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  • learning sciences, learning engineering, biology education


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  • GRTE 5030 - Graduate Natural Sciences for Teachers
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Addresses special topics in natural sciences with an emphasis on building conceptual understanding of content and enhancing teacher's practice in teaching this content.
  • MCDB 1150 - Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Covers biologically important macromolecules and biological processes, together with an introduction to cell structure, function, and physiology. Provides the foundation for advanced MCDB courses to majors, and a rigorous overview of modern biology to non-majors. Degree credit not granted for this course and MCDB 1111. Recommended prerequisite: high school chemistry and algebra, and recommended corequisite of MCDB 1152.
  • MCDB 2150 - Principles of Genetics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Introduces the behavior of genes and chromosomes in eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms. Covers three areas: transmission genetics, molecular genetics, and population genetics. Attention is given to genetic mapping, recombinant DNA procedures, and gene expression. Recommended prerequisite: MCDB 1150 or EBIO 1210 or CHEN 2810 (minimum grade C-) and recommended corequisite of MCDB 2152. Degree credit not granted for this course and MCDB 2222.
  • MCDB 2152 - Problem Solving Co-Seminars for Genetics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Uses problem solving and other interactive group work to aid student learning in MCDB 2150. Students will work in small groups on learning and practicing how to solve difficult conceptual problems, as well as using hands-on activities and concept mapping to help learn content. Recommended corequisite: MCDB 2150.

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