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 SCI 231 - Molecular Biology and Cell Biology


This course is designed for the life sciences' student who is prepared to dive deeper into the details of life processes. New discoveries and advancements in scientific research are proposed everyday all around us. It can be overwhelming to keep up. This course provides the foundation for students to understand a vast array of practical applications in a multitude of life science topics (e.g. biotechnology, industry, medicine, agriculture, ecology, etc.). Students will take a closer look at cellulary biology of mostly eukaryotes, but also prokaryotes, gaining a comprehensive understanding of cell structure and physiology. 

Concepts from the SCI131 (SCILIFE101) course, Introduction to Life Sciences, will be revisited and students will learn the underlying molecular mechanisms. By applying their detailed understanding of molecular biology, students will examine current research topics and examine methods used to study the invisible world of molecular biology. From the student's independent research, they will analyze methods in published studies and evaluate those results. Students will also be encouraged to question the reproducibility of results and propose how modernization of methods using existing (and/or theoretical) technologies would improve the limitations of research and the validity of results. 

The course consists of five parts:

  • Introduction to the cell: organelles, membranes, cytoskeleton and macromolecules

  • DNA: DNA to Proteins, replication, repair and genomes

  • Bioenergetics: How cells use energy 

  • Cellular communication: signals/receptors, cell division, cancer

  • Methods used in molecular biology  ​


Dr. Theresa Dinse​




The following course is required in order to take this course:

Required for

This course is required in order to take the following course:

  • SCI 337 Pharmacology
  • SCI 363 Molecular Pathology and Genetics