Biochemistry

Requirements & Courses

  • Major Requirements
    1. Sixty-four credits consisting of the following: Biochemistry 321, 422 and 430; Biology 121, 204 and 308; Chemistry 115, 223, 224, 230, 331 and 332; Mathematics 121 and 122; Physics 121 and 122.
    2. Students must consult with the Biochemistry chair in their junior year for approval of their programs if deviation from the above curriculum is being considered. Approval for such changes requires written petition of the department.
    3. Successful completion of the departmental Senior Comprehensive Examination.
  • Program Considerations
    1. Potential majors are advised to schedule Mathematics 121-122 and Physics 121-122 in the freshman and sophomore years so they may begin Chemistry 331-332 in the junior year.
    2. Take note that BCM 422 and BCM 430 are offered in the winter terms 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. Participation in research and additional course work in biology, chemistry and mathematics is desirable.
    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. Offered Winter Only! Required for BIO, BCM, BTC, and IPHS majors. BIO majors should have already taken BIO-120 in Fall. 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
    MTH-112 with “C” or better or 4 years of high school math
    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
    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. Requires MTH-121 concurrently or permission. Permission will be granted immediately to students who already have credit for MTH-112 or 113. 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.