Molecular Biology Class at UC Merced
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Molecular Biology Class at UC Merced

The article is a review of how I prepared for molecular biology and how others can learn to do better in that class. It has the details of what material is covered in the class and what is necessary for a student that wants to succeed in a class like that.
Biology 02 is a class where I have learned a whole lot about the workings of the cell and about myself when it comes to studying and being prepared for classes. The first thing to discuss would be my improvement as a person and well rounded student. This class has shown me the error of my ways when it comes being prepared for tests and quizzes that take place in discussion. At the beginning I thought that I could just show up to lecture take notes and that would be enough to at least get a B, but I was wrong. So far I still have around a C+ since I have not put my words to practice. After the first midterm I learned that a lot of preparation was needed to be ready for these midterms, like reading the book and memorizing the different aspects of things like DNA repair and the steps involved in the conversion of DNA to protein. Then more was needed because we needed to know the material before we came to class the next day so we would know how to explain the slides when we would have discussions with our groups.

I think that having groups was a good idea since then we could get to know people that we could study with outside class and with study groups you could get more practice in for the midterms. I also learned that the book goes very in depth on the material covered in the duration of the course. Some of the information in the book is very helpful to review since some of that stuff is not covered in lecture and we would need to know it for the midterm. The only thing is that I am a huge procrastinator so even when I learn about what I can do to improve my performance in school I still hardly study or I will wait to the day before to study, and on occasion I might not study at all. So for the final I am changing my ways and studying a week before so that I have time to cover all the material. I still need to memorize all of the amino acids still, which means I still have more to study right now. There is still plenty of time to get all that information memorized so once this paper is done I am going back to getting ready for that final. The second half of this essay is about what I learned in the course itself, like amino acids, the processes that take place in the cell, and all the subunits in the cell.

The first thing that happened in this class was having a review of what we learned in Biology 1. We learned about the microscope, the structure of the cell, and chemical components of the cell. This was pretty much the basics, for example we learned about the basic units of the cell, which are sugars, proteins, nucleotides, and lipids. Then after we went over the ins and outs of the basic cell we went on to energy in the cell and we went over proteins. With energy we learned about the function of ATP and where it comes from and what happens to it once it is used. The function of proteins and the structure of proteins was a long and tedious chapter filled with information of how the shape has everything to do with the functionality of it and how proteins are very specific. There was also information on the different types of proteins, for example one type of protein is an enzyme which catalyzes reactions by lowering the amount of activation energy needed to start the reaction and therefore making the reaction itself more favorable. The next chapter was about DNA repair, replication, and recombination. In this chapter we learned about the different methods used to repair DNA like BER and NER. We also learned about the different proteins involved in separating the DNA and replicating the DNA to make new strands, like DNA helicase and DNA polymerase. The next chapter was about the central dogma of biology and how DNA is converted to protein by translation and transcription. We learned how RNA is copied from the DNA and then that sequence is translated to make specific amino acid chains that are then turned into proteins. It is a fairly long process but it is not that complicated. Lastly we have been learning about gene expression, gene regulation, and how to analyze genes. This is what I found to be the most interesting since you learn about how if a certain protein binds to a single spot on your DNA it can shut off a gene.

Overall this class is very helful for anyone that plans on having a carreer in biology and is interested in going to medical school. All of the material that was covered in this class is very interesting and I hope it stays with me as I continue my studies as a Human Biology major.

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