Undergraduate

With the publication of the Human Genome and other discoveries describing the molecular basis of life, tremendous opportunities await students with the right background and training. Biochemists study the molecular interactions that guide many processes involved in living organisms. This includes exploring the underlying chemical and physical properties of these organisms, from metabolism and enzyme kinetics to gene transfection and cellular signaling.

Students graduating from this program are well-positioned for careers in a range of areas, including medicine, biomedical research and teaching, and all of the many disciplines that encompass the molecular aspects of the life sciences. With the recent publication of the Human Genome and other discoveries describing the molecular basis of life, tremendous opportunities await those students with the right background and training. Don't just watch the future of science-join us and become part of the community of scientists making it happen!

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Comprehensive Undergraduate Biochemistry Course Listings

Catalog TitleCourse NumberCoordinatorDescription & Prerequisite(s)

BIOC 001 All Terms

(1 credit)

 

Biochemistry: Modern Perspect 1  

Description: This is Part I of a sequence to help students develop an understanding of what the field of biochemistry is, its core principles, and what biochemists do.

Prerequisite(s): Biochemistry major, First-year standing.

BIOCC 002 All Terms

(1 credit)

Biochemistry: Modern Perspect 2 

Description: This is Part 2 of a sequence to help students develop an understanding of what the field of biochemistry is, its core principles, and what biochemists do.

Prerequisite(s): Biochemistry major, First-year standing.

BIOC 191 Fall
(1 credit)

Undergraduate ResearchStephen EverseDescription: Participation in a research program currently being pursued by a faculty member of Department. Written report due at end of each semester.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 31, 32 or 35, and 36. Some programs may require additional courses in chemistry.
BIOC 192 Spring
(1 credit)
Undergraduate ResearchStephen EverseDescription: Participation in a research program currently being pursued by a faculty member of Department. Written report due at end of each semester.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 31, 32 or 35, 36. Some programs may require additional courses in chemistry.

BIOC 205 Fall
(3 credits)
Biochemistry IJay SilveiraDescription: Survey course covering the chemistry, structure, metabolism, and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 142, 144
BIOC 206 Spring
(3 credits)
Biochemistry II

John Burke

Chris Francklyn

Description: Survey course covering nucleic acids, protein synthesis, cellular and physiological control mechanisms.
Prerequisite(s): BIOC/CHEM/MMG 205

BIOC 207 Spring
(2 credits)
Biochemistry Laboratory

Stephen Everse

Jay Silveira

Description: Introduction to standard biochemical laboratory techniques.
Prerequisite(s): BIOC/CHEM/MMG 205 or concurrent enrollment in BIOC/CHEM/MMG 205.

BIOC 263 All Terms

(3 credits)

Nutritional Biochemistry 

Description: Comprehensive study of the metabolism of the macro-nutrients by humans with emphasis on hormonal control of biochemical pathways, nutritional and metabolic interrelationships and dietary disorders. The biochemistry of the micronutrients and vitamins will also be studied.

Prerequisite(s): BIOC 205 or PBIO 185.

BIOC 275 All Terms

(3 credits)

Advanced Biochemistry of Human Disease 

Description: The course takes a deep dive into five distinct areas of biochemistry related to a disease or group of diseases primarily through group learning. Key biochemical principles are reviewed and extended. Additionally students will read and discuss a primary literature article with each area.

Prerequisite(s): NSF 183, BIOC 201, or BIOC 205.

BIOC 284 Spring
(1 credit)
Biochemistry Senior Seminar

Stephen Everse

Scott Morrical

Description: Oral and written presentaion of a subject of current biochemical interest.
Prerequisite(s): Senior status cross listed with CHEM 284, MMG 284.

BIOC 292 All Terms

(1-18 credits)

Undergraduate ResearchStephen Everse

Description: Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded.

Prerequisite(s): Offered at department discretion.

BIOC 294 All Terms

(1-3 credits)

Teaching AssistantshipJay Roberts Silveira, Stephen Everse

Description: Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory-level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded.

Prerequisite(s): Offered at department discretion.

BIOC 295 All Terms

(1 credit)

Advanced Special TopicsJay Roberts Silveira, Stephen EverseSee Schedule of Courses for specific titles.