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The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major

Of all areas of modern science, the disciplines at the interface of biology and chemistry are developing most rapidly. Advances in the related fields of biochemistry and molecular biology have an enormous potential for promoting human knowledge in such diverse fields as medicine and agriculture. Thus the departments of biology and chemistry offer a major in biochemistry and molecular biology to students wishing to enter this exciting area. This program provides excellent preparation for graduate study in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and related fields.

(74 semester hours)

Required
BIOL 112 (3) - Introduction to Cells
BIOL 113 (1) - Introductory Laboratory Techniques
BIOL 205 (3) - Genetics
BIOL 306 (4) - Microbiology
BIOL 342 (4) - Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 344 (2) - Experimental Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 131 (4) - General Chemistry
CHEM 141 (1) - General Chemistry Lab
CHEM 231 (4) - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 232 (4) - Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 233 (1) - Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 234 (1) - Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 252 (4) - Introduction to Quantitative and Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 253 (1) - Introduction to Quantitative and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 321 (3) - Biochemistry I
CHEM 322 (3) - Biochemistry II
CHEM 331 (3) - Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
CHEM 332 (3) - Physical Chemistry: Kinetics and Thermodynamics
CHEM 341 (3) - Intermediate Laboratory I
CHEM 342 (3) - Intermediate Laboratory II
MATH 123 (4) - Calculus I
MATH 124 (4) - Calculus II
PHYS 171 (4) - General Physics I
PHYS 172 (4) - General Physics II

Senior Exercise
Choose 1 of the following courses:
BIOL 351 (3) - Independent Research
CHEM 451 (3) - Senior Research

Of all areas of modern science, the disciplines at the interface of biology and chemistry are developing most rapidly. Advances in the related fields of biochemistry and molecular biology have an enormous potential for promoting human knowledge in such diverse fields as medicine and agriculture. Thus the departments of biology and chemistry offer a major in biochemistry and molecular biology to students wishing to enter this exciting area. This program provides excellent preparation for graduate study in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology and related fields.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major (B.S.)
Course Descriptions

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major (B.S.)
(74 semester hours)

Required:
BIOL 112      (3)    Introduction to Cells
BIOL 113      (1)    Introductory Laboratory Techniques
BIOL 205      (3)    Genetics
BIOL 228      (4)    Microbiology
BIOL 342      (4)    Cell and Molecular Biology
BIOL 344      (2)    Experimental Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 131    (3)    General Chemistry
CHEM 141    (1)    General Chemistry Lab
CHEM 231    (3)    Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 232    (4)    Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 233    (1)    Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 234    (1)    Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 252    (4)    Introduction to Quantitative and Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 253    (1)    Introduction to Quantitative and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 321    (3)    Biochemistry I
CHEM 322    (3)    Biochemistry II
CHEM 331    (3)    Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
CHEM 332    (3)    Physical Chemistry: Kinetics and Thermodynamics
CHEM 341    (3)    Intermediate Laboratory I
CHEM 342    (3)    Intermediate Laboratory II
MATH 123    (4)    Calculus I
MATH 124    (3)    Calculus II
MATH 223    (3)    Calculus III
PHYS 171    (4)    General Physics I
PHYS 172    (4)    General Physics II

Senior Exercise:
Choose 1 of the following courses:
BIOL 351      (3)    Independent Research
CHEM 451    (3)    Senior Research


Course Descriptions

BIOL 112

Introduction to Cells
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisite: BIOL 111. An introduction to cell biology, including the chemistry of biological macromolecules, cell structure, function, and reproduction. Additional topics include genetic engineering, viruses and cancer, and the cellular basis of immunity. V.8a

BIOL 113

Introductory Laboratory Techniques
CR: 
1.0

Prerequisite or co-requisite: BIOL 112. An introduction to basic methods and instrumentation in biology, emphasizing fundamental laboratory procedures. Techniques to be studied include light and electron microscopy, spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, and chromatography. The use of computer applications for the basic analysis and presentation of data is also examined. One three-hour laboratory. III.Q, V.8b

BIOL 205

Genetics
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisite: BIOL 112. An introduction to gene action and the principles of inheritance. Topics include Mendelian genetics, chromosome theory, and molecular genetics, as well as recombinant DNA, extranuclear genomes, and population genetics. Four hours lecture and discussion. V.8a

BIOL 228

Microbiology
CR: 
4.0

Prerequisites: BIOL 112, BIOL 113, and BIOL 205. Structure, physiology, and ecology of bacteria and other microorganisms. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory. Offered alternate years.

