FALL 2001


The Course

The Biology of cells has become an integral part of most college curricula because we are in the midst of a revolution in biological studies. This revolution in biological studies. This revolution is due to the rapid development of analytical methods that allow scientists to probe the inner workings of bacteria, viruses, and plant and animal cells. It has become evident that cells are dynamic structures with membranes that can sort out a variety of stimuli from their environments and respond in a manner that is determined by hereditary composition of individual cells. To understand plant growth, animal physiology, organismal development, and genetics, a student must realize that these activities are due to cells that are acting as individuals and are components of tissues and organs. This course is designed to provide a brief look at the cell, its parts, and its many functions when observed individually or when part of a more complex organism.


1. Text: Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments, 2nd Ed., by Gerald Karp

2. Web site for Cell and Molecular Biology

3. Handouts


1. David P. Kreps

2. Office: S101

3. Phone: 5310

  Office hours are posted outside S101. Please sign for appointments on the sheet provided.


1. Three one hour examinations (Including the final) 300 pts

2. Quizzes 100 pts

3. Research project and class presentation 100 pts

  Grading Scale

   A = 93-100%, A- = 90-92%, B+ = 88-89%, B = 83-87%, B- = 80-82%,

   C+ = 78-79%, C = 73-77%, C- = 70-72%, D+ = 68-69%, D = 63-67%,

   D- = 60-62%, F = <60%


During the last week of the semester, each member of the class will give a presentation on a research paper he or she has prepared on a selected topic. The topics for this project will come from the chapter in the text dealing with the biology of cancer (Chapter 16, Karp).

Suggested topics include:

    1. Angiogenesis                      2. Anti-angiogenesis

    3. p53 Anti-oncogenes            4. Proto-oncogenes

    5. Fas gene and cancer           6. Farnesyl transferase

    7. Rb anti-oncogenes              8. Viral induction of cancer

    9. Taxol/Tamoxafin               10. Anti-oxidants

  11. Xeroderma pigmentosum  12. Adenomatous polyposis coli

  13. BRCA 1 and BRCA 2       14. EGF/erbB genes and cancer

  15. Cancer vaccines                16. Molecular basis for resistance of tumors to chemotherapy

The paper is to be approximately 10 pages in length and is to include a bibliography. No more than three sources from the Internet please. When preparing the paper, use the MLA style for in-text citations and preparation of the bibliography. See A Writer's Reference, 4th Ed., by Hacker. The oral presentation is to be no more than 15 minutes in length and is to include an outline for the class and visual aids such as charts, graphs, overheads, or Power Point. The presenter is permitted to use 3 x 5 cards only; reading from the paper is not allowed.

Additional Information
    Class Schedule

Web Sites
Cell and Molecular Biology Web Links
Web links for Karp's text

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