BIO 3364 - Cell Biology
Credits: 3 hrs
This course examines the structure-function relationships of sub-cellular organelles found within the cell and will enable students to develop an understanding of the biology of cells at the interface of three distinct disciplines. These major disciplines, Cytology, Biochemistry and Genetics, have intertwined together to evolve in an interesting course that provides insights into the world of a cell that is complex in its structure and function. In this course, students will learn how small molecules polymerize to make macromolecules that form distinct cellular structures and perform a variety of functions within the cell. Students will also learn how these structures known as cell organelles provide an environment in which genetic information is secured and flows from parent to progeny cells whenever required. They will learn organization of cytoskeleton and how it helps the movement of cellular cargo within the cell. Students will also learn signal transduction and transmission of nerve impulses and molecular events leading to impulse transmission and muscle contraction. This course will also cover how some of the common macromolecules move in and out of a particular compartment of a cell and perform various functions required for the survival and health of a cell.
Periods Per week: (Three one-hour lecture periods per week)
Pre-requisite(s): A grade of “C-” or better in BIO 3366 and either BIO 3337 or BIO 4376 or CHE 3346.