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 321 and 322
PHYS 191, 200 (or 105, 106)
MATH 119, 120
BIOL 200 or CHEM 320 (1 credit)
BIOL 371 or 372 or CHEM 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)

321 Biochemistry I. (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. Prerequisites: CHEM 236 and 335. Fall.

322 Biochemistry II. (4)
The regulation of metabolism from a chemical and enzymatic point of view and the integration of biological events will be explored. Mechanisms of cell and organ communication by signal transduction pathways will be investigated. Finally, the chemical events that coordinate and regulate biological processes will be discussed. Prerequisite: BCHM 321. Spring.