Cellular Biology

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cellular Biology

  • Host University

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso

  • Location

    Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    General Objective
    Acquire the basic concepts about the organization and functionality of the cell, to be applied in later courses

    Specific Objectives
    ? Get to know the ultra-structure of the eukaryote cell and interpret its topographic functions
    ? Analyze the function of the subcellular components and integrate them in the general activity of the cell


    ? Introduction: The molecules of cells and their organization. Eukaryote and prokaryote cells
    ? Plasmatic membrane: Chemical composition, structure, and function
    ? Transport through the membrane: Diffusion, Mediated transport (active and passive)
    ? Transport of macromolecules: exocytosis, endocytosis
    ? Intercellular union
    ? Smooth and rough endoplasmic reticulum: structure and function
    ? Golgi?s Apparatus: Morphology, Functions: transport and modification of proteins, recycling of membrane
    ? Lysosomes and Peroxisomes: structure and function
    ? Mitochondria: Morphology and function
    ? Cytoskeleton: Mircotubules, filaments of actinia, filaments of intermediates
    ? Nuclei: nuclear wrapping, chromatin, chromosomes, structure and function of DNA, nucleoli
    ? Cellular cycle, cellular division


    1.-Scientific method
    2.-Observations of the light microscope
    3.-Shapes and sizes of cells
    5.-Count and cellular Viability


    There will be three objective quizzes that will include the material discussed in class and whose average will count 80%. The average of the lab quizzes will be worth 20%. The final presentation grade will be 70% and the test 30%.

    Students who do not take the quizzes on the assigned date will need to go before the head of their department and give a corresponding justification in a maximum of seven days. They can take the quiz at the end of the semester at an opportune time.

    Attendance will be considered part of the test grade. Students who have an average of a 5.0 or higher can be exempt as long as they have been in attendance 80% of the classes. Those students whose attendance does not correspond to a 90% or more, can be exempt from the exam with a 4.0 or higher, ONLY WHEN NOT HAVING ANY RED NOTES ON AN EVALUATION.

    Attendance to the labs will be 100%.


    ?Biología Molecular de la Célula?
    Alberts, B. et al
    Ed. Omega S.A. Barcelona, España, 1996

    ?Biología Celular y Molecular?
    Darnell, J. et al
    Ed. Omega S.A. Barcelona, España, 1993

    ?Biología Celular y Molecular?
    De Robertis et al
    Ed. El Ateneo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1996

Course Disclaimer

Please note that there are no beginning level Spanish courses offered in this program.

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.


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