Course Descriptions



This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences.

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major.






General Biology 119:115-116 or 119:101-102, or by special permission.

Course Description

An introductory analysis to the dynamics of cell organization, communication, structure, function, and metabolism. Topics to be discussed in depth include gene expression, membrane structure and function, cell compartmentalization, intracelluar transport, cell signaling, the cytoskeleton, cell division, the cell cycle, recombinant DNA technology and its applications to cancer.

Course URL

A Sakai will be provided

Course Satisfies Learning Goals

1. Master factual and conceptual knowledge in cell biology that will provide a solid foundation for success in advanced training and professional careers.

2. Develop an ability to summarize, integrate, and organize information.

3. Use scientific reasoning to evaluate the potential for current research and new discoveries to improve our understanding of cell biology and its relevance to human health and to our society.

 Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Two 80 minute period exams plus a final exam. Assigned reading from the required course textbook and select scientific journals supplement the lecture material.

Final grades for each student are based solely upon examination performance.

Course Materials

Required Text: Essential Cell Biology, 4th Edition (2013), by Alberts, et al. Garland Science Publishing ISBN 978-0-8153-4454-4.

Course Closed?

If this course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up fo Spring  2020 Courses .  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.


Dr. Kishore Joshi

** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.