BIOC 300: Paradigms in Biochemistry & Cell Biology

  • Course StartMay 25, 2020
  • Course Duration5 weeks
  • Workload25-30 hours per week
  • Credit OfferedRice University Credit
  • Tuition$800 per credit hour

Explore the paradigms in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, with a specific focus on the central dogma of molecular biology.

Course Description

In this fully online course, we will explore paradigms in Biochemistry and Cell Biology with a specific focus on the “central dogma” of molecular biology. We will also examine both historic and contemporary research articles and case studies. The reference text (optional) will be Alberts, The Molecular Biology of the Cell, Fifth Edition. BIOC 300 is designed for BIOC majors and minors and is recommended strongly for students with Advanced Placement in Biology and students wanting more foundation before taking other 300-level BIOC courses.

This course is open to:

  • Rice Students continuing their studies through the summer
  • Visiting students who want to take challenging academics and transfer credits to their home institution

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Course Format

3 credit hour class, offered during Summer Session III

BIOC 300 holds live class discussions daily, while lectures, quizzes, and exams are completed on the student’s own time.

Group online discussions (five days a week) led by mentors will be used to discuss papers, cases, and questions. All assignments (written papers, quizzes, exams) are completed individually.

BIOC 300 will:

  • Provide lectures, and online discussions
  • Present the BIOC 300 academic year course in accelerated timeframe
  • Require the use of a computer and an internet connection with sufficient bandwidth to support videoconferencing.

Important Course Dates

Session III: May 25th – June 26th, 2020
Session III application deadline for visiting students: May 18, 2020
Session III registration deadline for Rice students: May 24, 2020


Tuition for Rice and visiting students:
$800 per credit hour
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How To Apply

Please review the Registrar’s Summer Sessions page for more info and important deadlines.


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Professor Information

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Dr. Daniel J. Catanese

Dr. Catanese received his Ph.D. from Rice University and did his postdoctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine on topoisomerases and DNA dynamics/structure. Dr. Catanese has lectured for graduate courses at Baylor College of Medicine and associate courses at the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the Biophysics Society and the American Chemical […]

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