- Name: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
- Discipline: Biology
- Units (Credits): 3
- Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
- Academic Division: Liberal Arts
- Prerequisites: MATH 96 or higher (excluding MATH120) C- or better, or appropriate score on the WNC placement examination, or a corequisite of MATH 126
- Corequisites: BIOL 190L
I: Catalog Course Description
Covers the structure and function of cells. Included will be the major molecules of life, composition and physiology of cellular organelles, cellular metabolism, reproduction, motility, gene function and related topics.
II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program
The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.
Upon successful completion of BIOL 190: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology and BIOL 190L: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory, (defined as a 75% course score or better) learners will be able to:
- Describe and explain the processes of cellular transport, signaling, metabolism, photosynthesis, cell division (mitosis and meiosis), heredity, gene expression and gene regulation and explain their significance to the functioning of biological systems (GE #1);
- Illustrate and explain the structure and function of animal and plant cells and sub-cellular organelles (GE #1);
- Illustrate and explain the function of biomolecules at the sub-cellular and cellular level (GE #1);
- Draw conclusions from experimentally derived data in the laboratory (GE #1, #4).
- Draw conclusions from experimentally derived data from the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) laboratory experiment (GE #1, #4).
All learners will have in-depth knowledge of the language of cellular and molecular biology, animal and plant cellular structure and function: Students will explain fundamental concepts associated with atomic structure, chemical bonding, water chemistry, and pH, and apply these concepts to the functioning of biological systems; Students will identify the basic structures and describe the functions of the four major classes of biological macromolecules and cellular structures, including eukaryotic organelles and membranes (and may include prokaryotic cells and viral particles, as well); Students will describe the processes of cellular transport, signaling, introductory intermediary metabolism, photosynthesis, cell division (mitosis and meiosis), heredity, gene expression and gene regulation and explain their significance to the functioning of biological systems; Students will apply scientific reasoning to draw conclusions from experimentally derived data from the Using a Single-Nucleotide Polymorphism to Predict Bitter-Tasting Ability laboratory experiment.