Molecule to Organism

Fall 2020
Winter 2021
Spring 2021
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 75
12 16 Credits per quarter
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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, cell biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, 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 spring quarter, this program will be remotely taught; there will be no in-person instruction. Also, the program will be offered for 16 credits in spring quarter, which includes: biochemistry II, developmental biology, and organic chemistry III.

To successfully complete this program in spring 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 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.



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.

Fall 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 10052
So - Sr (1 - 16): 10297
Winter 2021 Registration

Signature Required

Students will need to review required fall quarter material - contact faculty for more information. 

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (12): 20020
Spring 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 30011

Academic details

Fields of Study
Preparatory for studies and careers in

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

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing
Upper Division Science Credit

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


In Person or Remote
Remote (F)
Remote (W)
Remote (S)
Time Offered
Schedule Evergreen link
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First Meeting



Date Revision
2020-12-11 This program is no longer accepting new students in spring