This course uses thought-provoking questions in biology to develop analytical skills, at the same time understanding what level of content is needed to address such questions. Each class will involve discussion of the questions as well as lecture material as background. It will thus provide an early exposure and springboard into the translation of biology content to problem-solving. The skills learned will be applicable to future challenges. The course focuses on molecular biology and processes central to all organisms on earth. The last component of the course will focus on microbiological research, gaining knowledge of the research enterprise to generate new knowledge and the primary literature (published manuscripts). Prerequisite: Freshman with an interest in biology career (e.g. graduate or health professions), who have had a biology course in high school. Limited to 10 students. Students must contact Prof Kranz with a resume and preliminary career goals statement (three sentences) before registration for Spring courses. Credit 3 units.
Course Attributes: AS NSM