Academics


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  • Curriculum

    The following courses are offered by the Department of Biochemistry.

    Each year

    • BCH 710. General Biochemistry. (fall/winter - 10 hours)
    • BCH 720. Journal Club. (fall/spring - 1 hour)
    • BCH 740. Methods. (fall - 2 hours)
    • BCH 741. Advanced Methods. (winter/spring - 2 hours each quarter)
    • BCH 730. Special Topics. (Time and hours to be arranged with each instructor.) A rotation system for first-year students, in three or four six-week blocks, where each student can see first-hand what it is like to be part of different labs. After the spring quarter, students choose which lab they wish to join.

    Odd years

    • BCH 715. Physical Biochemistry. (winter - 2 hours)
    • BCH 711. Mechanisms of Enzyme Action. (spring - 2 hours)

    Even years

    • BCH 724/ID 710. Molecular Biology. (spring - 3 hours)
    • BCH 743. Cellular Biochemistry. (spring - 6 hours)

    This course covers the structure and function of eukaryotic cells, which includes gene expression and its regulation, cell cycle, organelle function, signal transduction, intracellular transport, bioenergetics and model genetic systems.

    Additional requirements

    To fulfill graduate school requirements at least 60 credit hours must be taken, and some of these may be from outside the Department of Biochemistry. The following are some of the required and recommended courses:

    • ID 714. Professional Skills (required)
    • ID 709. Ethics (required)
    • ID 740. Statistical Methods in Research I
    •  MIC 701. Medical Microbiology.
    • MIC 702. Viruses.
    • MIC 725. Microbial Physiology.
    • MIC 733. Experimental Immunochemistry and Immunobiology.
    • PHM 712. Principles of Pharmacology and Toxicology.
    • PHM 731. Principles and Procedures of Radioisotope Methodology.
    • PRM 740 and 741. Statistics.