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BIO 202: Fundamentals of Biology-Molecular & Cellular Biology

BIO 202

 Image courtesy of Torsten Wittman, Scripps Research Institute

SUMMER 2020 Schedule

SUMMER 2020-Extended Session 1
May 26th – July 17, 2020

Faculty: Vitaly Citovsky, PhD, Deborah Brown, PhD and Joanne Souza, PhD

Stony Brook Students:  DEC E  Natural Sciences (SBC:STEM+)
Non-Stony Brook Students – Check with your Institution for Transfer Info.  

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This course is an asynchronous online course except for the Three Mandatory Synchronous exams given in the evening as listed below. STUDENTS MUST HAVE RELIABLE INTERNET, A COMPUTER, A WEBCAM AND A MICROPHONE TO TAKE THIS COURSE.  


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MANDATORY Exam 1:  Wed. June 10th - 6:30-8:30 PM 

MANDATORY Exam 2: Wed. June 24th - 6:30 -8:30 PM 

MANDATORY Exam 3:  Wed. July 15th 6:30 -8:30 PM 

Major objectives of this course:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Welcome to the fundamentals of cell biology, biochemistry and genetics!  This course covers the biochemical and molecular bases of cell structure, energy metabolism, gene regulation, heredity, and development in living organisms from bacteria to humans. Our goal is to give you a strong foundation in the principles you need to understand and solve problems in the areas of molecular and cellular biology.  Whether your career goal is medicine, basic research, clinical research, or teaching, a sound, rigorous understanding of these basic principles is crucial.  This online course is structured to support your efficient mastery of the extensive course material, including content exploration in small asynchronous discussion groups.  You will find the problem solving skills you learn here to be crucial throughout the rest of your career, including in the laboratory segments of your academic degree program. 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:  This course is organized in thirds with an evening exam given at the end of each third to assess your mastery of the content presented. The cumulative final exam is given concurrently with the exam for the last third of the course (for a total of three exam sessions).  T  The content of the course is accessible to you via video lectures, lecture Power Points for note taking, and through readings in the 11th Edition of the Campbell Biology textbook. 

Multiple choice sample questions covering challenging content will be the basis of your discussions with peers in the asynchronous discussion groups.  Two posts per week discussing these questions with your colleagues are required. This portion of your work will also serve as a powerful study aid for mastery of key concepts and performing well on the exams as well as to increase your critical thinking and communication skills.  Grading for this portion of the course will consist of the assessment of your critical thinking and application skills as guided by the discussion board rubric.