BIOL 321/BIOL 331 Molecular Biology/Molecular Biology Lab

This course is designed to help students to develop an understanding of the molecular mechanisms that biological organisms use to store and preserve genetic information, the means by which they use that information to create functional biological structures, and the techniques that are commonly used to manipulate and study these processes in the laboratory. A basic understanding of chemistry, biology, and biochemistry will be assumed. The goal of the accompanying laboratory sessions is to help students to develop an understanding of the study of molecular biology in the laboratory; develop an understanding of the technical limitations and potential errors that can be encountered in the laboratory; develop an understanding of the scientific method and the source of the facts studied in lecture; and develop the ability to interpret, organize, and present scientific information.