This course stresses concepts relative to the mechanisms of cell function and their control, that is, plasma membrane organization, active and passive transport, nerve and muscle cell physiology, modes of hormone action, energy metabolism, photosynthesis, and immunology.

The cell is presented as a functional unit by integrating information from molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, physical chemistry, and electron microscopy. Labs provide experience in the collection and analysis of quantitative data about cells. Two lectures and one 3-hour laboratory per week are required.