BIOL 406

Biology of Cancer

3 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 24, 2002 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

Covers the genetic, physiological, and molecular principles underlying the causes and treatments of cancer. Course focuses on the regulatory pathways and their genetic flaws that govern cell proliferation, angiogenesis, malignancy and metastasis. Intended for biology majors in their senior year.


Special information

Note: Enrollment limited to Biology and Life Science Teaching majors only, except by instructor permission. First day attendance required except by instructor permission.

Learning outcomes


  • Read and interpret primary scientific literature in cancer biology.
  • Recall, explain and apply the concepts, knowledge and vocabulary of cancer biology at the level necessary for success in graduate study in this field.
  • Explain and apply scientific knowledge in the biology of cancer, both theoretical and experimental, at the upper division level.