C2006 /F2402 '04 -- Introduction to Molecular & Cellular Biology II /Contemporary Biology II

This is a brief overview. Go to http://www.columbia.edu/cu/biology/courses/c2006/ for an expanded version with all details.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Biology C2006/F2402 is the second term of a one year introductory course for science majors, premedical students and engineering students. Bio C2006/F2402 covers selected topics in cell biology, developmental biology and physiology. Students in this course should have completed Bio C2005/F2401 or the equivalent. Undergraduates in CC & SEAS should enroll in C2006, but may attend the evening lectures.  GS undergraduates may enroll in either C2006 or F2402. Post-baccalaureate students must enroll in F2402.

LECTURES: The lectures in C2006 and F2402 are identical, and students in either course may attend either set of lectures.
Morning lectures:  10:35 - 11:50 am, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 417 IAB
Evening lectures:   5:40 - 6:55 pm, Tuesdays  & Thursdays, 301 Pupin

RECITATIONS: The recitations for the two courses are separate.  Students registered for C2006 must attend one of the required C2006 recitations.  These recitations include a weekly quiz -- that's why C2006 is 4 points.  Recitation times and sign up procedures are on the course web page; please sign up this week.   C2006 students may not attend F2402 recitations.   F2402 is only a 3 point course, and recitations are optional.  Students registered for F2402 who wish to attend recitation must go to one of the  F2402 recitations, which are geared toward less traditional students;  F2402 students may not attend C2006 recitations.

EXAMS: There will be two midterm exams and a final.  The exams for both classes are given at the same time, at 5:40 in the evening. C2006 students with conflicting classes may take the exams at 7:30. If you have a time conflict with both exam times, please email Dr. Mowshowitz  as soon as possible.  Exam days are listed on the schedule; check them now, before making travel plans.  

GRADES: The grade for the course is based on the three exams, plus recitation points for C2006 students. All details are on the web site. The grading scale for both courses is the same (except for the points earned in recitation) -- it is set by the undergraduate students in C2006 and then the F2402 grades follow the same scale. Note that the test scores earned by the post bacs do not affect the "curve"; there is no advantage to be gained (gradewise) by taking "the other" course.

COURSE WEB SITE: The address of the course web site is:   http://www.columbia.edu/cu/biology/courses/c2006/
You can also reach this web site as follows: Columbia home page > Schools & Departments > Biological Sciences > Courses > C2006.  Access to the web site is required. All details of schedules, reading assignments, exam dates, announcements made in class, and answers to questions you email us will be posted on this website.






office hours

Dr. Mowshowitz




Wed. & Thurs. 1-2 or by appointment. Email or call to make an appointment.

*The mailboxes are the metal ones located on the 7th floor of Fairchild near the Fairchild elevators. The wooden boxes in Mudd are not active mailboxes. The instructors' offices are in 744 Mudd, which can also be reached from the connecting doors on the 7th floor of Fairchild.  

: All books are on reserve in the Biology Library, 6th Floor Fairchild.  Readings are posted on course website. 

1. Purves, Orians & Heller, Life, The Science of Biology, 6th ed, Sinauer, 2001. This is the text used in the first term, but you can find the same material in any of the general biology texts on the market. If you already have a different standard bio text, you do not need to buy this one.

2. Becker, Kleinsmith & Hardin, The World of the Cell, 5th ed, Benjamin Cummings, 2003. Same text as first term. 4th ed is also okay.

3. Sherwood, Human Physiology: From Cells to Systems; 5th ed, Brooks/Cole 2004. This is recommended if you want to go into physiology in more depth. The 4th ed. (2000) is good too.

4. Mowshowitz & Gibber, Problems in Cell Biology, Physiology & Development, 4th edition, revised, 2004. This problem book will be available at the Village Copier. It will be similar to the 4th edition of last year. (The version from '03 is in the bio library now.)