BIOL 452 - Cancer Biology - Capstone
This senior biology capstone course focuses on describing the underlying causes of cancer and discussing the current state of cancer treatment and prevention by viewing cancer biology through a historical lens. Cancer touches the lives of most people and understanding it empowers people to fight this deadly disease. The biochemistry that is involved in the cellular processes that are fundamental to regulation of normal cell growth and development will be discussed in addition to the mechanisms of transformation. Additionally, several specific kinds of cancer will be used as examples of how the regulatory systems of these cells have been altered in the cancerous cells. Case studies and primary literature will be explored to connect the basic science underlying tumor biology to clinical outcomes and mechanisms behind cancer treatments and prevention. Finally, an inquiry-based laboratory approach will integrate research into the course. Students will work to develop a research proposal, execute independent projects, and present their findings in a publication style scientific article. (6 hours of lecture and lab)
Prerequisite(s): All 100 and 200 Level required biology (BIOL) courses need to be completed before students can take their capstone course.
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