Course Offerings

310. Methods in Biochemistry and Cell Biology.

Fall. Credits: 4.

This course provides instruction in the theory and application of a variety of research techniques dealing with the structure and function of proteins in biological systems. Students will gain practical laboratory experience in procedures including chromatographic separation of proteins, spectrophotometric protein assays, kinetic characterization of enzymes, polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, antibody production, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), immunoblotting, and fluorescence microscopy. Additional experience will be gained in the practical application of computer-based bioinformatics tools for characterizing proteins based on their amino acid or gene sequences, as well as on mass-spectrometric analysis of peptide fragment fingerprints. This course can count as laboratory credit to accompany Biology 307 or Chemistry 414 or both. One hour of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week plus independent work.

Prerequisites: Chemistry 120-120L 211 and Biology 130-131L; or the permission of the instructor.

451-452. Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 1–4.

Qualified students may conduct original laboratory research in biochemistry and molecular biology. A student may use four credit hours of research to satisfy one of the upper level requirements in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Interested students should consult a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology committee member. Prerequisites: the permission of a sponsoring faculty member and the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology committee. At least three hours of lab work per week per credit, weekly conferences with faculty sponsor, written report at the end of the semester.

460. Internship.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 1-4.

The Internship Program is designed to introduce students to practical applications of their academic work. Students may work off campus under professional supervision in fields related to the biochemical and molecular biological sciences, such as in bioinformatics and biotechnology. Students will be required to integrate academic and work experiences in an oral and/or written report at the end of the internship. No more than 4 credits per semester for no more than two semesters. Pass/Fail credit only. This course does not satisfy an upper level course requirement for the major.

Prerequisites: Permission of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee chair.

485-486. Senior Seminar.

Spring. Credits: 4.

All Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors are required to enroll in Senior Seminar during one semester of their senior year. Senior Seminar is intended to be a broad, integrative experience in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, requiring both oral and written work.

Prerequisites: Completion of the required courses or the permission of the instructor.

495-496. Honors Tutorial.

Fall, Spring. Credits: 4-8.

Open to candidates for honors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Includes supervised honors research and instruction in an appropriate field of study. Prerequisites: Permission of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Committee and Minimum GPA of 3.5.