Summer 2020 Online Courses Offered

MCB Summer 2020 Courses

All courses noted below will be taught fully online. 

For the most up-to-date and detailed information regarding course offerings, visit the UA Course Catalog.

Summer Session Information, click here
For MCB major requirements, click here.
For Introductory Biology information, click here.

5 week First - June 8 - July 9th

MCB 181 R Introductory Biology (3 units)

This is a core course required for the MCB major. Introduction to biology covers fundamental principles in molecular and cellular biology and basic genetics. Emphasis is placed on biological function at the molecular level, with a focus on the structure and regulation of genes, the structure and synthesis of proteins, how these molecules are integrated into cells, and how these cells are integrated into multicellular systems. Examples stem from current research in bacteria, plants, and animals (including humans) in the areas of cell biology, genetics, molecular medicine and immunology.

This course will be taught on a schedule using Zoom Monday -Friday 11am - 12:45pm. 
Instructor: Susan Jorstad
Syllabus: MCB 181R Course Syllabus

MCB 404 - Bioethics (3 units)

Molecular biology is the science that undertakes the task to explain the molecular mechanisms that keep living organisms functioning. Getting to know these mechanisms is not only interesting from the pure sense of knowledge, but this information can be used to manipulate the physiology of the organism. The speed at which many biological discoveries have taken place in the last decades has been extraordinary. Terms like stem cell, gene cloning, and crops bioengineering are commonly used by science students in high school and the general public, and you hear about them in the media frequently. Many of these discoveries have immediate applications while others could (or will) be used in future ones. Many scholars (scientists in general and philosophers in particular) have raised concerns on the moral/ethical implications of several applications of this knowledge. This course is intended to bring these concerns to the consideration of this class. We will present and evaluate a select number of topics from the following points of view: 1) the science of the issue in question, 2) the significance and application of this scientific knowledge, 3) moral and ethical issues raised by the application of this science, 4) the social impact, and 5) legal consideration that these advances of biology could cause. We will evaluate, analyze, and argue each of these points. 
NEW Topic added for Summer 2020 course: Dr. Pimentel will discuss the ethics of pandemic and quarantine as a result of our current COVID-19 pandemic
This course will be taught asynchronously and will not have a set schedule. Students can watch the lectures on their own schedule. Office hours will be available via zoom.
Instructor: Angel Pimentel
Syllabus: 
 
MCB 422 - Problem Solving with Genetic Tools 
Computer-simulated laboratory.  Solving problems via genetic experiments in phage, yeast, and Mendelian genetic systems.  Individual and team projects require deduction and discovery of genotype, pathway, and genetic phenomena through crosses and phenotypic observation.  1 hour of lecture or one hour of on-line tutorial plus 6 hour of lab (on-line) each week.  Honors contract available and requires completion of additional problems in each section.
This course will be taught asynchronously and will not have a set schedule. Students can watch the lectures on their own schedule. Office hours will be available via zoom.
Instructor: Stephanie Capaldi
Syllabus: 

 

7 Week Second: July 6 - August 21

 

MCB 181 R Introductory Biology (3 units)

This is a core course required for the MCB major. Introduction to biology covers fundamental principles in molecular and cellular biology and basic genetics. Emphasis is placed on biological function at the molecular level, with a focus on the structure and regulation of genes, the structure and synthesis of proteins, how these molecules are integrated into cells, and how these cells are integrated into multicellular systems. Examples stem from current research in bacteria, plants, and animals (including humans) in the areas of cell biology, genetics, molecular medicine and immunology.

This course will be taught asynchronously and will not have a set schedule. Students can watch the lectures on their own schedule. Office hours will be available via zoom.
Instructor: Lisa Rezende
Syllabus:  MCB 181R Spring 2020 Rezende (summer 2020 syllabus will be posted on D2L)

MCB 181 L Introductory Biology Laboratory (1 unit)

This is a core course required for the MCB major. Laboratory exercises presenting techniques and fundamental principles of modern biology. Designed to complement the information concurrently presented in MCB 181R.
Students would need to email introbio@email.arizonz.edu to request entry in the class.
Instructor: Lisa Rezende
Syllabus:MCB 181L online syllabus  (summer 2020 syllabus will be posted on D2L)
 

MCB 410 -  Cell Biology (3 units)

This course will present concepts critical to our understanding of cell structure and function to intermediate-level students. The course will highlight key molecular processes that determine the organization and function of eukaryotic cells, including membrane structure and synthesis, protein localization and function, cytoskeletal-directed movement, mitochondrial ATP generation, cell signaling, and cell cycle regulation. Students will use the information presented in online lectures, in the required text, and in relevant online videos to answer questions about cellular processes and to interpret data obtained using modern cell biological techniques.

This course will be taught asynchronously and will not have a set schedule. Students can watch the lectures on their own schedule. Office hours will be available via zoom.

Instructor: Telsa Mittelmeier
Syllabus: Syllabus MCB 410 Spring 2020  (summer 2020 syllabus will be posted on D2L)