Biology 401       Cell Biology


Instructor: Donald F. Slish                                                         Office: 325 Hudson Hall
Phone: (518) 564-5160                                                              Cell Bio Lab: 328 Hudson Hall

The World of the Cell (8th edition) Hardin, Bertoni, & Kleinsmith

Email Address:  

Office Hours: Mon., & Wed. 10-11 A.M., Thurs. 9:30-10:30 A.M. (other times by appointment)




Chapter 15     Cytoskeletal Systems

Chapter 16     Cellular Movement: Motility and Contraction


                                    Exam 1 (February 18thStudy Guide


Chapter 8       Transport Across Membranes

Chapter 12    The Endomembrane System and Peroxisomes


                                        Exam 2 (March 13th) Study Guide


Chapter 13    Signal Transduction Mechanisms: I. Electrical Signals

Chapter 14     Signal Transduction Mechanisms II: Messengers and Receptors


                                        Exam 3 (April 15th) Study Guide


Chapter 19     The Cell Cycle and Mitosis

Chapter 24     Cancer Cells


                                       Final Exam  Study Guide


 This schedule may change. We may not cover all of this material or we may cover more, depending on how the semester goes. Also, the timing of the exams may change based on how quickly we cover the material.



Course Objectives:


1.  To provide an understanding of the structure-function relationships in the cell. 

2.  To acquaint the students with the energy relationships within a cell. 

3.  To relate the importance of signal transduction in control of cellular physiology. 

4.  To provide an understanding of the mechanism involved in cellular reproduction and control of this process.

5.  To provide the students the opportunity to develop an experiment: making solutions, deciding on controls, collecting data, analyzing data and making conclusions.




            There will be a quiz each weekend in this class (except the weekends after exams).  The quizzes will be given on Moodle.  The quiz will be available on Friday morning at 8:00 A.M. and are due Sunday evening at midnight.   I will grade them on Mondays.  After they are graded you should go back and look at your grade and check my comments and correct answer to prepare for the exams. 



            Attendance in the class is advised. Tests will be based on the material presented in class and may differ from the way it is presented in the book.  Absence from an exam for sickness or death in the immediate family will be excused when documented by infirmary staff, physician or the Office of Student Affairs.  Do not schedule yourself to be out of town the Thursday before spring break. There is a test scheduled for this day and you will not be excused. If an exam is missed, notify me, preferably before, but within 5 days after the exam date. Students without a test grade after this period will receive a zero for that test. 


            Grading                                                           Grading Scale:

The final grade will be based on the three                            A               > 95

exams during the semester, the final exam,                                     A-         90 - 92

quizzes (Moodle) and the lab grade.                                      B+        87 - 89

B          83 - 86

          100 pts.          Exam #1                                                 B-         80 - 82

          100 pts.          Exam #2                                                 C+        77 - 79

          100 pts.          Exam #3                                                 C          73 - 76

          100 pts.          Exam #4                                                 C-         70 - 72

          100 pts.          Final Exam                                              D+        66 - 69

          100 pts.         Quizzes (Moodle)                                                D          62 - 65

          200 pts.          Lab grade                                                           E                < 62                      

           800 pts. ÷ 8.0  = Final grade               



 Cell Phone Policy

            When you enter a classroom, you should turn off your cell phone as a matter of respect both for the instructor and the students around you.  This includes text messaging.  DO NOT text message during class.  If you would rather be somewhere else, please don’t come into class. 


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Honor Code Statement


It is expected that all students enrolled in this

class support the letter and the spirit of the

Academic Honesty Policy as stated

in the college catalog.


Writing Standards for Department of Biological Sciences


Included with this syllabus are the writing standards for the Department of Biological Sciences.  The goal of the department is to produce graduates who both understand the important concepts in biology and are able to communicate their knowledge effectively.  To increase awareness of writing skills, written answers on tests as well as written reports will be graded for spelling, grammar, syntax, organization, and other standards of good writing. 


Assessment of Student Learning:  Analytical skill development

and understanding of fundamental biological principles



The faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences are committed to providing students with a first-rate educational experience as articulated in the Departmental Mission Statement:


            “The Department of Biological Sciences strives to provide students with the fundamental understanding of the principles and methods of the life sciences within the context of a sound liberal arts education.  Emphasis is on the development of the student’s ability to analyze problems, apply scientific method, communicate biological information, and interpret current advances in research.”


Student progress toward attaining the goals set forth in the Departmental Mission Statement will be assessed in part by an exam or quiz question that has been selected for this purpose by the faculty of the Department of Biological Sciences.