BIO 122: Cells and Genetics
Drexel University, Fall Term 2011
Dr. Jennifer Stanford (Weeks 1 – 5)
Dr. Karen Kabnick (Weeks 6 – 11)
Office: PISB 425
Office: PISB 221B
Office Hours: Th 1-3, or by appt.
Office Hours: W and F 12-12:45 pm, or by appt.
Freshman Lab Coordinator:
M/W/F 11-11:50 am
M/W/F 2-2:50 pm
Lab and Recitation:
Refer to the course website for times, locations and TA information
Biology: Raven, Johnson, Losos, Mason & Singer.
ed. McGraw-Hill, publishers.
An introduction to the concepts of cell and function, cell and reproduction, cell communication, genetic inheritance, and
population genetics. The relevance of genetics to society and ethical issues are included.
Course Purpose within the Program of Study:
This is the first required course for all Biology majors, is a foundational course for students from other majors that
continue on to take upper level biology courses, and also serves as the first course in the introductory biology series for
any students interested in continuing on to pursue any degree in clinical medicine.
This course provides a foundation in
cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics.
In addition, this course introduces students to experimental
design, scientific writing and a variety of techniques in the lab.
Statement of Expected Learning:
As a result of this course, students will:
Understand: 1) how cells are constructed and how the parts of the cell function, 2) how energy is harnessed and
used by cells, 3) how cells signal to one another and how cellular signaling pathways work, 4) how cells divide,
and how these pathways are regulated, 5) how genetic traits are passed from one generation to the next, 6) what a
gene is and how genes encode proteins, 7) what viruses are and how they function, 8) some modern issues in
biology and how they relate to other topics discussed during the course
Gain hands-on experience with techniques being used to study cell biology, molecular biology and genetics.
Develop their ability to generate and test hypotheses
Analyze data to draw conclusions about specific experimental problems
Apply course knowledge through problem solving
Begin to learn about and practice scientific writing