BIOSC147: Learn the essential molecular and cellular biology needed for a career in the life sciences or transfer as a STEM major using cutting-edge examples from medicine, ecology, biotechnology, and basic science. In the lab, apply techniques and experimental skills commonly used in biotechnology and molecular biology laboratories.

Offered in Fall Semesters: for Fall 2024, BIOSC147-0630 meets Monday and Wednesday for lecture at 11:10-12:35PM, and on Fridays for lab at 9:25AM-2:15PM. First meeting is August 26.

What happens in the course?

People making solutions
Making mixes
At a bench doing science
At a bench with a spectrophotometer
Working with cells
Working at the bench
microscope picture with fluorescence
at the fume hood
Looking at a solution carefully
Buffers and solutions

Calculations and preparation

Molecular biology

Plan and accurately set up reaction mixes

Organelles and molecules

Structure and function within cells


anabolic and catabolic energy metabolism in cells


structure and expression in protein synthesis


relationship to inheritance and expression of alleles in different patterns of inheritance

7_Measure and analyzecellular respirationRoseWhitney
Measure and analyze

cellular respiration, fermentation, photosynthesis under varying environmental and genetic conditions

8_Microscopes fluorescence microscopy Xanat3

fluorescence microscopy to analyze the relationship between protein expression, localization, and cell function

Molecular and genetic analysis

PCR genotyping and phenotypes

Cell culture, protein purification

investigate protein expression, structure, and function

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Skills in

  • Microscopy
  • Scientific method, documentation, reports
  • Standard curves

Knowledge of

  • Cell biology and biological molecules
  • Cell signaling, metabolism, and growth
  • Molecular genetics and gene expression

Ability to

  • Protein purification
  • Molecular biology (PCR, agarose gels)
  • Genetic analysis, including bioinformatics

Who should take this?

  • Biology, Biochemistry majors
  • Pre-medical students
  • Biotechnology

What types of jobs does it prepare for?

  • Research and lab support
  • Gene therapies
  • Biomanufacturing (including pharmaceuticals)

More details about Molecular and Cellular Biology here

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