BIOL& 211 Biology Majors Cellular • 6 Cr.


First in a three-course sequence for science majors and pre-professional students. Topics include cell structure, metabolism and energetics, genetic control of life, biotechnology, and an introduction to evolution. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 and CHEM& 161 with a C (2.0) or better.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe chemical principles and biochemical structures relevant to the functioning of living cells.
  • Identify common cellular structures and describe their function.
  • Apply mechanisms of heredity to predict inheritance of traits.
  • Describe processes of cellular metabolism including cell respiration and photosynthesis.
  • Describe processes of cell division.
  • Explain DNA structure, flow of genetic information, protein synthesis and regulation of these processes in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
  • Describe current methods used to analyze and manipulate DNA, and use current biology laboratory equipment, tools and techniques to sequence and analyze parts of a bacterial genome, including maintaining a professional style laboratory notebook.
  • Interpret and summarize scientific literature.