Course Summary
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BIO101: Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
Self-Paced (35 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 introduction to molecular and cellular biology


The course objective is to understand and appreciate common biological topics in the study of the smallest units within biology: molecules and cells. Molecular and cellular biology is a dynamic field. There are thousands of opportunities within the medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and industrial fields (just to name a few) for a person with a concentrated knowledge of molecular and cellular processes. This course will give you a general introduction to these topics. In addition to preparing for a diversity of career paths, an understanding of molecular and cell biology will help you make sound decisions in your everyday life that can positively impact your diet and health.

Learning Outcomes:

  • explain basic biological concepts and characterize biological properties common to all organisms
  • apply and evaluate the application of the scientific method
  • describe the basic physical and chemical principles that are relevant to biology
  • describe the structure and function of biological macromolecules that are the building blocks of the cell
  • describe the structure and function of cellular components
  • explain how matter and energy are stored and transformed by living systems
  • describe the anabolic and catabolic biochemical pathways and their role in sustaining life in the biosphere
  • differentiate between the different ways organisms reproduce their cells
  • apply general genetic principles in solving problems concerning mendelian and molecular genetics
  • explain how information is stored, copied, transferred, and expressed in biological systems
  • identify significant contributions of science to society through scientific research
  • transfer and apply your biological knowledge to solve problems in different settings

General Topics:

  • Introduction to biology
  • Basic chemistry
  • Biological molecules
  • Cells and membranes
  • Enzymes, metabolism, and cellular respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • Mitosis
  • Meiosis
  • Mendelian genetics and chromosomes
  • Gene expression
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Other
  • final proctored exam

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials