MCDB 429 - Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)
Department: LSA Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Enforced Prerequisites:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Previous or concurrent enrollment in BIOLOGY 305 and (MCDB 310, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 351).
Other Course Info:
This course can be used to satisfy requirements for the Cell and Molecular Biology Concentration and the Biology Concentration. W. Satisfies a Biology laboratory requirement.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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This laboratory course encompasses a broad spectrum of common methods and theory essential to Cellular and Molecular Biology concentrations.

The projects include several kinds of microscopy, cellular organelle isolation, gel electrophoresis, Western blotting, column chromatography, and tissue culture, in addition to molecular biology methods such as plasmid construction, transfection, polymerase chain reaction, Southern blotting, and CRISPR-Cas-9.

This course can be used to satisfy requirements for the Cell and Molecular Biology Concentration and the Biology Concentration.

Course Requirements:

Grades are based on two exams, laboratory quizzes, and a term-long grant proposal project that may be completed individually or in a self-organized group, several small projects that are extensions of the lab material, and oral presentations as a group in lab.

Class Format:

The 50-minute lecture each week is used to introduce the methodology and techniques that will be encountered in the lab. Two weekly lab sessions are arranged in a project-based format.


MCDB 429 - Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
F 11:00AM - 12:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
002 (LAB)
 In Person
TuTh 9:00AM - 12:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
003 (LAB)
 In Person
TuTh 2:00PM - 5:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22
004 (LAB)
 In Person
TuTh 6:00PM - 9:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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