Molecule to Organism
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This program develops and interrelates concepts in experimental (laboratory) biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry by providing a foundation for students who plan to continue studies in chemistry, laboratory biology, field biology, and medicine. Students will carry out upper-division work in biochemistry, microbiology, cellular, molecular and neurobiology, and organic chemistry, in a yearlong sequence.
The program integrates two themes: one at the “cell” level and the other at the “molecule” level. In the cell theme, we start with the cell and microbiology and proceed to the whole organism with the examination of structure/function relationships at all levels. In the molecular theme, we will examine organic chemistry, the nature of organic compounds and reactions and carry this theme into biochemistry and the fundamental chemical reactions of living systems. As the year progresses, the two themes continually merge through studies of cellular and molecular processes in molecular biology and neurobiology.
Each aspect of the program will contain a significant laboratory component. On a weekly basis, 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. Spring quarter will allow more flexibility for students who wish to take part of this program in conjunction with other work.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
biology, chemistry, medicine and health sciences, environmental science, and teaching.
Credits per quarter
A strong grasp of the material covered in a full year of both general biology with lab and general chemistry with lab, at the college level.
- Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Upper division science credit:
All credits are upper division: cell biology, molecular biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, and neurobiology.
Class Size: 75
Scheduled for: Day
Located in: Olympia