Molecule to Organism

Fall 2022
Winter 2023
Spring 2023
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 75
16 Credits per quarter
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This program will develop and interrelate concepts in laboratory biology, organic chemistry, physiology, and biochemistry, thus providing a foundation for students who plan to continue studies in chemistry, laboratory and field biology, and medicine. In a yearlong sequence, students will carry out upper-division work in organic chemistry, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, and developmental biology. This program will also give students many of the prerequisites needed for the following health careers: medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, naturopathy, optometry, and pharmacy.

The program will examine the subject matter through the central idea that structure defines property and function, integrating a scaled theme from the molecular and cellular to the organismal level. As the year progresses, the scaled theme will continue through studies of cellular and biochemical processes in biological systems at all levels. We will examine organic chemistry, the nature of organic compounds and reactions, and carry this work into biochemistry and the fundamental chemical reactions of living systems.

The program will contain a significant laboratory component involving extensive hands-on learning. Students will write papers and maintain laboratory notebooks weekly. All laboratory work and approximately half of non-lecture time will be spent working in collaborative problem-solving groups. Group work will also include reading and discussion of topics of current or historical significance in science. This is an intensive program, the subjects are complex and the sophisticated understanding we expect to develop will require devoted time and attention each week both in and out of class.


Fall 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Sr (16): 10080
Jr (16): 10081
So (16): 10082
So - Sr (1 - 16): 10318
Winter 2023 Registration

Signature Required

Students entering in Winter must demonstrate successful completion of one quarter each of the subjects covered in biology and chemistry in fall quarter.

Spring 2023 Registration

Signature Required

Students entering in Spring must demonstrate successful completion of two quarters each of the subjects covered in biology and chemistry in fall quarter.

Academic details

Preparatory For

biology, chemistry, education, medicine, and health science

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$50 per quarter for required lab fee

Upper Division Science Credit

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


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

Purce Hall 4 - Lecture


Date Revision
2022-04-28 $50 required fee added per quarter