Molecular biology is the study of how biological molecules hold information, replicate information, and use information to adapt to environmental changes. In this course, students investigate how information is stored in DNA, how DNA is replicated, how DNA encodes instructions for other biomolecules like proteins (in genes), and how genes are turned on or off in response to the environment. Classroom sessions variously involve group work, discussions, presentations, and lectures. Students investigate cell and tissue specific gene expression in the laboratory through open inquiry. Three lecture and four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: Chem 116 and Biol 221.