BIOL 342

Cell and Molecular Biology
CR: 
4.0

Prerequisites: BIOL 205 and one year of chemistry. Sophomores by permission. An examination of recent work in major areas of cell biology including membranes, regulation, cellular compartmentalization, signal transduction, and cellular and molecular aspects of immunology and cancer. Three hours lecture and one hour discussion. Offered alternate years. III.W

BIOL 344

Experimental Laboratory in Cell and Molecular Biology
CR: 
2.0

Prerequisites: BIOL 205, BIOL 206, and one year of chemistry; or CHEM 321 and permission of instructor. Sophomores by permission. An introduction to current techniques and modern experimental approaches used in the study of cells and their components. Includes electrophoretic and chromatographic analysis of DNA and proteins, organelle characterization, advanced techniques in light microscopy and photomicrography, and basic techniques of genetic engineering. One four-hour laboratory. Offered alternate years.

BIOL 351

Independent Research
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisites: BS degree biology majors with senior standing and permission of the instructor. An independent research project selected and carried out in consultation with a faculty sponsor. A written report and an oral presentation are required. III.W

CHEM 131

General Chemistry
CR: 
4.0

Prerequisite: Placement or permission; or CHEM 120. Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 141. This course is an introduction to chemical principles and it is open to students having appropriate backgrounds in science and mathematics. Areas of emphasis include chemical equations and reactions, stoichiometry, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility equilibria, electronic structure of atoms, periodic relationships, molecular structure and bonding, intermolecular forces, properties of solutions, and an introduction to organic chemistry. Applications of modern chemistry are discussed whenever appropriate and are explored in the associated laboratory course, CHEM 141. III.Q, V.8a

CHEM 141

General Chemistry Laboratory
CR: 
1.0

Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 131. An introduction to experimental chemistry. laboratory modules emphasize investigation of the chemistry in everyday life and introduce modern analytical techniques. A nominal lab fee may be required for this course. One three-hour laboratory. V.8b

CHEM 231

Organic Chemistry I
CR: 
4.0

Prerequisites: CHEM 131 and CHEM 141. Co-requisite: CHEM 233. A study of the chief classes of carbon compounds, including their syntheses and the mechanisms of their reactions. The methods for determining reaction mechanisms are studied in detail. Four hours lecture. V.8a

CHEM 232

Organic Chemistry II
CR: 
4.0

Prerequisites: CHEM 231 and CHEM 233. Co-requisite: CHEM 234. A continuation of CHEM 231. Four hours lecture.

CHEM 233

Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CR: 
1.0

Prerequisites: CHEM 131 and CHEM 141. Co-requisite: CHEM 231. Experiments are designed to introduce students to the techniques of separation, purification, and synthesis of organic compounds. Techniques for studying reaction mechanisms, spectroscopy, and the use of literature of chemistry are also covered. A nominal laboratory fee may be required for this course. One three-hour laboratory. V.8b

CHEM 234

Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
CR: 
1.0

Prerequisites: CHEM 231 and CHEM 233. Co-requisite: CHEM 232. A continuation of CHEM 233. A nominal laboratory fee may be required for this course. One three-hour laboratory.

