Cell & Developmental Biology

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The CDB emphasis with tracks in Cell & Systems Biology and Medical Biology & Physiology well suited for those interested in basic research, medical and health sciences, and in teaching. Cells are the most basic unit of life. They house DNA, make proteins, produce energy, provide structure, transmit neural information, and sometimes cause disease. The dramatic array of structures and functions that cells perform are enabled by the process of development, which coordinates fundamental and diverse cellular changes and, at the most impressive, produces an entire complex organism like ourselves from one simple starting cell.

Armed with an array of modern methods, including advanced microscopy and powerful genomic approaches, cell and developmental biologists uncover the molecular cues that are responsible for the complex structures within cells, their functions, and the striking changes they undergo during development. The faculty in Cell and Developmental Biology at Berkeley are at the cutting edge of study in a range of important topics including stem cell development, cancer and cellular dysfunction, and understanding of mechanisms that allow cells to divide, move, sense and transmit signals, and regenerate.

Each of the two CDB emphasis tracks within the MCB major, Cell & Systems Biology (Track 1) and Medical Biology & Physiology (Track 2), requires six upper-division courses.

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CDB: Cell & Systems Biology

(shows as 971: MO&CEL BIO PII, EM 2 on some official University documents)

  • MCB 102 Survey of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (F, Sp, Su; 4 units)
  • MCB 104 Genetics, Genomics & Cell Biology (F, Sp; 4 units)
  • MCB 130A Cell & Systems Biology (Sp, 4 units)
  • MCB 133L Cell Biology & Physiology lab (F, Sp; 4 units)
  • Choose 2 electives from Elective List A (MCB courses only)

CDB: Medical biology & Physiology

(shows as 971: MO&CEL BIO PII, EM 2 on some official University documents)

  • MCB 102 Survey of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (F, Sp, Su; 4 units)
  • MCB 104 Genetics, Genomics & Cell Biology (F, Sp; 4 units)
  • MCB 136 Physiology (F; 4 units)
  • MCB 133L Cell Biology & Physiology lab (F, Sp; 4 units)
  • Choose 2 electives from Elective List B

Approved electives list A for CDB

Molecular and Cell Biology

  • C100A Biophysical Chemistry: Physical Principles & the Molecules of Life (F, Sp; 4 units)
  • C103 Bacterial Pathogenesis (Sp, 3 units) - not offered Sp15
  • C112 General Microbiology (F, Su; 4 units)
  • C114 Introduction to Comparative Virology (Sp, 4 units)
  • C116 Microbial Diversity (F, 3 units)
  • 132 Biology of Human Cancer (F, 4 units)
  • C134 Chromosome Biology / Cytogenetics (Sp, 3 units)
  • 135A Molecular Endocrinology (F; 3 units)
  • 136 Physiology (F, 4 units)
  • 137 Computer Simulation in Biology (Sp, 3 units)
  • 141 Developmental Biology (Sp, 3 units)
  • 143 Evolution of Genomes, Cells & Development (F, 3 units)
  • C148 Microbial Genomics & Genetics (Sp, 4 units)
  • 149 The Human Genome (Sp, 3 units)
  • 150 Molecular Immunology (F, Sp, 4 units)
  • C160 Introduction to Neurobiology (F, Sp, 4 units)
  • 163 Mammalian Neuroanatomy (F, 4 units)
  • 165 Molecular Neurobiology (Sp, 3 units)
  • 166 Biophysical Neurobiology (F, 3 units)
  • 167 Physiological & Genetic Basis of Behavior (Sp, 3 units)

Approved electives list B for CDB

Molecular and Cell Biology

  • Any 3-4 unit upper-division MCB course except divisional lab courses (110L, 140L, 150L or 160L) or 110, 180, 190, H196, 198, 199.

Integrative Biology

  • 103LF Invertebrate Zoology (Sp, 5 units)
  • 104LF Natural History of Vertebrates (Sp, 5 units)
  • 117 & 117LF Medical Ethnobotany with Lab (F, Su, 2 & 2 units)*
  • 123AL Exercise Physiology (F, 5 units)
  • 131 General Human Anatomy (F, Su, 3 units)
  • 137 General Endocrinology (F, 4 units)
  • 140 Biology & Sociobiology of Human Reproduction (Sp, 4 units)
  • C143A Biological Clocks: Physiology & Behavior (Alt F, 3 units)
  • C143B Hormones & Behavior (Sp, 3 units)
  • 148 Comparative Animal Physiology (Alt F, 3 units)
  • * both lecture AND lab courses must be taken for IB 117/117L to obtain one elective requirement

Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology

  • 103 Nutrient Function & Metabolism (F, 3 units)
  • 108A Introduction & Application of Food Science (F, 3 units)
  • 110 Toxicology (F, 3 units)
  • 160 Metabolic Bases of Human Health and Diseases (F, Sp; 4 units)
  • 161A Medical NutritionTherapy I (F; 4 units)

Plant & Microbial Biology

  • 135 Plant Physiology & Biochemistry (F; 3 units)
  • 150 Plant & Microbial Biology (F; 3 units)
  • 160 Plant Molecular Genetics (Sp; 3 units)

Psychology

  • 110 Introduction to Biological Psychology (F, Sp, Su; 3 units)
  • C113 Biological Clocks: Physiology & Behavior (Alt F; 3 units)
  • C116 Hormones & Behavior (Sp; 3 units)

Public Health

  • 141 Intro to Biostatistics (Su; 5 units)
  • 142 Probability & Statistics in Bio & Public Health (F,Sp; 4 units)
  • 150A Intro to Epidemiology & Human Disease (Sp; 3 units)
  • 150B Intro to Environmental Health Sciences (F; 3 units)
  • 162A  Public Health Microbiology (F, Su; 3 units)
Statistics
  • 131A Statistical Inference for Life Scientists (F, Sp; 4 units)

APPROVED Courses BUT Not regularly Offered

  • MCB 113 Applied Microbiology & Biochemistry
  • MCB 115 Molecular Biology of Animal Virus
  • MCB C145 Genomics
  • MCB C146 Topics in Computational Biology and Genomics
  • NSTX 150 Mechanics of Metabolic Regulation