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BIOL 304 Molecular Biology

This course covers molecular biology, the study of genetic expression at the molecular level-including transcription, translation, and DNA replication emphasizing structure and function, and focusing on how molecular lab techniques elucidate the genetic mechanisms of the cell. Lab includes recombinant DNA, gel electrophoresis, PCR and sterile technique. Intended for biology majors.


Special information

First day attendance is mandatory.Note: Enrollment limited to Biology, Biochemistry and Life Science Teaching majors only, except by instructor permission. Biochemistry majors are exempt from the BIOL 112 General Biology II prerequisite requirement.
5 Undergraduate credits

Effective December 17, 2006 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Design, propose, conduct, interpret, and present the results of an independent laboratory or field experiment in this subject area.
  • Explain and apply scientific knowledge in molecular biology, both theoretical and experimental, at the upper division level.
  • Read and interpret primary scientific literature in molecular biology.
  • Apply this experience with research methods in molecular biology at the level necessary for success in senior undergraduate research.
  • 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.
  • Recall, explain and apply the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary of molecular biology at the level necessary for success in graduate study in this field.

Spring 2022

Section Title Instructor
01 Molecular Biology Bush Tripp, Susan Mary Books Course details

Summer 2022

Section Title Instructor
01 Molecular Biology Schneider, John F Books Course details