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Biol 230
"The key to every biological problem must finally be sought in the cell."
- Edmund B. Wilson

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BIOL 230—Introduction to Cell Biology

This is the second course in the core program for Biology majors. When you have completed this course and organic chemistry you will be able to undertake upper division coursework in the biological sciences. Course content, assignments, and lab work are comparable to that of your transfer institution and designed to prepare you for upper division work in the sciences. The basic principles you study in Cell Biology will be applicable in all biology–related professions including medicine, agriculture, biotechnology, animal behavior, and ecology.

Wilson wrote the above statement more than 50 years ago; recent advances in molecular biology techniques have made it possible to look for these answers in the cell. Cell Biology is becoming the organizing theme for much of the first-year medical curriculum. On the surface, living organisms appear widely disparate, however they share more similarities than they have differences when viewed at the cellular level.

Urry, L. et al. (2021). Campbell Biology, 12th ed. San Francisco: Benjamin/Cummings.
Case, C. (2022). Laboratory Experiments in Cell Biology. San Bruno: Skyline College.

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Lab Skills Acquired in BIOL 230

Agarose gel electrophoresis
Anaerobic culture techniques
Antibiosis testing
Bacterial culture
Bacterial streak plate
Biochemical tests
Cell culture
Cell fractionation
Cell lysate preparation
Cell well plates
Chemical precipitation of proteins and DNA
Chromatography: paper and column
Compound light microscopy
Computer analysis of data
Construction a restriction map
Differential staining
Endospore stain
Enzyme assay
Indicator system

Low-power microscopy
Mammal dissection
Metric measures
Microscopic measurements
Observations over an extended period of time
Percent and % difference calculations
pH meter
Plant cloning from explants
Preparation of a standard curve
Protoplast fusion
Sample collection
Serial dilutions
Serum collection
Superspeed centrifugation
Transfer bacterial cultures
Transformation with Ti plasmid
Wet mounts

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