BIOS S-150 The Biology of Cancer

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7-week session | CRN 33128

This course explores the biology of cancer. We start by examining the personal, social, and economic consequences of this disease. We then focus on the cellular and molecular biology of cancer. We study the nature of cancer, the role of viruses in cancer, cellular oncogenes, cellular signaling mechanisms, tumor suppressor genes, and the maintenance of genomic integrity. We also examine the regulation of the cell cycle, apoptosis, cellular immortalization, tumorigenesis, angiogenesis, and metastasis. Finally, we examine how modern molecular medicine is being used to treat cancer.

Course information
Class meetings

On campus
Mondays, Wednesdays, noon-3 pm
Science Center Hall E

Optional sections Mondays, Wednesdays, 3-4 pm.

Start date

Monday, June 19


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

  • Registration Closed
  • Prerequisites

    BIOS S-1a and BIOS S-1b, or the equivalent, plus an additional college-level biology course.


    Not open to Secondary School Program students. Harvard College students see additional information.




    Steven Theroux, PhD.

    Professor of Biology, Assumption College

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