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Bio 93: DNA to Organisms

Bio 93: DNA to Organisms is taught in Fall Quarter by Professors Jorge Busciglio, Kim Green, and Marcelo Wood.

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Dr. Jorge Busciglio Dr. Kim Green Dr. Marcelo Wood

Bio 93 is the first class taught in the core sequence required for all Biology majors at UCI.  The department of Neurobiology and Behavior teaches 3 sections (C, D and E) of Bio 93, while sections A and B are taught by faculty from the department of Developmental and Cell Biology.  This intro class covers the molecules that form the building blocks of all life on this planet, and how they work together to form working, functional and specialized cells, organs, and individuals.  The classes are designed to be interactive and entertaining, with lectures complemented by weekly small discussion groups.

The course format is large lecture halls with typically 400 students per class, with discussion groups of ~30 students.  Grades are determined through a mixture of participation (through iClickers and discussion activities), and midterm + final exams.  Textbook: UCI-Biology 93 5th edition, which is a customized edition of Biology by Campbell and Reece, 10th edition, Benjamin Cummings Ed.  You can purchase the book at the UCI Bookstore. The book comes bundled with the clicker we use in class.

Sample Syllabus:

Lecture Topic:
Introduction: Themes in Biology
2.1 Building the Cell I: atoms, molecules, water
2.2 Building the Cell II: Macromolecules I; Carbon, Carbohydrates, lipids
2.3 Building the Cell III: Macromolecules IIProteins, nucleic acids
1.1 Tour of the cell I: Single cell dynamics, membrane structure
1.2 Tour of the cell II: Membrane trafficking: passive and active transport
1.3 Tour of the cell III: Cytoskeleton, mitochondria, Chloroplasts, extracellular matrix
1.4 Tour of the cell IV: Nucleus, ER, golgi, lysosome
1.5 Tour of the cell V: Cell communication
3.1 Powering the cell I: ATP, enzymes
3.2 Powering the cell II: Cellular Respiration
3.3 Powering the cell III: Photosynthesis
4.1 Dividing the Cell I: Cell cycle, mitosis
4.2 Dividing the Cell II: Cell cycle regulation, cancer
4.2 Dividing the Cell III: Meiosis and sexual life cycle: Role of meiosis, genetic variation
5.1 Genes and Chromosomes I: Mendel and the Gene
5.2 Genes and Chromosomes II: Human Genetic Disease
5.3 Genes and Chromosomes III: Alterations of Chromosomes
6.1 Molecular Biology I: DNA – The molecular basis of inheritance
6.2 Molecular Biology II: DNA Replication and Repair
6.3 Molecular Biology III: Transcription
6.3 Molecular Biology IV: Translation
6.5 Molecular Biology V: Regulation of gene expression
6.6 Molecular Biology VI: Introduction to recombinant DNA technology
7.1 DevelopmentL: Genetic basis of development
8.1 Nervous System I: Physiology, membrane potential
8.2 Nervous System II: Organization, plasticity