Jo Wen Wu, Ph.D.
Fullerton College

Contact Information

Jo Wu, Ph.D.
Division of Natural Sciences,
Fullerton College
321 East Chapman Ave,
Fullerton, CA 92832-2095.
Telephone: (714) 992-7459
Office: 411-11

Fall 2017 Courses:
  • Bio 101 General Biology
  • Lecture: Mon 5:30 - 9:30 pm, Room 420
  • Lab: Wed 6:20-9:30 pm, Room 429
  • Bio 109 Genetics & Biotechnology: online
  • Bio 272 Cell & Molecular Biology Lecture/Lab: Mon Wed 7:30 am-10:40 am, Room 426
  • Bio 272 Cell & Molecular Biology Lecture/Lab: Mon Wed 10:50 am - 2:00 pm, Room 426

Fall 2017 Office Hours:
272 S13 Syllabus

Printable Course Syllabus (pdf file)

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  • Integrated lectures and laboratories are designed to l) develop a strong foundation in biological facts, concepts, and theoretical models, 2) extend the student's ability to solve scientific problems through data collection and analysis, and 3) provide training in a variety of laboratory techniques and instrumentation used in modern biology. Discussion topics which are supported by laboratory experiences include (a) the molecular basis of life, (b) basic genetic mechanisms of DNA replication, repair, transcription, translation, (c) regulation of gene expression, (d) structural/functional organization of the cell, (e) cell growth/division and development, and (f) immunology.
    Prerequisite: BIOL 170 Organismal Biology and CHEM 111A General Chemistry with a grade of "C" or better

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of BIOL 272 F Cellular and Molecular Biology, the students will be able to

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts in cell and molecular biology, and the experimental approaches taken to address them;
  2. design, perform and analyze simple experiments in cell and molecular biology.

CLASS FORMAT will vary between 3-hour labs, lectures, or a combination of both. You MUST wear closed-toe shoes everyday in class (or you will not be allowed to stay in the classroom).

GRADING SCALE: A > 90%, B > 80%, C > 70%, D > 60%.


  1. Textbook
    • Biology by Raven et al., McGraw-Hill (ISBN 0073532223). Keep your Bio 170 textbook (9th edition is ok)! Note that a few lecture topics are covered in greater detail and depth than found in the Raven text. There may be textbooks on loan at the FC library.
    • Optional Textbook: World of the Cell (6th-8th editions) by Becker et al, Benjamin Cummings Publ (ISBN 0805393935) explains most of the details covered in lectures. I have used this book for many years, but will be trying to follow Raven textbook.
    • Optional Textbook: ESSENTIAL CELL BIOLOGY, third edition,  by Alberts et al., Garland Science Publ.  ISBN: 9780815341291.  The publisher DVD with animations should be helpful.
  2. Access to email, internet, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, (FC lab computers are fine)
  3. 3-ring binder, calculator, pen, #2 pencil, USB Flash drive.
  4. Each lab team will need to bring in a laptop computer for several labs and download the free Logger Pro software BEFORE the appropriate lab experiment. See the specific link and password in MyGateway, Bio 272 course,  "Links"

    • Come to class everyday on time, have all materials out and be ready to work, pay attention
    • Take great notes during lecture (or tape lectures or compare notes with friends)
    • Rewrite notes as needed, Study lecture notes everyday, Read textbook and add details to lecture notes, Learn concepts and then learn the details.
    • Form study group with other responsible students, have each student explain a concept and correct each other
    • Find and Review online tutorials and quizzes
    • Meet lab team in person, on skype or equivalent, to go over labs and share ideas about writing lab data, edit each other's reports (that means No Procrastination!)
    • Make a habit of going to Supplemental instruction, study sessions, tutoring -- don't wait until a few days before the exam

    TUTORING: Free tutoring will be offered at the FC Tutoring Center in Room 806 (first floor Library) and by the Science PALs (Peer Assistants for Learning) in Room 415-P (first floor Science).