M 01/30 1. Basics

Definition, Characteristics and Hierarchy of Life

Ecosystems and Populations

The Scientific Method

Classification and Naming
W 02/01 2. The Origin and Evolution of Life


The Origin of Life

The Geological Time Scale

Cellular History

Kingdoms and Domains
M 02/06 3. Inorganic Chemistry I

Definition, Classification and Properties of Matter


Chemical Reactions: Exergonic & Endergonic

Activation Energy

Atomic Structure

Oxidation and Reduction

The Periodic Table of Elements


Electrons and Energy
W 02/08 4. Inorganic Chemistry II

Elements, Compounds, Molecules and Mixtures

Bonds: Weak and Strong
M 02/13 Lincoln’s Birthday
W 02/15 5. Water and pH

Properties of H2O

Acids, Bases, pH, Buffers
M 02/20 President’s Day
T 02/21 6. Organic Chemistry

Importance of Carbon

Organic vs. Inorganic Compounds

The Hydrocarbons

Functional Groups

W 02/22 7. Macromolecules I

Monomers and Polymers

Dehydration Synthesis and Hydrolysis


M 02/27 Examination I (Lectures 1-6 inclusive)
W 02/29 8. Macromolecules II


Enzymes and Metabolic Pathways

Nucleic Acids

M 03/05 9. Cells

The Cell Theory

Methods of Studying Cells

Cellular Size Limitations

Cell Composition

Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells

Cellular Evolution: Anaerobic/Aerobic, Endosymbiosis

Viruses, Bacteria and Archaea
W 03/07 10. The Eukaryotic Cell

Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function
M 03/12 11. Membranes and Transport

Membrane Structure and Function

Passive Transport Processes

Active Transport Processes

Cell Surface Modifications
W 03/14 12. Energy

Cells and the Flow of Energy

Metabolic Reactions and Energy Transformations

Metabolic Pathways

Organelles and the Flow of Energy
M 03/19 Examination II (Lectures 7-11 inclusive)
W 03/21 13. Cellular Respiration I

Anaerobic Respiration

Glycolysis: Outside the Mitochondria

M 03/26 14. Cellular Respiration II

Aerobic Respiration

The Preparatory (Hub) Reaction

The Citric Acid Cycle

Electron Transport Chain

Metabolic Pool
W 03/28 15. Photosynthesis I

Photosynthetic Organisms

The Light Reactions
M 04/02 16. Photosynthesis II

The Dark Reactions: Calvin Cycle

C3 and C4 plants
W 04/04 17. Asexual Reproduction

Prokaryotic Division

The Cell Cycle and Control

Mitosis and Cytokinesis

The Cell Cycle and Cancer
M 04/16 18. Sexual Reproduction

Haploid, Diploid, Fertilization

Genetic Variation

W 04/18 Examination III (Lectures 12-18 inclusive)
M 04/23 19. Genetics I

Gregor Mendel

Mendel’s Laws

Human Genetic Disorders
W 04/25 20. Genetics II

Extending Mendelian Genetics

Multiple Allelic Traits

Incomplete Dominance, Pleiotropy, Polygenic, X-linked
M 04/30 21. Chromosomes
W 05/02 22. DNA

The genetic Material

DNA Structure

DNA Replication

Prokaryotic versus Eukaryotic Replication
M 05/07 23. Gene Function

Genetic Code


W 05/09 24. Genetic Regulation

Prokaryotic: Operons


Regulation Through Mutation
M 05/14 25. Biotechnology and Genomics I
W 05/19 Reading Day
M 05/21 26. Biotechnology and Genomics II
W 05/23 Examination IV (19-26 inclusive)

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