Biochemistry Courses

Code Course Credits

BCH 343

Biochemistry I

Offered: Fall Semester

Structure and dynamics of amino acids, peptides and proteins. Enzyme mechanisms and kinetics. Function and mechanisms of coenzymes, survey of carbohydrates, lipids, biological membranes and nucleic acids. An introduction to the bioenergetics and mechanisms of metabolism.

Corequisite(s): CHM 222.

3

BCH 344

Biochemistry II

Offered: Spring Semester

A comprehensive examination of metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids.

Prerequisite(s): BCH 343.

3

BCH 345

Biochemistry Laboratory (WID)

Offered: Spring Semester

The course applies both classical and modern biochemical techniques to the characterization of amino acids, the purification of proteins, the analysis of enzyme kinetics, and the study of DNA denaturation.

Prerequisite(s): BCH 343.
Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement.

4

BCH 446

Advanced Topics in Biochemistry

Offered: Offered Periodically

This course provides in-depth coverage of up-to-date advanced biochemical topics. This course is an advanced biochemistry elective for all science majors. The specific content focuses on important and ubiquitous topics in biochemistry and incorporates in-depth study of recently published literature.

Prerequisite(s): BCH 343 .

3

BCH 447

Junior Fall Biochemistry Seminar

Offered: Fall Semester

Third-year Biochemistry majors meet with Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty once a week for both internal and external seminars. Each student is required to prepare and present a half-hour seminar on a topic of his/her choice found in a current professional journal. All students are expected to attend and provide professional evaluations of other students' seminar presentations.

Prerequisite(s): Junior Biochemistry majors only.
Students will earn four credits in the second semester senior year upon successful completion of BCH 447, BCH 448, BCH 449, and BCH 450 .

Zero

BCH 448

Junior Spring Biochemistry Seminar

Offered: Spring Semester

Third-year Biochemistry majors meet with Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty once a week for both internal and external seminars. All students are expected to attend and provide professional evaluations of other students' seminar presentations.

Prerequisite(s): BCH 447.
Students will earn four credits in the second semester senior year upon successful completion of BCH 447, BCH 448, BCH 449, and BCH 450 .

Zero

BCH 449

Senior Fall Biochemistry Seminar

Offered: Fall Semester

Fourth-year Biochemistry majors meet with Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty once a week for both internal and external seminar presentations. During the fall semester of the fourth year each student is required to prepare and present a half-hour seminar on a topic of his/her choice found in a current professional journal. All students are expected to attend and provide professional evaluations of other students' seminar presentations. During the fall semester, each fourth-year student will be expected to start writing a thesis. Preferably this thesis will cover experimental or theoretical research the student has actually done.

Prerequisite(s): BCH 448.
Students will earn four credits in the second semester senior year upon successful completion of BCH 447, BCH 448, BCH 449 and BCH 450.

Zero

BCH 450

Senior Spring Biochemistry Seminar & Thesis

Offered: Spring Semester

Fourth-year Biochemistry majors meet with Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty once a week for both internal and external seminar presentations. All students are expected to attend and provide professional evaluations of other students' seminar presentations. Each fourth-year student will be expected to write and defend his/her thesis in the spring semester of the fourth year.

Prerequisite(s): BCH 449.
Students will earn four credits in the second semester senior year upon successful completion of BCH 447, BCH 448, BCH 449, and BCH 450.

4

BCH 475

Internship in Biochemistry

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity to obtain research or practical experience in biochemistry at an industrial, government, hospital or university setting. Approval of the site supervisor and the Director of the Biochemistry Program required.

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3 to Fifteen

BCH 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Investigation in some field for which the student has special interest not covered by a normally-scheduled course. Student must present plans in advance of pre-registration to some full-time faculty member who will agree to direct and evaluate the project.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of the faculty member directing the project and the Director of the Biochemistry Program required.

3

BCH 496

Independent Research

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for students to do an advanced research project in a specialized area under the direction of a member of the Biochemistry faculty.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of the faculty member directing the project and the Director of the Biochemistry Program required.
BCH 496 must be taken for three credits to count as a course towards the major.

1 to 4

BCH 497

Biochemistry Senior Thesis

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students complete an advanced research project in a specialized area under the direction of a Biology or Chemistry faculty member, resulting in a senior thesis. This course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing in the Program; approval of both the faculty member directing the project and the Director of the Biochemistry Program required.

3