Course Overview

This course is designed as an introduction to the key concepts of molecular biology, cell biology, and basic genetics. It will cover important topics with a focus on the impact on human health, such as the structure and function of biological molecules, cell structure, function, and division, including an overview of inheritance, an introduction to metabolism, cellular respiration, and basic principles of animal form and function.

Note:  This course is a lecture only. If needed, please register for the accompanying lab (HBIO 451-DL) separately.

Type  Lecture


Sandra Buerger, PhD


3 undergraduate


Online Asynchronous




$1,620.00 (Fees included)

What to Expect in this Course

This course is fully asynchronous - there are no required meeting times.

Course activities are organized into modules of 1-2 weeks in length.

Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule.

While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a. general idea of what you can expect from a typical week.

Course Activity Hours Per Week

Self Directed Learning

  • Reading Textbooks
  • Watching mini-lectures, videos
  • Listening to podcasts


  • Mini quizzes
  • Learning checkpoints

Other Assignments

  • Exams
  • Case studies
  • Research summaries

Discussion Boards

  • Initial posting
  • Reading posts
  • Responding to peer posts
Total Time 10-15
  • Atoms, Elements and Matter; Structure of Molecules and Compounds; Water
  • Carbohydrates; Lipids; Proteins; Nucleic Acids
  • Cells; Eukaryotic Cells
  • Cell Membranes; Membrane Transport; Exocytosis and Endocytosis
  • Metabolism; Respiration
  • Fermentation and Anaerobic Respiration; Overview of Photosynthesis
  • Cell Division; Cell Cycle Control
  • Sexual Life Cycle Inheritance; Meiosis and Sexual Reproduction
  • Mendel’s Principles; Mendelian Inheritance; Non-Mendelian Inheritance; Mendelian Inheritance in Humans
  • DNA Replication; Mutations
  • Gene Expression; Transcription and Translation
  • Cell Differentiation; Animal Structure and Function

Course Materials

D2L Required
Textbook Required
Lab Kit / Supplies Not needed
Web-Based Learning Application Not needed
Standard word/ data processing capabilities Required
Ability to video conference Recommended
Ability to upload images/videos Recommended

D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.

Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.

Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.

Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.

Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.

Ability to video conference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.

Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.

Course Faculty

Sandra Buerger

Adjunct Associate Professor Team Lead for Science Lab Prerequisites Lecturer, Biology 1 & Microbiology Online Prerequisites for the Health Professions Term Lecturer

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