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BIOSCI 180 - Biology of Cancer - Dr. Kelly Cude

Course:Biology of Cancer
Professor:Dr. Kelly Cude
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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I lost my grandfather to melanoma at age 9 and have been fascinated by cancer ever since.  Throughout my ten years of undergrad and graduate education, my research has focused on understanding the biological basis of cancer formation and the development of novel therapeutics to use in patients.

I value the opportunity to share my experience with students and to hear their personal stories of how cancer has affected their families. My goal with this class is to encourage an open dialogue about all aspects of cancer.  From identifying risk factors and cancer “myths”, to highlighting the current techniques used in cancer detection and treatment, if you have questions, we can find the answers!

Course Description

This lecture only biology course introduces the basic principles underlying the development and treatment of cancer including risk factors, tumor formation, cancer genes, and innovative therapies. While having a background in biology is helpful, this class is taught with the expectation that students have minimal biology knowledge so that students can use this course to fill a Life Science, General Ed requirement.

What to Expect in this Course

This class is being offered as 100% online, meaning there will be no synchronous class meetings. Course material will be presented using a mixture of pre-recorded lecture videos and accompanying PowerPoint slides, select scientific articles, case studies, movie clips, animations and discussion boards. Please check under the Modules tab in our course Canvas Shell for all course materials and assignments.

Types of Assessments

Course grades will be based on the following components:

  • 1. Active participation in discussion board postings/group assignments
  • 2. Written responses to guided reading activities/case study questions
  • 3. Online Quizzes (a mixture of multiple choice & free response)

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!

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Course Textbook: Principles of Cancer Biology by Lewis J. Kliensmith

ISBN 10: 0805340033 ISBN 13: 9780805340037

Publisher: Pearson, 2005

This book can be rented from Amazon for approximately $25 for the semester.

*Supplemental articles will be posted to the course Canvas site.

Other Relevant Course Information

When there is good participation from students, this class can be an amazing learning experience for all of us. Students are expected to log in at least once a week to view course announcements, and to participate/contribute to discussion board postings (yes, I can see when you log in, and for how long!)

Please note: You must log in to the class and complete the Introduce Yourself assignment by the due dates at the end of the first week, or you will be dropped from the class as a no-show. Additionally, the instructor may drop students who do not regularly log in and participate in class posts at any time before the withdrawal (W) deadline.

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!

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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 05/28/2021 Sub#: 110