BIOS S-1A Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology

7-week session | CRN 33926

The principles of molecular and cellular biology are covered in this course, with a focus on molecular mechanisms, energy, metabolism, and genetics. The emphasis is on cells as systems for the capture and transformation of energy, the processing of molecular information, and the relationship between form and function. Laboratory and discussion sections allow students to reinforce concepts covered in lecture. BIOS S-1a is part of an introductory biology series (BIOS S-1a and BIOS S-1b) that fulfills the medical school admission requirement of two semesters of biology. (Note: BIOS S-1a is not a prerequisite for BIOS S-1b. Students are welcome to take BIOS S-1b before BIOS S-1a.)

Course information
Class meetings

Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8:30-11:30 am
Harvard Art Museums 0505

Required labs Thursdays, 1-4 pm. Required sections to be arranged.

Start date

Tuesday, June 26


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

  • Limited to 160 students
  • Prerequisites

    High school mathematics, chemistry, and biology. College-level chemistry is not required but is strongly recommended. Students are assumed to be familiar with atomic structures, types of bonding, electronegativity, pH, redox reactions, and chemical and structural formulas.


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    Diane Phuong Nghinh Lam, PhD.

    Research Associate in Microbiology and Immunology, Harvard Medical School

    Registration opens March 1

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