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Biology 280: Cell BiologyMBOC
An examination of the structures and processes that underlie the life of cells, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic. Topics to be covered include energy capture, storage, and utilization; cellular reproduction; organelles, membranes, and other cellular components; and cell-cell communication.
Prerequisites: Introductory Biology (Biology 125 and 126).
Corequisite: Lab (BIOL 281)
Recommended: Genetics (Biology 240).
Textbook: Alberts, Molecular Biology of the Cell.


Biology 126: Energy Flow in Biological SystemsRaven
Follows the pathways through which energy and matter are acquired, stored, and utilized within cells, organisms, and ecosystems. The focus moves among the different levels of organization from protein function to nutrient movement through ecosystems.
Team taught with John Tymoczko
Co-requisite: Lab (BIOL 126L)
Textbook: Raven, Biology, 9th edition.


Biology 385: Microbial Pathology
Microbes are the most abundant organisms on earth, and microbial pathogens have caused human and plant disease epidemics worldwide. This course will focus upon the pathogenic strategy of a variety of well-studied microbes in order to illustrate our understanding of the molecular and cellular nature of microbial disease. We will analyze current and seminal papers in the primary literature focusing on mechanisms employed by microbes to attack hosts.
Prerequisites: Introductory Biology (Biology 125 and 126), and either Genetics (Biology 240) or Cell Biology (Biology 280).
Readings: Primary Papers.