Cell Biology Course Overview

  • BIOL 1050 is a three-credit cell biology course that will introduce and explore basic concepts and theories of cell biology with an emphasis on its application in understanding human health. Topics include an introduction to cell theory, the chemical composition of cells, cellular functions and cell signaling, reproduction, and genetics. Each of these topics will be explored through course readings, video lectures/demonstrations, discussions, and a variety of experiential activities, including a course project. Students will demonstrate their mastery of cell biology concepts through quizzes and a cumulative final exam. Students will also have the opportunity to apply the concepts learned in this course to evaluate a human disease.

    *This course is considered an upper-level undergraduate course (300 level or above)

Cell Biology Course Outcomes

  • Visualize the structure and function of cellular components through illustration or labeling of visual graphics.
  • Identify the structure and function of cellular components.
  • Illustrate the structure and function of cellular components.
  • Illustrate the chemical composition of cells.
  • Describe how cells transport materials and communicate.
  • Illustrate how cells transport materials and communicate.
  • Explain the process of cell reproduction using a visual.
  • Discuss the biological basis of diversity.
  • Describe and illustrate the characteristics of enzymes and explain their importance to cellular functions.
  • Describe cellular respiration and provide examples of cellular metabolism.
  • Explain how genetic information is stored and expressed to form specialized cells
  • Critique biotechnology currently being used to diagnose and treat diseases.
  • Apply cell biology knowledge to solve problems in health/health issues.

Cell Biology Course Prerequisites

  • There are no prerequisites for BIOL 1050.

How do exams work?

All exams are taken online. Major exams are required to be proctored online through ProctorU. For instructions on how to take your exams online, visit UNE Online’s ProctorU site. Please note exams must also be proctored with the UNE-approved external webcam.


How do labs work?

BIOL 1050 is a lecture-only course. We do not offer an as the laboratory portion of the course.

Tuition & Fees

BIOL 1050: Lecture


  • Credits: 3
  • Tuition: $1,320
  • Registration: $30
  • Total: $1,350*

*Total payment is due in full at the time of registration. The cost of the materials is not included in this total.

Required course materials

  • Mandatory External Webcam and Whiteboard for Proctored Exams
  • Textbook
    Our required text is Campbell Biology, and you will be accessing it through the MyLab/Mastering platform. 

    • Taylor, M. R., Simon, E. J., Dickey, J., Hogan, K. A., Burton, R. S., Taylor, M. R., & Campbell, N. A. (2022). Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections. Pearson.
    • The MyLab/Mastering platform contains full access to eText, assignments and study aides.  It is critical AND required.  Students can purchase from the publisher directly OR from the bookstore.  There are three options for purchasing, select ONE.
      • OPTION #1: UNE Bookstore – eText only, 18-Month subscription.
      • OPTION #2: UNE Bookstore – eText and looseleaf, 18-Week subscription
      • OPTION #3: Purchase through MasteringBiology link in BrightSpace course with the option of selecting 18-Months OR 18-Weeks and purchasing looseleaf.
  • Lab Materials
    • BIOL 1050 is a lecture-only course. We do not offer a lab component and therefore no lab materials are needing to be purchased.
As a Reminder

Complete at Your Own Pace within 16 weeks

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Courses Typically Begin Every Two to Three Weeks

Working at the pace typical for a four-semester hour course, the average student will complete this online course in approximately 16 weeks. Many students have elected an online course for the sake of flexibility. Since the course is self-paced, you may be able to complete the course in less than 16 weeks.

You may enroll for a course at any time through our self-service registration portal. Payment is needed in full at the time of registration.

You must be registered for your class by 12:00 noon EST the Monday before the class starts. Your official start date is the date that the course opens and you will have 16 weeks from that date to complete your course.


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