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Biology 200

Cell Biology

Credits: 4

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours Per Week: 4 hours lecture

Prerequisite: Biology 110 or 130, Biology 120, Chemistry 121 and 12 credits

Required Text: The Cell (Cooper and Hausman) 7th Ed."

Course Description:

This is a survey course on cell structure and function with discussions on the structure and function of the nucleus, eukaryotic organelles, the plasma membrane and cytoskeleton. Cellular processes such as DNA replication, transcription, translation, cell signalling, cellular respiration and photosynthesis will be covered.

Course Outline:

Week TopicS Covered
1 The origin and evolution of cells, microscopy, and cell culture
2 The composition of cells, enzymes, and metabolism
3 Biosynthesis of cellular compounds and fundamentals of molecular biology
4 Eukaryotic genomes, DNA replication and repair, and DNA rearrangements
5 Transcription and RNA processing
6 Translation and post-translational protein modification
7 The nucleus
8 Organellar protein sorting and tansport
9 Mitochondria, chloroplasts, and peroxisomes
10 The cytoskeleton and cell movement
11 Structure and function of the plasma membrane
12 Cell walls and the extracellular matrix
13 Cell signaling and the cell cycle
14 Final Exam


Assignments 20 %
Quizzes/Tests 20 %
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 40%


Rachel Moens, B.SC. (McGill), M.Sc. (British Columbia)

Greg Doheny, B.A. (Simon Fraser), B.Sc., M.Sc. Ph.D (British Columbia)

Todd Harper, B.A., B.Sc., M.Sc. (St.Francis Xavier) Ph.D. (New Brunswick)

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