Molecule to Organism

Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
Class Size: 75
Credits per quarter

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biology, genetics, microbiology
organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, biochemistry

This program develops and interrelates concepts in experimental (laboratory) biology, organic chemistry and biochemistry by 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 biochemistry, microbiology, cellular, molecular and neurobiology, and organic chemistry, 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 molecular biology and neurobiology.

In winter quarter, this program will be remotely taught; there will be no in-person instruction. Also, the program will be offered for 12 credits in winter quarter, which includes: biochemistry, molecular biology, and organic chemistry II.

To successfully complete this program in winter quarter, students should have access to a computer, high speed internet for synchronous activities, and access to Canvas daily. Students should expect to participate in 3-5 hours of synchronous meetings per week using Zoom in Canvas. All lectures, assignments, and learning materials will be posted to Canvas, in the event a student is unable to attend the synchronous activities for any reason.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

biology, chemistry, medicine and health sciences, environmental science, and teaching.


Credits per quarter


A strong grasp of the material covered in a full year of both general biology with lab and general chemistry with lab, at the college level.

Online learning:
  • Complete Online Learning - This offering delivers all of its instruction online.

Upper division science credit:

All credits are upper division: cell biology, molecular biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, and neurobiology. 

Class Standing: Sophomore–Senior
Class Size: 75

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, January 4, 2021 - 11:00 am

Located in: Olympia