XII. Course Descriptions


Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

BIOC*2580 Introductory Biochemistry S,F,W (3-3) [0.50]
This course introduces students to the evolution, chemical structure, and biological roles of the major molecular components of the cell: including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Topics and processes integrated through understanding biological macromolecules include enzymology and intermediary metabolism, with emphasis on catabolic processes. Students will gain basic investigative skills through hands-on experiences in a laboratory setting.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM*1050 or CHEM*2300
BIOC*3560 Structure and Function in Biochemistry F,W (3-0) [0.50]
This course develops the understanding of biochemical processes, by examining the enzymatic molecular mechanisms underlying specific cellular and physiological systems. Examples may include oxygen binding/transport and the evolution of globin genes/proteins; regulation of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism; proteins that change shape, including enzymes, membrane proteins, and prion proteins, blood clotting; neurotransmission.
Prerequisite(s): BIOC*2580
BIOC*3570 Analytical Biochemistry S,F (3-4) [0.75]
This course covers the tools and techniques by which biological molecules are isolated, separated, identified, and analyzed. Detailed discussion of experimental methods for macromolecule purification characterization is included.
Prerequisite(s): (CHEM*2400 or CHEM*2480), BIOC*2580
Restriction(s): MICR*3110
BIOC*4520 Metabolic Processes F (3-0) [0.50]
This course is an in-depth study of the role of bioenergetics, regulation, and chemical mechanisms in carbohydrate, lipid, and nitrogen metabolism.
Prerequisite(s): BIOC*3560 or BIOC*3570
BIOC*4540 Enzymology W (3-3) [0.75]
This is a laboratory-intensive course where the topics studied include enzyme active sites and the mechanisms of enzyme action; enzyme kinetics and regulation; recombinant proteins and site-directed mutagenesis as tools for understanding enzymes.
Prerequisite(s): BIOC*3560 (may be taken concurrently), BIOC*3570
BIOC*4580 Membrane Biochemistry W (3-0) [0.50]
This course is a molecular examination of the structure and functions of cell membranes, cell surfaces and associated structures. Topics may include: membrane lipids; membrane protein structure; membrane transporters; ATP production; cytoskeleton; cell surface carbohydrates; membrane biogenesis; signal transduction.
Prerequisite(s): BIOC*3560 or BIOC*3570
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