Molecular Biology Course Overview

  • BIOL 1055 is a three-credit molecular biology course that introduces and emphasizes the basic concepts of molecular biology and the application of these concepts in the medical field. The knowledge attained in the course will be used to understand human diseases. Topics include knowing about biomolecules like DNA, RNA and proteins, central dogma, DNA replication, DNA repair and regulation of gene expression. Each of these topics will be explored through course readings, video lectures, case studies, journal clubs, discussions forums and digital concept mapping. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of molecular biology concepts through quizzes and a cumulative final exam.

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

Molecular Biology Course Outcomes

  • Describe the structure and function of biomolecules like DNA, RNA and proteins.
  • Illustrate how the information flows from DNA to RNA to proteins in prokaryotic and eukaryotic system.
  • Explain how alterations/ mutations at genetic level affect proteins and causes human disease.
  • Describe and illustrate the significance of DNA replication process for cell division.
  • Explain the importance of fidelity of the process of DNA replication.
  • Identify the protein machinery involved in DNA replication process in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
  • Describe the involvement of DNA repair mechanisms in response to the effect of DNA mismatch and DNA damage both in prokaryotic and eukaryotic system.
  • Discuss different kinds of genetic recombination processes and their significance.
  • Describe and illustrate regulation of gene expression at different levels in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic system.
  • Learn about molecular biology techniques like PCR, sequencing, microarrays, DNA fingerprinting and CRISPR etc. and their application in medical field.

Molecular Biology Course Prerequisites

  • One semester of college-level biology (BIOL 1010)
  • One semester of college-level general chemistry (CHEM 1010)

    *Please note these prerequisites are highly suggested and support course preparedness and success. We recommend having completed the listed prerequisites before enrolling and within the past seven years.

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 1055 is a lecture-only course. We do not offer an as the laboratory portion of the course.

Tuition & Fees

BIOL 1055: 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
    • Molecular Biology of Cell, Alberts, 6th edition.
  • Lab Materials
    • BIOL 1055 is a lecture-only course. We do not offer a lab component and therefore no lab materials are needing to be purchased.
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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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