CHEM 252

Introduction to Quantitative and Inorganic Chemistry
CR: 
4.0

Prerequisites: CHEM 131 and CHEM 141. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH 123. Co-requisite: CHEM 253. Topics include a detailed study of chemistry in the gas phase, thermochemistry and chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, an introduction to main-group inorganic chemistry, an introduction to transition metal complexes, metallurgy, industrial chemistry, and an introduction to nuclear chemistry. Four hours lecture. III.Q, V.8a

CHEM 253

Quantitative and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
CR: 
1.0

Co-requisite: CHEM 252. Experiments will feature applications of topics discussed in CHEM 252. A nominal laboratory fee may be required for this course. One three-hour laboratory. V.8b

CHEM 321

Biochemistry I
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisites: CHEM 231 and BIOL 112. A study of the relationship between structure and function in biomolecules including proteins and nucleic acids; methods of bioanalysis; prokaryotic DNA replication and the synthesis of proteins and RNA. CHEM 341, Intermediate Laboratory, may be elected simultaneously with this course. Four hours lecture.

CHEM 322

Biochemistry II
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisites: CHEM 321; or CHEM 231 and BIOL 205 and permission. A study of enzyme mechanics, kinetics, structures and functions; carbohydrate, amino acid, fatty acid and nucleotide degradation and biosynthesis; and the regulation of the major metabolic pathways. CHEM 342, Intermediate Laboratory, may be elected simultaneously with this course.

CHEM 331

Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisites: CHEM 252, MATH 223, and PHYS 171. This course is a study of the principles, generalizations, and theories behind modern chemistry. The course includes an introduction to quantum mechanics and its application to chemistry including molecular structure, computational chemistry, and molecular spectroscopy. It is recommended (but not required) that CHEM 232 be taken before this course and that CHEM 341 or CHEM 342, Intermediate Laboratory, be elected simultaneously with this course.

CHEM 332

Physical Chemistry: Kinetics and Thermodynamics
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisites: CHEM 252, MATH 223, and PHYS 171. This course is a study of the principles, generalizations, and theories behind modern chemistry. The laws of thermodynamics are discussed in detail and are applied to a variety of problems concerning chemical equilibrium. The tools and theories used to measure and interpret chemical kinetics are also studied. It is recommended (but not required) that CHEM 232 be taken before this course and that CHEM 341 or CHEM 342, Intermediate Laboratory, be elected simultaneously with this course.

CHEM 341

Intermediate Laboratory I
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 331 or CHEM 332. An integrated, project-oriented laboratory. Laboratory work in physical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic, advanced organic chemistry, and instrumental analysis is included. A nominal lab fee may be required for this course. One hour lecture and five hours of laboratory. III.W

CHEM 342

Intermediate Laboratory II
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisite or co-requisite: CHEM 331 or CHEM 332. An integrated, project-oriented laboratory. Laboratory work in physical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic, advanced organic chemistry, and instrumental analysis is included. A nominal lab fee may be required for this course. One hour lecture and five hours of laboratory. III.O

CHEM 451

Senior Research
CR: 
3.0

An independent research project selected and carried out in consultation with a faculty sponsor. Required of senior majors in chemistry. Bachelor of science candidates will conduct a laboratory investigation; Bachelor of Arts candidates may elect a library project. A written report and an oral presentation are required. A nominal lab fee may be required for this course. III.O, III.W

MATH 123

Calculus I
CR: 
4.0

Limits, differentiation and integration of polynomials and trigonometric functions. Applications of calculus including graphing, related rates and max-min problems. This course includes a three-hour laboratory session. III.Q

MATH 124

Calculus II
CR: 
4.0

Prerequisite: MATH 123. Applications of calculus to area and volume problems, the exponential and logarithm functions, techniques of integration, sequences and series of real numbers. III.Q

MATH 223

Calculus III
CR: 
3.0

Prerequisite: MATH 124. Topics in analytic geometry in two- and three-dimensional euclidean space, functions of several variables, partial differentiation, gradients, and multiple integration. III.Q.

PHYS 171

General Physics I
CR: 
4.0

Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH 123 or MATH 124. A study of Newton’s Laws, the conservation laws of classical mechanics and their application to physical systems, and wave motion. Three hours lecture and one three-hour laboratory. III.Q, V.8ab

PHYS 172

General Physics II
CR: 
4.0

Prerequisite: PHYS 171. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 124. A study of electricity, magnetism, circuits, electromagnetic waves, and optics. III.Q, V.8a