Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics - BCMG


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Spring 2015. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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307 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
3 hours. Includes the chemistry of cellular constituents, enzymology, metabolism, and intracellular control and elements of molecular biology. Prerequisite(s): General and organic chemistry. Lecture course intended primarily for advanced undergraduate students in associated health sciences.

399 Undergraduate Laboratory Research
1 TO 4 hours. Laboratory research for advanced undergraduates. Animals used in instruction. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Application of credit toward the degree is contingent upon the approval of the student's college and/or department. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above and consent of the instructor.

411 Introduction to Biological Chemistry
4 hours. Includes chemistry of cellular constituents; enzymology; metabolism of sugars, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids; and regulation of metabolism. Prerequisite(s): Organic chemistry. Lecture course designed primarily for students in the College of Dentistry.

501 Faculty Research Seminars
1 hours. Faculty presentation of research areas within molecular genetics. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Should be taken in the first year in the Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics program. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in the Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics program or consent of the instructor.

502 Somatic Cell and Human Genetics
4 hours. The genetics of somatic cells and advanced human genetics. Gene transfer, mutagenesis, drosophila genetics, genetic linkage and human disease, cancer genetics, and gene therapy. Prerequisite(s): GCLS 501 or consent of the instructor.

503 Research Methods in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
5 hours. Laboratory course in experimental methods in biochemistry and molecular genetics. May be repeated to a maximum of 10 hours. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor. Open only to students entering as Ph.D. students in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics.

512 Experimental Design and Analysis in Molecular Genetics
4 hours. Methods and logic in the analysis of gene function, gene cloning, analysis of genetic changes, studies of gene expression, design of experimental controls. Prerequisite(s): GCLS 501 or consent of the instructor.

513 Principles of Structure Determination and Analysis
3 hours. Explores the relationship between structural stability, kinetic properties and function of biopolymers, with particular emphasis on proteins and nucleic acids. Same as MIM 513, and PMPG 513. Prerequisite(s): GCLS 501 and one year of physical chemistry, or consent of the instructor.

514 Structure and Function of Nucleic Acids
4 hours. Describes the structure and function of nucleic acids. Unravels the basic molecular mechanisms underlying heredity, including replication, transcription and recombination. Prerequisite(s): GCLS 501 or consent of the instructor.

515 Journal Club
1 hours. Student presentation and critical analysis of recent journal articles and current topics in biochemistry and molecular genetics. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

522 Strategies for Effective Scientific Communication
1 hours. Development of critical skills for evaluation, development, and execution of forms of scientific communication, including research and grant proposals, manuscripts describing original research, and review summaries. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

526 Molecular and Genetic Analysis of Development
3 hours. Examines developmental mechanisms used in animal model systems. Same as BIOS 526. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

531 Medical Biochemistry and Nutrition
3 hours. Chemistry of Biopolymers; enzymology; metabolism of carbohydrates, Lipids, amino acids and proteins; molecular biology. Intended for first year medical students. Prerequisite(s): Membership in the College of Medicine (COM) M1 medical school class. Intended/available only for first year medical students registered in the COM.

533 Nutrition for Medical Students
2 hours. Biochemical and nutritional basis of disease including heart disease, hypertension, obesity, malnutrition, and cancer. Prerequisite(s): BCMG 531 and BCMG 532 and membership in the medical school or consent of the instructor. Intended primarily for medical students.

561 Biochemistry of Cellular Regulation
3 hours. Membrane structure and function, transport, receptor and signal transduction mechanisms and growth factors. Cytoskeleton and motility, cell-cell communication, enzyme cascades and cellular control mechanisms.

563 Principles of Molecular Medicine
3 hours. A lecture/discussion/writing course which integrates biochemical and molecular biological concepts into a clinical context. Diseases will be described in terms of molecular mechanisms. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

575 Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
3 hours. Students will be exposed to, present , and discuss recent scientific literature in biochemistry and molecular genetics. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the first year of the program and consent of the instructor.

594 Special Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
1 TO 3 hours. Topics of current interest in the field of biochemistry and molecular genetics, and may include protein structure, membrane proteins and trafficking, development and gene regulation, signal transduction, and cancer biology. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

595 Student Research Seminars
1 hours. Research presentations by graduate students in the biochemistry and molecular genetics program. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

598 Masters Thesis Research
0 TO 16 hours. Investigation carried out by M.S. candidate under the direction of a faculty member leading to the M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

599 Ph.D. Thesis Research
0 TO 16 hours. Independent dissertation research by the student, under the guidance of the adviser. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Advanced standing in the Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics program.


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This listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract. Every attempt is made to provide the most current and correct information. Courses listed here are subject to change without advance notice. Courses are not necessarily offered every term or year. Individual departments or units should be consulted for information regarding frequency of course offerings.