Course Descriptions

BIOL 23100 BIOL III: Cell Structure & Function

Session Offered:

Fall Credit 3.0


Prerequisites BIOL 11100 or 13100 and Concurrent Prerequisite CHM 11600 or Concurrent Prerequisite CHM 12901


BIOL 23100 introduces students to cell biology through 3 over-arching themes:  First, the shape and organization of molecules, organelles and cells underlie their function.  Second, cellular organization and function require energy, and cells are in part energy-transducing machines.  Third, the cell is constantly changing -- its shape, activity and molecular composition are dynamic and transient.  Cell biology builds on a foundation of math, chemistry and physics, so we begin by discussing the structure and function of macromolecules and the most relevant principles of chemistry, kinetics and thermodynamics.

We continue with treatments of bioenergetics and biosynthesis, and then spend the second half of the course on signal transduction, intercellular communication, cell division and the cell cycle, the cytoskeleton, and cell motility.  We will draw on examples from many cell types, including neurons, fertilized eggs, muscle, and epithelia, and issues of human health and disease, including cancer, endocrine disorders, infectious disease, and nerve gas.




Essential Cell Biology (4th Edition)
Digitial edition OK

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Hard copy or E-Book

Author: Alberts et al

Publisher: Garland Science

ISBN: 978081534544


Exam information is available on-line via:

Course Format:
CRN SEC Type Cred Day Time Location
38041 001 LEC 3 MWF 10:30-11:20 LILY 1105


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