Biol 2020: Lecture schedule and reading...

Spring 2017 (Draft. Subject to change!)

Classes are held Tues/Thurs from 2:00 - 3:20 PM in ASB 220. A 5' break will be given midway through most class periods.

The following schedule of lectures and assigned reading is tentative. Major changes/additions will be announced in class and/or posted on the course website. If you rely on the printed lecture notes during class, plan ahead (bring notes for the current and next scheduled lecture). For a printable PDF of the syllabus and lecture schedule, click here...

Links to PDFs (<PDF>) & printable Powerpoint files (with white background and no animations, <PPT>) of each lecture can be found below (opening PDF files requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).  A viewer for Powerpoint files is available here...

Disclaimers: Course notes, handouts, and/or other supplementary materials are provided as a courtesy to the students, and are not meant to substitute for attending lectures or taking notes!

Powerpoint files are provided for your convenience, I do not provide technical support for Powerpoint...


Lecture 1 (10 Jan): Course organization. What are cells? The “Cell theory” of life. The diversity of cell form and function. ECB4 Ch 1:1-36.

<PDF 4.2 MB>   <PPT 23 MB>

Lecture 2 (12 Jan): How we see cells: microscopes. Cell evolution. ECB4 Ch 7:253-257.

Notes and PPTs continued from lecture 1.


Lecture 3 (17 Jan): The chemistry of cells. ECB4 Ch 2:39-69; incl panels 2-1 (pp66-67) & 2-2.

<PDF 0.5 MB>   <PPT 1.2 MB>

Lecture 4 (19 Jan): Amino acids and proteins. ECB4 Ch 2:55-56, 60-61, and panel 2-5 (pp74-75). Ch 4:121-168, incl panels 4-3 thru 4-6.

<PDF 1.4 MB>   <PPT 6 MB>


Lecture 5 (24 Jan): Lipids and biological membranes: structure and function; Membrane proteins and transport. ECB4 Ch 2:53-55, incl panel 2-4 (pp70-71); Ch 11:359-381; and Ch 12:383-403.

<PDF 1.5 MB>    <PPT 7.7 MB>

Lecture 6 (26 Jan): Intro to carbs, thermodynamics, and metabolism; glycolysis. Review ECB4 Chs 2:52-53, incl panel 2-3 (pp70-71); 3:83-116; Ch 13:419-429, and 4:144-154 (not panel 4-2).

<PDF 1.5 MB>    <PPT 5.5 MB>


Lecture 7 (31 Jan): Carbos and energy (continued): glycolysis and the TCA cycle. ECB4 Ch 13:419-444, incl panels 13-1 and 13-2 (pp434-435).

Notes continued from lecture 6.

Lecture 8 (2 Feb): Metabolism (continued from L6-7); Mitochondria and oxidative phosphorylation. ECB4 Ch 14:447-469.

<PDF 1.2 MB>   <PPT 6 MB>


Lecture 9 (7 Feb): Chloroplasts and photosynthesis. ECB4 Ch 14:469-483. 

PDF and inverted PPTs continued from Lecture 8.

A review for Exam #1 will be held Wed 8 Feb from 3:30-5 PM in 220 ASB.

Exam #1: 9 Feb

I try to write exams that can be completed within the alloted class time. However, students are occasionally provided with additional time. Please plan your schedule accordingly.


Lecture 10 (14 Feb): The “Central Dogma of Molecular Biology:” from DNA to RNA to protein; DNA structure and chromosomes. ECB4 Ch 2:56-58 and panel 2-6 (pp76-77); and Ch 5:171-195.

<PDF 1.5 MB>   <PPT 8 MB>

Lecture 11 (16 Feb): DNA replication and repair. Review Ch 5:171-195; and Ch 6:197-220.

Notes and PPT files continued from lecture 10.


Lecture 12 (21 Feb): From DNA to RNA: RNA structure and transcription. ECB4 Ch 7:224-238; review pp 253-257 and essential concepts in transcription in pp256-258.

