BME 50A Cell and Molecular Engineering (2016-2017)

BME 50A Cell and Molecular Engineering

(Required for BME. Selected Elective for ChE and MSE.)
Catalog Data:

BME 50A Cell and Molecular Engineering (Credit Units: 4) Physiological function from a cellular, molecular, and biophysical perspective. Applications to bioengineering design. Corequisite: BME1. Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 2)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0815341291.

Recommended Textbook:

Class notes posted on course website:

Wendy Liu
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Students will be able to understand the biochemical composition of cells.

2. Students will be able to understand the principles of genetics and heredity.

3. Students will be able to understand the molecular machinery controlling gene expression and recombinant DNA techniques.

4. Students will be able to apply knowledge of cell and molecular biology to understand developmental biology and approaches in regenerative medicine.

Prerequisites by Topic

Calculus, general chemistry and physics.

Lecture Topics:
  • Introduction to cells, microscopy, chemical components of cells
  • Energy, catalysis, and biosynthesis
  • Protein structure and function
  • DNA and chromosomes
  • DNA replication
  • Repair and recombination
  • From DNA to proteins
  • Control of gene expression, how genes and genomes evolve
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Web/e-mail access

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Biomedical Engineering Topics and Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

Lectures cover the principles of experimental design, analysis, and interpretation; reinforced in homework. Introduction to constraint-based design in biological measurement tools.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 30%
  • Midterm: 30%
  • Final: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 1.5 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 2.5 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.5 credit units

Engineering Design: 2.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
January 8, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr