Cell Biology

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cell Biology

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: Admission will be restricted to students who have passed either NSC Physical Science or Life Science with at least 60%.
    NOTE: Preference will be given to students registered in the Science Faculty.
    Students registered for this course will be assessed in week 5; if it is judged that they are not coping with the level and pace of the course, and would benefit from an opportunity to strengthen foundational concepts and learn new material at a slower pace, they will be required to transfer to BIO1000H from week 7.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 5
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    Basic biological principles and processes at a cellular level provide an essential grounding for future study in the life sciences. Chemistry concepts necessary for understanding biological processes are
    introduced, as well as the structure and function of cell components. Cellular respiration and the energetic relationships of photosynthesis, and cellular processes associated with nitrogen assimilation, animal physiology and animal behaviour follow. Sections dealing with genetics and cell division provide an introduction to biological diversity.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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