Cell and Molecular Biology
College of Arts + Science
The structure and function of the cell and its subcellular organelles is studied. Biological macromolecules, enzymes, biomembranes, membrane transport, bioenergetics, signal transduction, protein synthesis and secretion, compartmentalization, vesicular transport, cytoskeleton, motility, cell cycle control and cancer are covered. Chemical kinetics, and acids and bases, with an emphasis on biologically relevant systems. Enzyme catalysis and kinetics. Introduction to biochemical pathways and bioenergetics. Introduction to molecular biology including central dogma, genetic code, protein synthesis and biotechnology. Protein chemistry and methods for studying proteins. Applications of engineering principles to the study of cell biology problems are discussed.