Welcome to Cell and Molecular Biology! This is a course in three parts. First, we will learn about the chemical structures and properties of the three most important molecules that form life: nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids. Then, we will apply this knowledge to understand how cells are structured and how they work. At each step, we will ask ourselves: How do the chemical properties of the molecules that compose the cell contribute to its function? Finally, we will use our understanding of how cells and the molecules that compose them work to understand how cells participate together in the biology of an organism.
Through completion of this course you will be able to:
- Describe the chemistry of nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids
- Analyze the function and clinical implications of compartmentalization, organization, and regulation of cellular processes
- Explain how the chemistry of nucleic acids, proteins, and lipids determine and shape these cellular processes
- Articulate how the chemistry, structure, and behavior of cells combine to form the biology of whole organisms
- Work independently to apply previous course knowledge to new biological systems or problems