Biochemistry (BIOCH)

Course Offerings

BIOCH-295 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 4

Independent work in biochemistry can be conducted with any member of the biochemistry committee and, upon approval, also with other members of the biological sciences and chemistry departments and program in neuroscience and behavior.

The department
Instructor permission required.
Notes: Students conducting an independent lab research project for credit in a department, program, or lab covered by the College's chemical hygiene plan must participate in a safety training session before beginning research.

BIOCH-311 Protein Biochemistry and Cellular Metabolism

Fall. Credits: 4

This course is a rigorous introduction to the study of protein molecules and their role as catalysts in the cell. Topics include general principles of protein folding, protein structure-function correlation, enzyme kinetics and mechanism, carbohydrate and lipid biochemistry, and metabolic pathways (catabolic and anabolic) and their interaction and cross-regulation. Biological transformation of energy is considered in light of the principles of thermodynamics.

Crosslisted as: BIOL-311, CHEM-311
Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
K. Berry
Restrictions: This course is limited to Biochemistry majors only.
Prereq: BIOL-230 (or BIOL-210) and CHEM-302. Coreq: BIOCH-311L.

BIOCH-314 Nucleic Acids Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Spring. Credits: 4

This course is an in-depth examination of DNA and RNA structures and how these structures support their respective functions during replication, transcription, and translation of the genetic material. Emphasis is on the detailed mechanisms associated with each step of gene expression. Discussions incorporate many recent advances brought about by recombinant DNA technology.

Applies to requirement(s): Math Sciences
K. Berry
Restrictions: This course is limited to Biochemistry majors only.
Prereq: BIOCH-311. Coreq: BIOCH-314L.

BIOCH-330 Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

BIOCH-330MB Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course each year examines a number of important and exciting topics in biochemistry, molecular biology, and other related fields of biology. The intellectual and research development that formulated these fundamental concepts is traced through extensive readings of the primary literature. Discussions emphasize the critical evaluation of experimental techniques, data analysis, and interpretation. Substantial student participation in the form of oral presentation is expected. This course will focus on antibiotic resistance and the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
K. McMenimen
Prereq: BIOCH-311 or BIOCH-314.

BIOCH-395 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 8

Independent work in biochemistry can be conducted with any member of the biochemistry committee and, upon approval, also with other members of the biological sciences and chemistry departments and program in neuroscience and behavior.

The department
Instructor permission required.
Notes: See safety training restrictions in the course description for Biochemistry 295

BIOCH-399 Comprehensive Seminar

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

A seminar series consisting of meetings to discuss articles and material from the current biochemical literature. Students will attend lectures, write papers, and give presentations in culmination of their biochemistry experience. Discussions relevant to graduate school applications and careers in biochemical fields will also be held.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
K. McMenimen
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.; This course is limited to Biochemistry majors only.
Advisory: Juniors and senior biochemistry majors only.
Notes: Highly recommended for junior biochemistry majors; Biochemistry majors are required to complete one semester of this course for graduation. Credit/No Credit grading only