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2006-07 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

The department offers a full program of courses for the undergraduate student preparing for advanced degrees in the biological, agricultural and life sciences and for professional school.

The major course offering, BCH 4024, is designed to provide students with a general background in biochemistry and molecular biology for professional school or advanced studies in specialized areas.

The department offers an independent interdisciplinary major in biochemistry and molecular biology, in cooperation with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to those undergraduates with strong interests in cell processes, molecular biology, metabolism or physical or structural biochemistry (See Biochemistry and Molecular Biology entry under major programs). Undergraduate students in other majors who are interested in a research career in biochemistry and molecular biology should take BCH 4024 as early in their undergraduate program as possible. Students interested in supplementing these didactic course offerings with laboratory research experience can register for BMS 4905 after obtaining departmental approval. Further information on such research opportunities, advanced study and early admission can be obtained from the undergraduate studies coordinator. Students with interests in medicine or other health sciences may also choose to enroll in the interdisciplinary major program and should contact the assistant dean for preprofessional education in the College of Medicine at the end of the sophomore year or at the beginning of the junior year.

BCH 4024 Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Credits: 4; Prereq: CHM 2210, CHM 2211, CHM 3215, CHM 3216 and CHM 3217, or permission of instructor.
An introduction to physical biochemistry, intermediary metabolism and molecular biology. Topics include a survey of structure, chemistry and function of proteins and nucleic acids, enzyme kinetics and mechanisms of catalysis; a survey of the pathways of carbohydrate, lipid and nitrogen metabolism and their metabolic control; regulation of gene expression at the level of DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis.

BCH 4905 Biochemistry Senior Research
Credits: 1 to 7; can be repeated with change in content to a maximum of 15 credits. Prereq: CHM 2210, CHM 2211, CHM 3215, CHM 3216 and CHM 3217 or the equivalent, BCH 4024, and interdisciplinary major status.
Laboratory investigations of biochemical problems of current interest. Senior thesis required.

General Education Categories
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  • Composition (C)
  • Mathematical Sciences (M)
  • Humanities (H)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (S)
  • Physical (P) and Biological (B) Sciences
  • International (I) and Diversity (D) focus

Symbols Used in Course Descriptions
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  • (WR) indicates the course satisfies the writing requirement.
  • (MR) indicates the course satisfies the math requirement.
  • (S-U) indicates the course must be taken on a satisfactory-unsatisfactory basis.