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Biology (BI)
77 Klamath, 541-346-4502
College of Arts & Sciences
a - Labs/Dis begin the first week of class
Course Data
  BI 123   Biology of Cancer >3 4.00 cr.
Comparison of cancer cells with normal cells; causes of cancer, including viral and environmental factors; biological basis of therapy. Lectures, laboratories.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
Instructor: Kelly AE-mail Office:   15B Klamath Hall
Phone:   (541) 346-6118
 
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Lecture

20932 11 192 1500-1550 mwf 123 PAC Kelly A  

Final Exam:

1445-1645 t 3/17 123 PAC
 
Associated Sections

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20933 7 24 0900-0950 r 112 HUE May L a
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20934 2 24 1000-1050 r 112 HUE May L a
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20935 0 24 1100-1150 r 112 HUE May L a
Kelly A

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20936 1 24 1200-1250 r 112 HUE May L a
Kelly A

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20937 0 24 1300-1350 r 112 HUE Karfilis K a
Kelly A

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20938 0 24 1400-1450 r 112 HUE Karfilis K a
Kelly A

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20939 1 24 1500-1550 r 112 HUE Karfilis K a
Kelly A

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20940 0 24 1600-1650 r 112 HUE Karfilis K a
Kelly A
Academic Deadlines
Deadline     Last day to:
January 4:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 11:   Drop this course (100% refund, no W recorded)
January 11:   Process a complete drop (90% refund, no W recorded)
January 12:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 12:   Process a complete drop (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
January 14:   Add this course
January 14:   Last day to change to or from audit
January 18:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
January 25:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
February 1:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
February 22:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
February 22:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
We tend to think of cancer as a single disease that affects many different tissues or organs. However, cancer is really a collection of over one hundred diseases that show various clinical manifestations, but have similar underlying causes and effects: the normal genetic controls of cell division malfunction, allowing a cell to undergo unbridled proliferation. This course for non-science majors will explore the genetic and cellular bases of cancer, from origin to treatment. No prior coursework in Biology is required. Students will first be introduced to basic principles of cell biology and cellular reproduction to understand how cells are produced, how they function, how they die and are replaced, and how they form tissues. When the normal regulation of cellular division is absent, cells begin their transformation to a cancerous state. We will examine the changes that occur in a cancerous cell, and how this transformation can lead to aggressively mobile cells (metastasis) and undifferentiated masses (tumors). A genetic perspective will follow. We will learn some basic genetic principles so that the nature of genes that contribute to a cell's cancerous state can be understood. This will also allow students to grasp the notion of carcinogenic substances and their direct effects on the cell's genes. These and other factors that increase our risk of contracting cancer will be discussed, with particular attention to the lifestyle choices that put us in jeopardy. The last portion of the course will be dedicated to how we deal with cancer: the detection and diagnosis of various cancers, how our natural immune defenses respond to cancerous cells, and the therapies to cure or mitigate cancer, both traditional and experimental.
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