This course is designed for students who seek to take bioinformatics courses but lack prerequisites in the biological sciences. The course covers essential aspects of biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology. Topics include the chemical foundations of life; cell organization and function; the structure and function of macromolecules; gene expression—transcription, translation, and regulation; biomembranes and transmembrane transport; metabolism and cellular energetics; and signal transduction. The application of foundational concepts in developmental biology, neurobiology, immunology, and cancer biology is also introduced.

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Not for graduate credit. Several courses in the Bioinformatics track of Computer Science require background in Molecular Biology. Students can fulfill this requirement by completing this course with a grade of B- or better.