<PDF 0.7 MB>  <PPT 3 MB>

Lecture 13 (23 Feb): Nucleic acid techniques & Recombinant DNA technology. ECB4 Ch 10:325-356.

<PDF 0.8 MB>    <PPT 5 MB >


Lecture 14 (28 Feb): The regulation of gene expression. ECB4 Ch 8:261-285.

<PDF 0.6 MB>   <PPT 2 MB>

Lecture 15 (2 Mar): The evolution of genes and genomes. Viruses and mobile genetic elements. ECB4 Ch 9:289-321.

<PDF 1 MB>   <PPT 3 MB>


Lecture 16 (7 Mar): From RNA to protein: translation, protein folding, and protein degradation... ECB4 Ch 7:238-253 and appropriate essential concepts in pp256-258. Review pp126-127 incl figs. 4-5 thru 4-10.

<PDF 1.5 MB>   <PPT 7 MB>

A review for Exam #2 will be held Wed 8 Mar from 3:30-5 PM in 220 ASB.

Exam #2: 9 March

I try to write exams that can be completed within the alloted class time. However, students are occasionally provided with additional time. Please plan your schedule accordingly.


March 13-17 is SPRING BREAK. No Classes!


Lecture 17 (21 Mar): Translation, protein folding, and protein degradation, continued. Targeting proteins to membranes and organelles. ECB4 Ch 15:488-498 and appropriate essential concepts in pp520-522.

<PDF 1.5 MB>   <PPT 4.5 MB>

Lecture 18 (23 Mar): The “Signal Hypothesis:” translation of secretory and membrane proteins. Vesicle trafficking: budding, targeting, and fusion. ECB4 Ch 15:498-515 and appropriate essential concepts in pp520-522.

<PDF 1.5 MB>   <PPT 5 MB>


Lecture 19 (28 Mar): Vesicle trafficking: budding, targeting, and fusion, continued.

PDF and notes PPT continued from L18.

Lecture 20 (30 Mar): Endocytosis and phagocytosis. Review ECB4 Ch 15:515-522. Introduction to the cytoskeleton. Intermediate filaments. ECB4 Ch 17:565-571 & appropriate esential concepts in pp599-600 (notes for intermediate filaments are in L21 with Actin & Muscle).

<PDF 1 MB>   <PPT 2.5 MB>


Lecture 21 (4 Apr): Intermediate filaments (continued); Actin and myosin in muscle and non-muscle cells. ECB4 Ch 17:583-599 & appropriate esential concepts in pp599-600.

<PDF MB 2.5 MB>   <PPT 10 MB>

A review for Exam #3 will be held Wed 5 April from 3:30-5 PM in 220 ASB.

Exam #3: 6 April

I try to write exams that can be completed within the alloted class time. However, students are occasionally provided with additional time. Please plan your schedule accordingly.


Lecture 22 (11 Apr): Microtubules and flagellae. ECB4 Ch 17:571-584. Appropriate essential concepts in pp599-600.

<PDF 6.5 MB>   <PPT 13 MB>

Lecture 23 (13 Apr): The regulation of the cell cycle and cell division. ECB4 Ch 18:603-642.

<PDF 2.5 MB>   <PPT 9 MB>


Lecture 24 (18 Apr): Cell division (continued from Lecture 23).

Lecture 25 (20 Apr): From cells to tissues to organisms: Cell communication... ECB4 Ch 16:525-563.

<PDF <1 MB>   <PPT 1.5 MB>


Lecture 26 (25 Apr): Cell adhesion, ECM, cell junctions, Cell renewal in tissues and organisms: stem cells and differentiation; a word or two about colons and cancer. ECB4 Ch 20:683-725.

<PDF 2 MB>   <PPT 15 MB>


A review for the final exam will be held from 3:30-5 PM Monday 1 May in ABS 220.

***** Final Exam *****
Tuesday 2 May
1:00 - 3:00 PM (note the time!)

I try to write exams that can be completed within the alloted class time (120 minutes). However, students are occasionally provided with additional time. Please plan your schedule accordingly.



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