BME 50A Cell and Molecular Engineering (2017-2018)

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. Prerequisite: CHEM 1C. 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:
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

December 21, 2016
Senate Approved:
November 14, 2016
Approved Effective:
2017 Fall Qtr