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Cell and Molecular Biology

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Cell and Molecular Biology (common course-id BIOL 190), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number: BIOL 190

General Course Description - BIOL 190

This course, intended for majors, will cover principles and applications of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure and function, biological molecules, homeostasis, cell reproduction and its controls, molecular genetics, classical/Mendelian genetics, cell metabolism including photosynthesis and respiration, and cellular communication.  The philosophy of science, methods of scientific inquiry and experimental design are foundational to the course.

Minimum Units: 4.0 


Prerequisites: Completed one semester general chemistry (C-ID CHEM 110); Eligible for college-level math (C-ID MATH 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 151 OR any other course with Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite)

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: Eligible for English Composition (C-ID ENGL 100)

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify and describe biological molecules and cell structures and explain their functions
  • Compare and contrast cellular processes and interactions between prokaryotes and eukaryotes (including metabolism, reproduction, communication) 
  • Apply the principles of classical and molecular genetics to solve problems in genetics or biotechnology.
  • Relate evolutionary processes to the origin and evolution of cells.
  • Explain how DNA replicates and transmits genetic information within organisms. 
  • Apply the processes of scientific inquiry and experimental design to the study of biological concepts.
  • Acquire, read, evaluate, apply and cite scientific literature
  • Practice scientific writing


A variety of assessment techniques that may include:

  • midterm examinations,
  • term papers,
  • projects,
  • homework problems, and
  • laboratory reports.

There should be a writing component.

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Biology - Open Textbook
    Biology - Open Textbook (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This is a free textbook offered by OpenStax. Biology is grounded in an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features... More
  • Current Frontiers and Perspectives in Cell Biology
    A numerous internationally renowned authors in the pages of this book present the views of the fields of cell biology... More
  • Cell Biology and Genetics
    Cell Biology and Genetics (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Section A will introduce you to cells (cell theory),the molecular and structural organizations of prokaryotic and... More
  • Structure & Function of Major Cell Components
    Part of our definition/description of what it means to be a living thing on Earth includes the assertion that living... More
  • Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution and Ecology
    The motive of the authors main motive remained to provide relevant coloured photographs explaining various intricate... More
  • Inside the Cell
    Inside the Cell (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Basic cellular biology. Topics include Guide to the Cell, Cellular Specialties, and Cellular Reproduction. Glossary... More