Professor Candice Etson is offering a new FYS course in the Physics Department: PHYS 107, Life in the Cell from a Molecule’s Perspective, which meets TR 10:20-11:40 in Exley 221.
Have you ever wondered how things happen in the cell at the molecular level? What does DNA look like when it is not condensed into chromosomes? If a molecular motor walks, how does it take a step? How do partners in molecular processes find each other? Students will have a chance to explore these questions by discussing primary scientific literature in this course, which is a writing intensive introduction to a handful of important topics in molecular biophysics. While Professor Etson intends the course to introduce students to biophysics while they still have time to pursue the certificate, it would also be a great choice for a student looking for a course in NSM that is not math heavy. There are no problem sets, and no exams. Assessments consist of contributions to the class website (20%), twice-weekly exploratory writing assignments (40%), and a final paper (40%).