNA sequencing.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Briefly review some basic chemistry, and cover some of the molecules important to living systems
  • To cover DNA structure and function and how this was determined, including transcription, translation, prokaryote and eukaryote differences, mutations, DNA repair, and how all of this relates to Darwinian evolution.
  • Discuss differences between prokaryote and eukaryote cells, and the functions of intracellular organelles in eukaryote cells.
  • Cover basic Mendelian inheritance.
  • Discuss the evolution of modern methods of isolating and identifying genes and displaying individual DNA patterns.


This course is offered during the Winter and Summer quarters.

Course Number: BIOL-40234
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)