Molecule to Organism


Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 quarters

Taught by

organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, biochemistry
chemistry
biology, biochemistry

Prerequisites

One year of college-level general biology with laboratory and one year of college-level general chemistry with laboratory

This program develops and interrelates concepts in experimental (laboratory) biology, organic chemistry, and biochemistry, thus providing a foundation for students who plan to continue studies in chemistry, laboratory biology, field biology, and medicine. Students will carry out upper-division work in organic chemistry, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, and genetics in a yearlong sequence. The program integrates two themes, one at the cell level and the other at the molecule level. In the cell theme, we start with the cell and microbiology and proceed to the whole organism with the examination of structure/function relationships at all levels. In the molecular theme, we will examine organic chemistry, the nature of organic compounds and reactions, and carry this theme into biochemistry and the fundamental chemical reactions of living systems. As the year progresses, the two themes continually merge through studies of cellular and molecular processes in biological systems.

Each aspect of the program will contain a significant laboratory component. On a weekly basis, students will write papers and maintain laboratory notebooks. All laboratory work and approximately half of the non-lecture time will be spent working in collaborative problem-solving groups. Spring quarter student-designed research projects are a culmination of all major concepts learned throughout the year.

This is an intensive program. The subjects are complex, and the sophisticated understanding we expect to develop will require devoted attention and many hours of scheduled lab work each week.

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

biology, chemistry, education, medicine, and health science.

Location and Schedule

Campus location

Olympia

Schedule

Offered during: Day

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Online Learning

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Upper Division Science Credit

Upper division science credits in organic chemistry, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, and genetics will be awarded to students who successfully complete all program requirements. 

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 75

Fall

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Winter

Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Students entering in Winter must have completed one quarter each of the disciplines covered in Fall quarter or the equivalent. Interested students should contact the program coordinator by e-mail or in person at the Academic Fair.

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Spring

Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Students entering in Spring must have completed two quarters each of the disciplines covered in the Fall and Winter quarters or the equivalent. Interested students should contact the program coordinator by e-mail or in person at the Academic Fair.

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