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Introduction to Molecular Biology

1st Term
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

Introduction to Online Learning. A strong college level background in the biological sciences is required.

Molecular biology deals with how nucleic acids and proteins interact within the cell to promote proper growth, division, and development. This course will provide an overview of these processes, including DNA replication, repair, transcription, splicing, protein synthesis, and gene regulation in different organisms. We will also explore many biological tools that have been developed from molecular biology processes, such as DNA sequencing and gene editing (CRISPR-Cas9).
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast bacterial and eukaryotic DNA replication, DNA repair, transcription, and translation
  2. Give examples of DNA and histone modifications and predict how they will affect gene expression.
  3. Describe how pre-mRNA splicing occurs and explain how alternative splicing can generate protein diversity.
  4. Explain how molecular biology processes like the CRISPR-Cas9 system are being used to modify eukaryotic genomes.
  5. Distinguish between different molecular biology techniques that are used to isolate, separate, and probe for specific nucleic acids, proteins, and their interactions.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 100% Quizzes
Enrollment Restriction
CANNOT take this course if already enrolled or completed 120.602.01 Concepts of Molecular Biology