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BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (BMB)
David R. Goode, Director/Associate Professor of Chemistry
 
The departments of Biology and Chemistry collaboratively offer the interdisciplinary major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as an academic focus opportunity for students at the interface where biology and chemistry overlap. Successful completion of the BMB major satisfies the CLAS Additional Depth of Understanding requirement and leads to a B.S. degree. In this major, biologists and chemists come together to explore life at the cellular and molecular level by applying the molecular concepts of chemistry to the complex processes that exist within living biological systems. This program is designed to prepare students for advanced study in the biological sciences, for professional study in a health field, or for a career in science or science education. For details on the courses listed below, please see the BIOLOGY and CHEMISTRY headings in this catalog.
 
Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
68 semester credit hours minimum
Successful completion of this major fulfills the CLA Additional Depth of Understanding requirement.
 
Foundational Core
One from:
CHM 111–112. General Chemistry I and II
CHM 115. Advanced General Chemistry (Successful completion of this option requires only 60 hours minimum for the major.)
CHM 221. Organic Chemistry I
CHM 222. Organic Chemistry II
BIO 211. Introduction to Biology I
BIO 212. Introduction to Biology II
MAT 133.Precalculus (may be exempted by achieving a specific score on the Math Index or Math Placement Test)
MAT 191. Calculus I
MAT 192. Calculus II
One two-course sequence from:
PHY 141–142. Introductory Physics I and II
PHY 161–162. General Physics I and II
 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Core
CHM 241. Quantitative Analysis
CHM 330. Physical Chemistry
BIO 310. Genetics
BMB 465. Biochemistry I
 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Specialization Courses
BMB 466. Biochemistry II
One course from:
BIO 410. Molecular Genetics
BIO 415. Bioinformatics
One course from:
BIO 430. Cancer Biology
BIO 450. Development
BIO 460. Eukaryotic Cell Biology
BIO 482. Immunology
BMB 467. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Laboratory Capstone
Successful completion of a senior comprehensive examination is required.
Currently, the Major Field Achievement Test in Biology is used for this purpose.
 
Additional courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, or computer science are often strongly recommended or necessary for students who wish to pursue graduate work in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or for preparation for professional study, such as medical school. Students interested in graduate work or professional programs should seek appropriate advisement early in their careers to plan carefully for these additional courses.
 
Students may attain Honors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by fulfilling the following requirements: (1) by the end of the semester in which one accumulates 90 semester credit hours, select an Honors faculty advisor and notify the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program Director in writing about the intention of attaining Honors; (2) complete the degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with grade point averages of 3.50 or above in the BMB major and 3.25 or above overall; (3) complete at least 4 semester hours of research (CHM 401 and 402 or BIO 499) with a grade point average of 3.00 or above; and (4) present the results of the research project at a research symposium or science meeting or publish the results of the research in a peer-reviewed journal.
BMB 465. Biochemistry I (3 hours)
Prerequisites: CHM 222 and a grade of C or better in BIO 212.
A course on the nature of the chemical and physiochemical properties of living organisms. Includes an overview of the synthesis and structure of biological macromolecules, enzyme kinetics, mechanisms of reactions, metabolism, and energy exchange. This course includes three one-hour lectures per week. (Every semester)
BMB 465L. Biochemistry I Laboratory (1 hour)
Pre- or corequisite: BMB 465.
Investigative laboratory component to complement CHM/BIO 465. Techniques used include electrophoresis, analysis of enzyme kinetics, chromatography, centrifugation, and protein analysis and centrifugation. Experimental design and formal laboratory writing are required. The course includes one four-hour laboratory each week. (Every year)
BMB 466. Biochemistry II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: BMB 465.
A course covering the chemistry and integration of cellular metabolism. Topics include biosynthesis and degradation of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides; photosynthesis; and the concepts of molecular physiology. The course includes three one-hour lectures each week. (Every year)
BMB 466L. Biochemistry II Laboratory (1 hour)
Pre- or corequisite: BMB 466.
Investigative laboratory component to complement BMB 466. The course focuses on the analytical tools used in the modern biochemical laboratory. Experimental design and formal laboratory writing are required. The course includes one four-hour laboratory each week. (Occasionally)
BMB 467. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Capstone Laboratory (2 hours)
Prerequisites: CHM 241, BIO 310, BMB 465.
This course is an investigative laboratory course that builds on the major themes of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree program. The course focuses on the integration of protein and nucleic acid techniques in the modern biochemical and molecular biology laboratory. Experimental design and formal laboratory writing are required. The course includes one hour of lecture and four hours of laboratory each week. (Every year)