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BIOL 302 Cell Biology

This course covers life in terms of molecules, cells, tissues, and organs, integrating these levels of complexity and focusing on the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms of biological function. Topics include membrane structure and function, trafficking of molecules, the endomembrane system signal transduction pathways, extracellular matrix, and the cell cytoskeleton. Laboratory includes descriptive histology of animal tissues. Intended for biology and life sciences teaching majors.


Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.
Note: Enrollment limited to Biology, Biochemistry and Life Science Teaching majors only, except by instructor permission.
5 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 3, 2023 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Demonstrate quantitative reasoning skills and competency with arithmetic, algebra, and statistics at a level appropriate for graduates of a bachelor's degree program in biology.
  • Explain and apply scientific knowledge in cell biology and histology, both theoretical and experimental, at the upper division level.
  • Properly conduct supervised independent laboratory research at the senior undergraduate level.
  • Read and interpret primary scientific literature in cell biology.
  • Recall, explain and apply the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary of cell biology at the level necessary for success in graduate study in this field.