BIOPHYS 120 - The Discovery of the DNA Double Helix and its Hidden Mysteries
Fall 2017, Section 001
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Subject: Biophysics (BIOPHYS)
Department: LSA Biophysics
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Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS, QR/1
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Lab Fee:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course introduces students to the exciting and interdisciplinary field of biophysics and its role in the life sciences.

DNA provides the blueprint for life as we know it. In this course, students will closely examine DNA from different angles: its structure, biological function, chemical makeup, and physical properties. Students will roughly follow a historical approach from Mendelian genetics to the discovery of the double-helical structure by Watson, Crick and Franklin, to modern epigenetics and gene therapies. Students will also have the opportunity to re-create the original experiments that led to the discovery of how DNA governs inheritance.

Course Requirements:

Presentations, quizzes, one Biophysics seminar and a term paper. Students will use quantitative approaches like scaling arguments and Bayesian statistics where appropriate.

Intended Audience:

Students interested in the natural sciences and medicine.

Class Format:

A mix of lectures, hands-on experiments, laboratory tours and student presentations.


BIOPHYS 120 - The Discovery of the DNA Double Helix and its Hidden Mysteries
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001 (SEM)
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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