C2006 /F2402 '16 -- Introduction to Molecular & Cellular Biology II /Contemporary Biology II
Last update 01/12/2016

This is a brief overview. Go to Courseworks or to http://www.columbia.edu/cu/biology/courses/c2006/ for links to expanded versions with all details. See 'About C2006' or 'About F2402'

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, with a grade of C- or better. Undergraduates in CC, GS & SEAS should enroll in C2006.   All other students must enroll in F2402. Note that there are 2 sections of C2006 so that you can still enroll if you have a course conflict with the morning lectures. Any exceptions to any of the rules on this page must be approved by Dr. Mowshowitz, the sooner the better.

: The lectures in C2006 and F2402 are identical, and are given twice a day, morning and afternoon. Students in either course may attend either set of lectures. (You may register for one time and attend the other time if you have a course conflict, oversleep, or just can't make it.)
        Morning lectures:  10:10 - 11:25 am, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 417 IAB
        Evening lectures:   4:10 - 5:25 pm, Tuesdays  & Thursdays, 301 Pupin

: The recitations for the two courses are separate. C2006 students may not attend F2402 recitations or vice versa. 
  C2006 Students:  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.  Recitations start the second week of classes on the first Monday of the term.  Please sign up for recitation (C2016) only through the registrar as soon as possible. The times & places will be posted on the course website and the DOC (Dir. of Classes).
  F2402 Students:   F2402 is a 3 point course, and recitations are optional.  Students registered for F2402 who wish to attend recitation may go to any of the F2402 recitations; no sign ups are necessary. (Rooms & times will be posted on the web site, and recitations will start 1/26/16. Times will be the same as last term.) Students in F2402 are urged to form study groups, especially if they cannot attend recitation.

There will be three midterm exams and a final.  The lowest midterm grade will be dropped. The midterms for both classes are given at the same time, in the late afternoon (4:10) or evening (probably 6:10 or later). Exact times will depend on room limitations, and will be published as soon as possible. Students with conflicting classes may take the exams at the 'other' time. If you have a time conflict with both exam times, please email Amanda, am4492@columbia.edu  as soon as possible. Exam days are listed on the home page and the schedule; be sure to check them before making travel plans.  

: The grade for the course is based on the best 2 midterm exams & the final exam, 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 grading scale; there is no advantage to be gained (gradewise) by taking "the other" course.
A few "extra credit" points may be earned at the SURF symposium. The symposium is the second week of class -- don't miss the opportunity! See web site for details.

COURSE WEB SITE: The Course web site is on Courseworks. You can also reach it from http://www.columbia.edu/cu/biology/courses/c2006/
    Access to the web site is required. All details of schedules, reading assignments, exam dates, announcements made in class, answers to exams & review questions, and class handouts will be posted on this website. Answers to students will be posted on Piazza (reachable from the web site).





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office hours

Dr. Mowshowitz




Tues  &  Thurs. 2-3 or by appt., in 744D or 744E in Mudd.
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 office is 744 D Mudd, which can  be reached from the connecting doors on the 6th or 7th floor of Fairchild.  

: All books should be on reserve in the Science Library in the Northwest Corner Building. Details on readings are posted on course website. Note that many students feel that it is NOT necessary to purchase anything but the Learners' Manual, aka, the problem book.

1. Sadava, et al, Life, The Science of Biology, 10th ed, Sinauer, 2014. 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, or an earlier edition of Sadava/Purves, you do not need to buy this one.

2. Hardin, Bertoni & Kleinsmith  Becker's World of the Cell, 8th ed, Benjamin Cummings, 2012. Same text as first term. 7th ed (Becker et al) is also okay. (If 9th edition becomes available, it will be okay too.)

3. A recent edition of a physiology book is recommended if you want to go into physiology in more depth or plan to take physiology later. We recommend Sherwood, Human Physiology: From Cells to Systems, & Silverthorne, Human Physiology:An Integrated Approach (the text currently used in the 3000 level course).  Any recent edition of these texts or any other decent physiology book will do too.

4. Mowshowitz, A Learner's Manual: Problems in Cell Biology, Physiology & Development, 11th edition, 2016. When the manual is ready, it will be available at the Village Copier on Amsterdam near 118th St. You do NOT need this book in advance. Please do not pester the Village Copier. We will tell you when the manual  is ready.