Biochemistry

Requirements & Courses

  • Major Requirements
    1. Fifty-six core credits which must include BIO 121 and 204; CHM 115, 223, 224, 230, and 331 or 332; MTH 121 and 122; PHY 112-113 or 121-122; BCM 321, 422 and 430.
    2. Eight elective credits, with labs, from the subject areas designated below:
      • Four credits of 300-level or above lab coursework in CHM or BCM. CHM 320, 331,332, 411, or other-department-approved course.
      • Four credits of 300-level or above lab coursework in BIO or IPH. BIO 301, 307, 308, 319, 320, 330; IPH 401, or other department-approved course.
    3. If student completes BCM 499, then other department-approved courses may be used to satisfy the above elective requirements. (Ex: 4 credits of CHM 310, 311, 312, 313, or 314 plus 1 credit of BCM 499; BIO 333, 360; IPH 340 plus 1 credit of BCM 499.
    4. Successful completion of the departmental Senior Comprehensive Examination.
  • Program Considerations
    1. Potential majors are advised to schedule MTH 121-122 and PHY 112-113 or 121-122 in the freshman and sophomore years so they may take CHM 331 or 332 in the junior year.
    2. Take note that BCM 422 and 430 are offered in the winter term of alternating years.
    3. This is an excellent major for pre-medical students, but additional electives are strongly advised.
    4. Students bound for graduate school should make careful course selections to support their area of emphasis. Additional course work in biology, chemistry and mathematics is desirable. It is strongly-advised that participation in research begin at least in the Junior year.
    5. Completion of an independent research project culminating in a senior thesis is encouraged.
    6. Students who declare a Biochemistry major may not elect a second major in Chemistry.
  • Four credits from BCM, with the exception of practicum or independent study courses, count towards the Distributive Requirements in the Natural Sciences — Life Sciences.

Courses

  • BCM
    180
    .
    Topics in Biochemistry
    1-4
    This lab-only course is for students curious for an investigational experience that uses DNA/RNA methods. You will be teamed with a junior/senior student enrolled in BCM/BIO 430, thus providing a peer-mentored experience. This class is permission only, registration is only available during drop/add. Course fee.
  • BCM
    *
    319
    .
    Toxicology
    4
    BIO-121 and CHM-230
    The science and art of toxicology has ancient origins, such as our use of venoms for hunting and plant extracts for assassinations. Modern toxicology is the study of the adverse effects of xenobiotics, a general term applied to any chemical which is foreign to the organism under investigation. This field is covered in four units: general principles, system responses, toxic agents, and environmental toxicology. In addition to one or two daily lectures, students participate in an investigative laboratory using the approaches of chemical analysis, cell culture, and organismal response. Course fee.
  • BCM
    *
    321
    .
    Biochemistry
    4
    BIO-121, CHM-224 and CHM-230
    Overview of the major topics of biochemistry including the chemistry, structure, function, biological activity and molecular mechanisms of the major biological macromolecules. Introduction to bioenergetics and central metabolic pathways. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BCM
    *
    380
    .
    Topics in Biochemistry
    1-4
    Investigation of selected topics in biochemistry, such as molecular methods and toxicology, through student participation in lecture, discussion and/or laboratory work. Course fee determined by topic. Requires instructor permission.
  • BCM
    *
    422
    .
    Advanced Biochemistry
    4
    BCM-321
    Further study of intermediary metabolism through the use of historical and current research articles. Introduction to biophysical methods. Emphasis on experimental design, data analysis and integration of biochemical information. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BCM
    *
    430
    .
    Molecular Genetics
    4
    BCM-321 and BIO-204
    Study of the transmission of information at the molecular level and the techniques used in gene analysis. Topics include gene structure and function, gene expression, genetic mobility, genomics, transgenics and recombinant DNA methodology. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BCM
    *
    499
    .
    Biochemistry Independent Study
    1-4
    Independent research in biochemistry resulting in a written report. Course fee.
  • BCM
    *
    500
    .
    Senior Thesis
    4
    Independent laboratory research of an original problem resulting in a thesis and public presentation. Required for departmental honors. Course fee. Requires instructor permission.
  • BIO
    121
    .
    General Cell Biology
    4
    Study of basic biological processes, mostly at the cellular level, including the chemical basis of life, cellular structure and function, heredity, reproduction and the genetic basis of evolution. Required for BIO, BCM, BTC, and IPHS majors. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BIO
    *
    204
    .
    Genetics
    4
    BIO-121 and Sophomore Standing
    The mechanics of inheritance at the molecular and cellular levels and the relationship of this phenomenon to gene action, organismal development, population changes and evolution. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • BIO
    *
    308
    .
    Microbiology
    4
    Survey of the bacteria, viruses and other protists emphasizing their structure, physiology, systematics, ecology and genetics. Focuses on microbes important to humans including disease and the immune response. Requires junior or senior standing or permission. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    115
    .
    Chemical Analysis
    4
    Introduction to the basic principles of chemistry in a context of chemical analysis. Intended for students in the sciences. Includes the periodic table, elements, ionic and covalent compounds, stoichiometry, atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, gases, pH and acid-base and oxidation-reduction reactions. DR and academic credit will only be awarded to one of CHM-103 or CHM-115. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    *
    223
    .
    Organic Chemistry I
    4
    CHM-115
    Study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing the various functional groups and their transformations, reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry, and the development of synthetic schemes. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    *
    224
    .
    Organic Chemistry II
    4
    CHM-115, 223
    Study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing the various functional groups and their transformations, reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry, and the development of synthetic schemes. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    *
    230
    .
    Inorganic Chemistry
    4
    CHM-224 or Permission
    Study of the chemistry of the metals and non-metals emphasizing periodic behavior, elementary thermodynamics, ionic and covalent structures, oxidation and reduction reactions, acid-base chemistry, equilibria, transition metal complexes and reaction kinetics. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    *
    331
    .
    Physical Chemistry I
    4
    CHM-230, MTH-122 and PHY-113 or 122
    Study of the physical principles of chemistry with emphasis on thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and kinetics. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • CHM
    *
    332
    .
    Physical Chemistry II
    4
    CHM-230, MTH-122 and PHY-113 or 122
    Study of the physical principles of chemistry with emphasis on thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and kinetics. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • MTH
    121
    .
    Calculus I
    4
    Introduction to the calculus of one variable. Includes limits and continuity, the derivative and applications, the integral and applications, infinite series and sequences.
  • MTH
    122
    .
    Calculus II
    4
    MTH-121
    Introduction to the calculus of one variable. Includes limits and continuity, the derivative and applications, the integral and applications, infinite series and sequences.
  • PHY
    121
    .
    Introduction to Physics I
    4
    MTH-113 or MTH-121 previously or concurrently
    First half of introductory survey of physics with emphasis on problem-solving. Uses calculus. Appropriate for physics, chemistry or mathematics majors, pre-engineering students, and pre-medical students who have had calculus. Includes mechanics, dynamics and rotation. Laboratory. Course fee.
  • PHY
    122
    .
    Introduction to Physics II
    4
    PHY-121
    Second half of the introductory survey of physics started with PHY 121. Uses calculus. Includes oscillations, gravity, waves, sounds, fluids and thermal physics. Completion of MTH-122 or concurrent enrollment in MTH-122 is strongly recommended. Laboratory. Course fee.