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Home > Courses > College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics > Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Courses
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(All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise noted.)

(BIOL) 100 Introductory Biology I (BSL) (1st sem) 4 cr

Prospective Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors are expected to enroll in this course. (See Biology.)

(BIOL) 101 Introductory Biology II (BS) (2nd sem) 4 cr

Prospective Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors are expected to enroll in this course. (See Biology.)

205 Introduction to Biochemistry (2nd sem)

For freshmen with preference given to preNursing students. Emphasis on the relation of biochemistry to human health. Structure, properties, and catabolism of proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. Enzyme function. Membranes. Cancer. Viruses. Elementary molecular biology. Prerequisite: CHEM 110 or a course in organic chemistry.

285 Cell and Molecular Biology (both sem)

For sophomore-level majors in biology, microbiology, or biochemistry. Building upon concepts introduced in BIOL 100/101, consideration given to structure and function at the cellular, subcellular, and molecular levels. Equally divided between aspects of molecular biology and cellular biology. Prerequisites: BIOL 100 and 101; CHEM 111 and 112, or equivalent. Also listed as BIOL 285.

296 Independent Study (both sem) 1-6 cr

Individual laboratory research project under supervision of a faculty member. In unusual cases, research may be library rather than laboratory centered.

396 Independent Study (both sem) 1-6 cr

Lab. Individual laboratory project under supervision of a faculty member. In unusual cases, research may be library rather than laboratory centered.

420 Elementary Biochemistry (1st sem)

An elementary stand-alone course, not intended as part of any sequence complementing BIOCHM 285. Not for biochemistry majors. Survey of the structure and function of biological molecules, including carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. Emphasis on relation to other life sciences. Topics include enzymology, special properties of biological membranes, hormones, vitamins, metabolic pathways, and biotransformation. Prerequisite: 1 semester of organic chemistry.

421 Elementary Biochemistry Laboratory (1st sem) 2 cr

Not for biochemistry majors. Experiments in the most common techniques of the biochemical lab. Quantitative measurement and calculation stressed. Major topics are pH measurement, buffers, spectrophotometry, chromatography, separation methods, properties of enzymes, and the use of restriction enzymes in characterizing nucleic acids. BIOCHM 420 prerequisite or corequisite; or consent of instructor. Not for credit after BIOTCH 385 or BIOCHM 565.

491H Senior Honors Seminar (1st sem) 2 cr

Required for majors. Emphasis on an oral and written interpretation of current journal articles in selected fields of biochemistry. Partially fulfills Junior Year Writing requirement. Prerequisite: BIOCHM 524.

496 Independent Study (both sem) 1-6 cr

Individual laboratory research project under supervision of a faculty member. In unusual cases, research may be library rather than laboratory centered.

499Y Senior Honors (both sem)

Intensive laboratory research project under supervision of a faculty member. Permission of department required.

499T Senior Honors (both sem)

Continuation of the laboratory research project of BIOCHM 499Y. Thesis written at completion of the lab work. Prerequisite: BIOCHM 499Y.

523 General Biochemistry (1st sem)

Structure and function of biological molecules, especially proteins, lipids and carbohydrates. Important concepts include bioenergetics, proteins as biological catalysts, and metabolic pathways as interacting regulated systems. Prerequisites: 1 year of general chemistry, 1 year of organic chemistry or 2nd semester concurrently, and BIOCHM 285.

524 General Biochemistry (2nd sem)

An integrated presentation of the biochemistry and molecular biology of cellular interactions. Emphasis on accounting for complex cellular processes in terms of protein structure and regulation of gene expression. Topics include gene structures and techniques for studying them; replication; control of gene expression; post-translational processing; membrane associated energetics; behavior of transport systems; mechanisms of signal transduction; and interactions of cells with extracellular matrix and with other cells. Prerequisite: BIOCHM 523; BIOCHM 285 and BIOL 283, or comparable courses, strongly recommended.

526 Biochemistry Laboratory (2nd sem) 4 cr

Work emphasizes spectrophotometry, enzyme purification and kinetics, modern experimental techniques in molecular biology and the use of computers in data analysis and scientific writing. Partially fulfills Junior Year Writing requirement. Prerequisites: BIOCHM 523; a course in analytical chemistry.

565 Laboratory in Molecular Genetics (1st sem) 4 cr

Methodology and principles of modern molecular genetics. Techniques include: isolation, cloning and sequencing of DNA; polymerase chain reactions; Northern, Southern and Western blot hybridizations; immunoassays; computer analysis of data; manipulation of plant, bacterial, yeast and animal systems. Students perform all techniques mentioned. Prerequisites: BIOCHM 285, BIOCHM 523 or concurrent enrollment, and consent of instructor. Also listed as MICBIO 565. Not for credit after BIOTCH 385.

597, 697 Special Topics in Biochemistry

Topics of current interest may include lipids, glycoproteins and proteoglycans, protein synthesis, membranes, nucleic acids, molecular biology of animals and plants, cellular regulation and protein-nucleic acid interactions.

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