Molecule to Organism
Revised Last Updated: 02/12/2010
Fall, Winter and Spring quarters
Faculty Signature Required: Winter quarter. Spring quarter.
Major areas of study include organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, cell and molecular biology, and genetics.
Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.
Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new enrollment, with signature. Admission will be based upon appropriate background: 1 quarter of organic chemistry and molecular biology. Interested students should email Paula Schofield at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new enrollment, with signature. Admission will be based upon appropriate background: recent completion of fall and winter quarters of this program in the past or at least 2 quarters organic chemistry with lab, 2 quarters molecular biology with lab, and 1 quarter of biochemistry with lab. Interested students should email Paula Schofield at email@example.com.
Prerequisites: One year of college-level general chemistry and one year of college-level general biology (introductory cell/molecular, NOT human or field biology) required.
This program develops and interrelates concepts in experimental (laboratory) biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry, thus 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 organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, cellular and molecular biology, and genetics in a year-long 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 biological systems.
Each aspect of the program will contain a significant laboratory component. On a weekly basis, students will write papers and maintain 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 student-designed research projects are a culmination of all major concepts learned throughout the year.
This is an intensive program. The subjects are complex, and the sophisticated understanding we expect to develop will require devoted attention and many hours of scheduled lab work each week. Up to 48 upper division science credits will be awarded for students who successfully complete the entire program over all three quarters. This program will give students the prerequisites needed for health careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, naturopathy, optometry and pharmacy. If you intend to pursue a career in an allied health field such as physical therapy, nursing or nutrition, you do not need as many science prerequisites and may want to consider the program Foundations of Health Science instead.
Credits: 16 fall quarter, 16 winter quarter and 12 or 16 spring quarter
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in biology, chemistry, education, medicine, pharmacy and health science.
Planning Units: Scientific Inquiry
|January 29th, 2009||Genetics added as a major area of study and in the description.|
|May 5th, 2009||Winter enrollment details added.|
|February 12th, 2010||Spring enrollment details added.|