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BIOSCI 107 - Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology - Dr. Kelly Cude

Course:Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
Professor:Dr. Kelly Cude
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Welcome to BIO 107!!

My name is Dr Cude (it’s like dude with a “C”) and I’m excited that we are going to spend the semester together learning about how life works at the molecular level. I first became fascinated by cells and molecular biology when I realized that our bodies are made up of 100,000,000,000,000 independent cells, each considered “life” in their own right. These independent living cells come together and through an elaborate system of communication and gene regulation coordinate everything that we experience as a human from hunger and headaches, to jealousy and love.


Course Description

Cells are the foundational unit of all living things. This course introduces the principles of cellular form and function including: bioenergetics and metabolism, genetics and gene regulation, cellular anatomy and physiology, and modern molecular biology techniques used in disease detection, forensics (crime scene analysis), and biotechnology.  We will cover 18 chapters of lecture material and 13 different labs, which provide a practical application to re-enforce material learned in lecture.  Each week we will cover the equivalent of 6 hours of face to face content: 3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab. All content is 100% online.

What to Expect in this Course

This is a majors biology course and consistent, active participation is required to be successful. Logging onto Canvas a minimum of three times a week will be necessary to complete theassigned tasks.  All lectures are provided asynchronously as pre-recorded videos. I will post three hours worth of lecture videos per week (matching the face to face time for weekly lectures). Labs will be a combination of synchronous (Online LIVE) and asynchronous (complete online at your own pace) activities. Lab reports and lab quizzes will be due weekly according to the class syllabus/schedule.  Each week we will cover the equivalent of 6 hours of face to face content: 3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab. The schedule of a typical A sample week includes:

  • LAB Report (due on your lab day)-requires 3 hours to complete
  • LAB Quiz (open Tues-Thurs)-requires 30 minutes to complete
  • LECTURE Videos-requires 3 hours to watch & answer assigned problems

All lectures are provided asynchronously (Online) as pre-recorded videos posted to weekly modules. I will post three hours worth of lecture videos per week (matching the face to face time for weekly lectures). All labs are posted as self-guided activities, including instructions, data sets, and videos to be analyzed and completed by students and submitted as a lab report each week (matching face to face time, labs are expected to take approximately 3 hrs to complete)

Lecture videos and activities, discussion boards, lab reports, and study guides will be posted to the course Canvas site.

Types of Assessments

Weekly lab reports (file uploads), weekly online lab quizzes, 2 discussion board posts/replies, 4 online lecture exams, 1 online cumulative lab final.


  • All exams and quizzes are given via Canvas Assessment software, which requires the use of the CHROME internet browser.
  • Exams and quizzes CANNOT be taken using a handheld mobile device/phone
  • I do NOT require the use of Proctorio or WebCam during exams/assessments

Textbook Information

LIFE: The Science of Biology, custom Volume 1 (e-book) ISBN: 9781319402532

eBook Rental Information (through COC Bookstore or direct from Vital Source Vendor)


ISBN: 9781319402532

Net Price: $47.99 Duration: 6 months

Other Relevant Course Information

I realize that difficulties can arise during any semester, and perhaps more so during this COVID-mandated online instruction (from unexpected WIFI and power outages to family health concerns).  Please communicate with me if/when difficulties arise so that I can help you!

Please Note: You can be DROPPED for Lack of Participation

  • Students who do not complete the “Introduce yourself” Discussion Board by 11:59pm Friday of the first week of class or do not complete the lab quiz or lab report assignments due within the first two weeks of the class will be automatically dropped to bring in students from the waitlist.
  • Students who miss more than two labs cannot receive credit for the class, according to our transfer agreement with universities.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 05/27/2021 Sub#: 90