Foundational Concept 2: Content Category 2A

Foundational Concept 2: Content Category 2A

Content category 2A within foundational concept 2 of the Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section of the MCAT exam primarily focuses on the assemblies of molecules, cells and groups of cells within cellular and multicellular organisms. Specifically, it focuses on their ability to execute the processes that are necessary to maintain life.

Overview of Foundational Concept 2, Category 2A

The content in category 2A covers the composition, structure and the function of cell membranes. Other information covered in category 2A includes:

  • Structure and Function of Membrane-Bound Organelles of Eukaryotic Cells
  • Structure and Function of Major Cytoskeletal Elements
  • Energetics and Mechanisms of Molecules Moving Across Cell Membranes
  • How Cell-Cell Junctions and the Extracellular Matrix Interact to Form Tissues
  • Epithelial Tissue
  • Connective Tissue

As provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges, all of the topics and subtopics that will be covered in category 2A within foundational concept 2 include:

Foundational Concept 2 Content Category 2A

Photo: Association of American Medical Colleges

Questions will vary from test to test, but this information gives you a general idea of what you can expect in category 2A inside foundational concept 2. There is no specific time limit in which you are required to finish category 2A, but you will have 95 minutes to complete the entire Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems section.

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