Skip to Content

Course : Cell Biology

Course Number
BIOL 4714
Section Number
Fall 2023
Bolin Hall, 209
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, December 11, 2023 8:00 am - 10:01 am

We will emphasize several aspects of Cell Biology including: organelle structure & function, cellular metabolism, intracellular trafficking, cell signaling, and cell adhesion. In the lab component we will explore experimental methodologies that make the study of these areas possible.

Aspects of Cell Biology underlie virtually every subdiscipline of Biology.  The topics in the course are very integrated and the need for a strong foundation in the basic principles of chemistry and biology can’t be stressed enough. We will build on information you have already encountered in PoB/Life I, Gen Chem, O Chem, Biochem & Genetics. If you lack the necessary prerequisites, you will need to work diligently to keep up in this course.

You can only get out of any course what you put into it; therefore, I expect student participation in my courses by way of asking and answering questions during lectures. Obviously, attendance is a must for this to happen and excessive absences are grounds for being dropped.


It is expected that you will read the listed readings from the textbook. One good method of doing this is to scan through the chapter before coming to class and then more thoroughly read the material we cover afterwards. The logic of this approach is that you will have seen new terms we bring up in class in the overall context of the topic and then you can go back for more detail after we discuss it in class. Sometimes, we will spend several lectures on a single chapter, at other time, we may cover 2 or more chapters per lecture. Most of the chapters are very short (for a textbook) and are focused on a single aspect of a broader topic.


A=>90; B=>80; C=>70; D=>60; F<60

You can only get out of any course what you put into it; therefore, I expect student participation in my courses by way of asking and answering questions during lectures. Obviously, attendance is a must for this to happen and excessive absences are grounds for being dropped.


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MSUTexas e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and 2) earned 60 hours. Students may meet this requirement in one of three ways: by passing the Writing Proficiency Exam, passing two Writing Intensive Courses (only one can be in the core), or passing English 2113. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police at