Course Descriptions

Biochemistry curriculum

BIOC 880 PRINCIPLES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CANCER RESEARCH, 3 credits, Fall Semester
(PAMM 880, PHSC 880, PHAR 880)
This course surveys the biology and biochemical mechanisms underlying cancer development, prevention and therapy. Areas included are nutrition, immunology, genetics, oncogenes, growth factors, chemical carcinogenesis, metastasis, chemotherapeutic agents. Prereq: BRTP or equivalent, permission of instructor.

BIOC 896 RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS, 1-6 CREDITS

BIOC 921 BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY, 3 credits, Spring Semester
Presented at intervals depending upon the interest of the faculty or the request of students. Several spectroscopic and analytical methods are presented including NMR, mass spectrometry, HPLC, CD, EPR, X-ray, electrophoresis, and fluorescence energy transfer. Prereq: BRTP 821/822/823/824 and permission of instructor.

BIOC 935, ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, 4 credits, Fall Semester
A comprehensive and advanced coverage of the major areas of biochemistry and molecular biology. Reading and discussion of current literature are an integral part of these courses. Prereq: BRTP 821/822/823/824 and permission of instructor. Graduate Committee approval must be obtained before registering for courses in this series if the student has not had BRTP 821/822/823/824.

BIOC 970 SEMINAR/JOURNAL CLUB, 1 credit, Spring and Fall Semesters
This required course involves a weekly formal seminar given by visiting scientists, faculty and senior graduate students. This course also includes a weekly journal club article presentation for graduate students. Prereq: Permission of instructor, staff.

BRTP 821 MACROMOLECULAR STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION, 4 credits, Fall Semester
This course provides an introduction to fundamental concepts in the biochemistry of macromolecules, including the structure, characterization, purification, and functional analysis of proteins and nucleic acids. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

BRTP 822, MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY, 3 credits, Fall Semester
This course provides an introduction to fundamental concepts of cell structure, cell division, the experimental study of cells, and the regulation of gene expression. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

BRTP 823 GENETICS AND GENE REGULATION, 2 credits, Spring Semester
This course provides the fundamental concepts for understanding genetic analysis and cell function. The relationships between cellular functions and their biochemistry are examined in membrane transport, energy production, protein secretion, cytoskeletal structure/function, and cell specification. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

BRTP 824 CELL SIGNALING, 3 credits, Spring Semester
This course provides an introduction to fundamental concepts of cell signaling and cell regulation. Concepts include receptor systems, signal transduction, regulation of membrane potential, and the relationships between cell signaling and development, cancer, neurobiology, and immunobiology. Prereq: Permission of instructor.

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