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Biology (BIOL)

BIOL 230W (GN) Biology: Molecules and Cells (4) A study of cellular phenomena including molecular genetics and metabolic interactions. (BIOL 220W, 230W, and 240W each carry only 1 credit of "writing"; all three courses must be taken to meet the writing requirement.)

BIOL 230W Biology: Molecules and Cells (4)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Biology 23OW is a four credit course with lecture and laboratory components. The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the major unifying principles of life as they apply to the study of the molecular mechanisms underpinning the function of living organisms. Through the lab, students are expected to become proficient in the interpretation and presentation of experimental results through written and oral reports. Taken together with the other core courses in the biology curriculum (Biology 110, Biology 22OW, Biology 24OW), Biology 23OW will help students to integrate concepts ranging from molecular and cellular events through principles governing entire populations and ecosystems. Further, Biology 23OW provides the foundation on which students further their study of molecular genetics - a discipline integral to a number of the biological sciences. Through this class, and the other core course, students will develop a number of the skills outlined in the General Education mission. Offered every fall, Biology 23OW serves from a number of majors and colleges and typically enrolls ca. 500 students at University Park and an equal number at campuses throughout the Penn State system. Given the large size of the class, the facilities requirements are substantial. Currently room 100 Thomas is used for lectures, and provides an excellent opportunity to incorporate multimedia presentations in a relatively intimate format. The laboratory portion of the course requires several fully equipped laboratory rooms, as well as classrooms for recitation meetings. For this purpose, two wet lab rooms in Muller Lab (105 and 108) are designated and are shared with another currently offered core course (Biology 110). Finally, a designated preparatory facility (room 107 Mueller) is used exclusively in each of the core courses.

General Education: GN
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Natural Sciences
Effective: Summer 2007
Prerequisite: BIOL 110, CHEM 110

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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