Molecule to Organism

Fall 2018
Winter 2019
Spring 2019
Olympia
Day
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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This program develops and interrelates concepts in experimental (laboratory and field) biology, organic chemistry, and biochemistry, thus providing a foundation for students who plan to continue studies in chemistry, laboratory and field biology, and medicine. Students will carry out upper-division work in biochemistry, microbiology, cellular and molecular biology, field biology and organic chemistry in a yearlong sequence. This program will also give students many of the prerequisites needed for the following health careers: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, naturopathy, optometry, and pharmacy.

The program examines the subject matter through the central idea that structure defines function, integrating a scaled theme from the "cell" to the "molecule" and "ecosystem" levels. We will start with the cell and proceed to the whole organism and ecosystem with the examination of structure-function relationships at all levels. We will examine organic chemistry, the nature of organic compounds and reactions and carry this work into biochemistry and the fundamental chemical reactions of living systems. As the year progresses, the scaled theme will continue through studies of cellular and molecular processes in biological systems.

Each aspect of the program will contain a significant laboratory component, some of which may be based on field experiments, involving extensive hands-on learning. Every week students will be writing papers and maintaining laboratory notebooks. All laboratory work, and approximately one half of the non-lecture time will be spent working in collaborative problem-solving groups. Group work will also include reading and discussion of topics of current or historical significance in science. This is an intensive program: The subjects are complex and the sophisticated understanding we expect to develop will require students to work for many hours each week, both in and out of class.

Registration

Enrollment Conditions

Signature required. Students should demonstrate their proficiency with the prerequisites via an application form that will be available online in early spring quarter 2018. Review of completed applications will begin in May and continue throughout the summer until the program fills. Contact faculty for more information. New students accepted in winter and spring with signature. Students must have completed previous study in each of the disciplines covered in previous quarter(s) or the equivalent. Interested students should contact the program coordinator by email or in person at the Academic Fair (November 28, 2018 and March 6,  2019).

Prerequisites

One year of college-level general biology with laboratory and one year of college-level general chemistry with laboratory.

Fall 2019 Registration

Signature Required

Students should demonstrate their proficiency with the prerequisites via an application form available on-line:  http://blogs.evergreen.edu/mckinstl/ . Review of completed applications will begin Wednesday, May 9th. Applications received before the Academic Fair will be reviewed before registration but completed applications will be accepted and considered throughout the summer. Contact faculty for more information or with questions about the application process.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 10073
Winter 2019 Registration

Signature Required

Students must have completed one quarter each of the disciplines covered in fall quarter or the equivalent. Contact the program coordinator by email or in person at the Academic Fair (November 28, 2018).

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20028
Spring 2019 Registration

Signature Required

Students must have completed two quarters each of the disciplines covered in the fall and winter quarters or the equivalent. Contact the program coordinator by email or in person at the Academic Fair (March 6, 2019).

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 30013
So - Sr (5): 30431
So - Sr (12): 30501

Academic details

Preparatory For

laboratory and field biology, chemistry, education, medicine and health science

Credits
16
Fields of Study
Maximum Enrollment
50
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Class Standing
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Fees

$300 for an overnight field trip in Spring.

Upper Division Science Credit

Upper division science credits in biochemistry, microbiology, cellular and molecular biology, field biology and organic chemistry will be awarded to students who successfully complete all program requirements.

Internship Opportunities

Spring, with faculty approval.

Schedule

Time Offered
Day
Advertised Schedule

First class meeting: Tuesday, September 25th at 9:00AM (space TBD). 

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First Meeting

Purce Hall 6 - Classroom
Location
Olympia
May be offered again in
<p>2019-2020</p>
Revisions
DateRevision 2018-08-10 student fee for overnight field trip moved from Fall to Spring quarter 2018-04-23 Fall signature text updated with link to application.