Course Description

Cancer is an ancient disease with specific characteristics. Students taking this course will discuss the genetic basis of cancer, the initiation and progression of cancer,  aberrant signal transduction in tumor cells and metastasis, and different treatment modalities for cancer. This course will also have a journal-club component, which will enable students to read, discuss, and critique scientific journal articles related to cancer biology.

Learner Outcomes

When you complete the course successfully, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate various aspects that characterize a cancerous vs normal cell.
  • Compare aberrant signaling mechanisms across cancer types.
  • Identify potential therapeutic strategies using knowledge of various effectors in cancer cells.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of experimental methodologies, data interpretation, and translational potential of primary literature findings.


This course applies toward the Advanced Cancer Biology Discovery and Biomedical Sciences Endeavor digital badges.

Textbook Information

A textbook is available for this course. 

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Background in general biology and chemistry or IMMU 101 I Introduction to Cancer Biology. Additional background in genetics, cell biology, and biochemistry is recommended.

If you are unsure that you meet the prerequisite requirements, please contact registrar@faes.org and provide information about your course of interest and background knowledge.

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Funding Justification Guide

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Section Title
Advanced Cancer Biology
Online Asynchronous
Jun 12, 2024 to Jul 30, 2024
Total Cost (Includes $75 non-refundable technology fee per course when applicable)
Eligible Discounts Can Be Applied at Checkout (2 Credits) $775.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Academic Credit
2 Credit(s)
  • Katelyn Ludwig
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