Course Descriptions

Biochemistry curriculum


Introduction to concepts in the biochemistry of macromolecules, including the structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids, sugars and lipids. Basic material related to acid-base, buffers, intermolecular interactions, and enzymology lead to discussion of synthesis, folding, and degradation of proteins. Basic information on the structure of DNA and RNA leads to discussion of the mechanisms of replication, repair, recombination, restriction, transcription-translation and regulation of chromatin structure/gene expression.

IPBS 802 MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY 2 Credit Hours, Fall Semester

Introduction to fundamental concepts of cell structure, cell division, and death, and the mechanisms of cellular transport/trafficking, communication, and adhesion.


Introduction to fundamental concepts of how receptors regulate cell function through signal transduction networks.

BMB 815 METABOLISM 2 Credit Hours, , Spring Semester

The objective of BIOC 815 is to teach the basics of metabolism including carbohydrate, amino acid, lipid, and integrated metabolism to first year graduate students in order to help prepare them for the comprehensive exam and their careers in biochemistry or other biomedical disciplines. The 2 credit course will build upon the concept of enzymes and equilibrium covered in the IPBs series to provide an understanding of metabolism important in modern biochemistry and other biomedical sciences.

BMB 915 PROTEINS & NUCLEIC ACID 3 Credit Hours, Spring Semester

The objective of this course is to teach advanced topics regarding nucleic acid/protein structure, function, and experimental methodologies to first-year graduate students. the other major goal of this course to foster application of fundamental biochemistry concepts to understand papers from the relevant scientific literature and to promote active and critical scientific discussion. this 3 credit course will provide in-depth material in the areas of nucleic acid and protein function that are not provided in the IGPBS curriculum.

BMB 975 Critical Thinking and Applications in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3 Credit Hours, Fall Semester

The objective of this course is to prepare graduate students to think critically and apply critical thinking to a range of topics in biochemistry and molecular biology. Major topics to be covered include understanding critical thinking, and avoiding biases, advanced microscopy, cancer immunology and stem cells, autophagy, cell-cell junctions, protein structure function and signaling. Overall, this unit provides advanced material in a variety of fields related to biochemistry and/or molecular biology, with emphasis on development of critical thinking skills and applying them for analysis of data and experimental design.


Student research that is clearly distinct from ongoing or planned thesis/dissertation work, or research/lab rotations preformed prior to selecting a permanent advisor or supervisor.

BMB 970 SEMINAR 1 Credit Hour, Spring and Fall Semesters

The seminar program includes participation and presentations by graduate students, faculty and visiting biochemists. Topics presented are on the speakers own research or are reviews of current advances in the biochemistry and related areas.

BMB 999 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION 1-15 Credit Hours, Spring and Fall Semesters

Independent student research related to the PhD dissertation. This course may be utilized before or after successful completion of the comprehensive exam.