Students from all Colleges at Alfaisal University are eligible to earn a Molecular Biology Minor with exception of those with Life Sciences major. This may be of particular interest to medical and science students who would like to have a strong foundation in modern molecular bioscience, but don't have the time to complete the full major. Award of the Minor in Molecular Biology requires a minimum of 22 credit hours in the following courses.
BIO 357 Molecular Biology II (4 credit hours)As the second module of the Molecular Biology course, BIO 357 concentrates on molecular mechanisms of cellular physiology and interactions. This module provides a detailed knowledge of the structural organization and differentiation of eukaryotic cells as well as key processes in development that are based on cell-cell communication and cell movement. It introduces fundamental properties of the cytoplasm and the roles of the cytoskeleton in fundamental biological processes including chromosome separation, cell motility and intracellular transport processes as well as the evolution, function and biogenesis of cell organelles.
Upon consultation with academic advisor, selection of minimum two senior level courses in life and biomedical sciences: currently SCI321-323; LST421-423 or other equivalent courses when become available.
SCI 321 Immunology (3 credit hours)SCI 321 aims to provide students with an understanding of immunology and the immunological basis of some common and well-known diseases. The course will balance basic knowledge of the underlying complexity of the immune system, such as T and B cell receptor genes, the MHC and antigen presentation, with the application of immunological aspects to infectious diseases, cancer, inflammation and autoimmunity.
SCI 322 Cancer Biology (3 credit hours)This course will introduce the core aspects of cancer biology. Emphasis will be placed on molecular mechanisms of cancer pathophysiology - such as signal transduction, DNA damage and repair and regulation of cell division, death and senescence as well as on system biology, microevolution of tumours, interaction between tumour and organism. Course will include cancer epidemiology and analysis of causes of cancer; examine normal and disregulated signalling mechanisms and their manifestations as cancer phenotype. Traditional and novel strategies of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment will be discussed.
SCI 323 Signal Transduction (3 credit hours)Signal Transduction course it designed to provide students with a broad knowledge on signal transduction pathways that control fundamental aspects of cellular physiology and pathophysiology. Signalling pathways that control cell division, cell cycle arrest, cell migration, cell death, cell senescence, and differentiation will be examined. Course will introduce students to the mechanisms of signal transduction and arm them with understanding of how diverse fields of biochemistry, structural biology, systems biology and genetics are integrated to gain in-depth understanding of these mechanisms. Course will also demonstrate how disregulation of normal signalling pathways contributes to manifestations of various diseases ranging from cystic fibrosis to diabetes and cancer.
LST 421-423 Life Science Special Topics I-III (4 credit hours)Each of these three individual courses introduces special topics relevant to the fields of Biomedical Science, Biotechnology or Chemistry. The course subjects can be modified according to faculty availability, students' preferences and pathways.