Advanced biochemistry courses (course numbers 400 and above) require completion of four semesters of chemistry (two of general chemistry and two of organic). A grade of C- or better is required in the prerequisite classes for enrolling in biochemistry courses.

In addition to fulfilling the major requirements of chemistry and biochemistry majors, biochemistry courses are taken by students in a variety of majors and programs, including Biology, Animal and Avian Science, and Nutritional Science.

BCHM 386 – Experiential Learning

Credits: 3 – 6
Prerequisite: Learning Proposal approved by the Office of Experiential Learning Programs, faculty sponsor, and student’s internship sponsor. Junior standing.

CHEM (BCHM) 399 – Introduction to Chemical Research

Basic research conducted under supervision of a faculty mentor. Maximum of 3 credits per semester for a total of 6 credits. A CHEM 399 Permission Request form is available in CHM 1206. The student and the faculty member complete the form and then the student returns the form to CHM 1206 before the end of schedule adjustment so that the electronic stamp can be given in order for the student to be able to register. This must be done each semester the student wants to get credit for CHEM 399.

BCHM461 – Biochemistry I

Credits: 3
First semester of a comprehensive introduction to modern biochemistry. Structure, chemical properties, and function of proteins and enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Basic enzyme kinetics and catalytic mechanisms.

BCHM462 – Biochemistry II

Credits: 3
A continuation of BCHM 461. Metabolic pathways and metabolic regulation energy transduction in biological systems, enzyme catalytic mechanisms.

BCHM463 – Biochemistry of Physiology

Credits: 3
A one-semester introduction to general biochemistry. A study of protein structure, enzyme catalysis, metabolism, and metabolic regulation with respect to their relationship to physiology.

BCHM464 – Biochemistry Laboratory

Credits: 3
Biochemical and genetic methods for studying protein function. Site-directed mutagenesis and molecular cloning, protein purification, enzyme activity assays, computer modeling of protein structure.

BCHM465 – Biochemistry III

Credits: 3
An advanced course in biochemistry. Biochemical approach to cellular information processing. DNA and RNA structure. DNA replication, transcription, and repair. Translation of mRNA to make proteins.

BCHM485 – Physical Biochemistry (spring semester only)

Credits: 3
Physical Chemistry with applications to biological systems. Principal topics: quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, structural methods for biological macromolecules, statistical thermodynamics, transport processes in liquid phase, chemical and biochemical kinetics, modeling and simulation, polymer dynamics.

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