Biochemistry

Program Director: Anna McKenna

This interdisciplinary major entails the study of the structure, synthesis, properties and regulation of biomolecules in cells and organisms. Cellular, organ, and organismal processes are examined through the study of the complex molecular networks that comprise and regulate them. As such, biochemistry has strong components from the fields of both biology and chemistry. This major is especially appropriate for those who intend to pursue careers in any of the medical fields, graduate education in biochemistry, medical research or employment in the biotechnology industry.

Required Courses: (70 credits)
BIOL 121, 221, 311, 318, plus one additional 300 level BIOL course
CHEM 123, 234, 235, 236, 333 or 334, 335
BCHM 317, 321 and 320 (1 credit)
PHYS 191, 200 (or 105, 106)
MATH 119, 120
BCHM 398 (4 credits), 350 or 351 (1 credit)

Special Requirements:
Senior majors are required to give a seminar presentation on their laboratory or library research. The Chemistry Comprehensive Exam is also required.

Minor (None)

Courses (BCHM)

317 Biochemistry I. (4)
Lecture and laboratory study of the chemical characteristics of biological molecules with emphasis on bioenergetics, enzymes, metabolic pathways and integration, biological signals and membrane receptors. Prerequisites: BIOL 121, 221 and CHEM 235 or instructor's consent. Fall.

320 Biochemistry Journal Club. (1)
Student presentations and discussions of modern biochemistry literature related to specific topics or themes. Emphasis will be on literature search strategies, critical analysis of the literature and biochemistry seminars, and oral/written presentation. The biochemistry topic/theme will be selected by instructors based on their interests and background and in coordination with learning goals of BCHM 321. Prerequisite: BCHEM 317. Corequisite: BCHM 321. (Note: class meets once per cycle.) Spring.

321 Biochemistry II. (4)
A study of biological macromolecules and how they participate in binding, catalytic and regulatory reactions. Emphasis is on the role of kinetics and thermodynamics in determining the structure and function of the macromolecules, and the influence of macromolecular structure on reaction mechanisms. Laboratory emphasis is on purification and characterization of biological molecules and the study of enzyme catalysis. Prerequisite: CHEM 236 and 335. Spring.

350 Library Research and Seminar. (1-4)
In-depth library research and reading primary sources on a single topic; emphasis of seminar is on comprehension and criticism. Permission of faculty mentor is required. Prerequisite/Corequisite: BCHM 320. Fall/Spring.

398 Honors Senior Essay, Research or Creative Project. (4)
Required for graduation with "Distinction in Biochemistry." Prerequisite: HONR 396 and approval of the Biology or Chemistry department chair and directgor of the Honors Thesis program. For further information see HONR 398.