Course Description


BCH 100
Basic Biochemistry [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course should be considered for those in need of remediation for chemistry and biology in pursuit of degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or Nursing. It will cover basic language of chemical principles during the first two thirds of the semester including dimensional analysis, atomic theory and structure, composition of matter, periodic table relationships, formula and equation writing, chemical reaction, solution chemistry, and acid/base chemistry. It will also include biology during the last one third of the semester, including proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. It is recommended for students who have not had any previous chemistry or biology, or who have had these more than 5 years ago, or who did poorly in previous chemistry and biology courses. This course may not be applied toward a chemistry major or minor, or a biology major or minor. The foundational concepts covered in this course will provide students with the ability to analyze God's creation using chemical and biological principles. Offered on demand.

BCH 231
Introduction to Research and Scientific Communication [Lecture] (2.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course will provide the opportunity to critically examine and critique primary scientific literature, to communicate the implications of the work through verbal and written methods, and prepare students for research in the biological or chemical sciences. Prerequisite: BIO 111 and 112 sequence or CHM 111 and 112 sequence

BCH 305
Introduction to Biochemistry [Laboratory] (2.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Laboratory experiments include sequence determination of a dipeptide, kinetic analysis of the acid phosphatase enzyme, purification of a blood plasma protein, SDS gel electrophoresis, Western blotting, and synthesis and purification of glucose-1-phosphate. Computer analysis of data is emphasized. Prerequisites: CHM 212 Lecture and Lab. Course fee applicable.

BCH 305
Introduction to Biochemistry [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Important metabolic pathways are introduced. Protein structure and function are emphasized. Fundamental concepts in biochemistry, energetics, and enzymology are presented along with the main pathways of metabolism. The coordinate regulation of glycolysis, TCA cycle, pentose cycle, glycogen metabolism, and lipid metabolism are discussed. Prerequisites: CHM 212 Lecture and Lab.

BCH 306
Molecular Biology [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course will focus on the major topics of molecular biology. These topics include the flow of genetic information, DNA replication, repair and recombination, RNA synthesis and processing, protein synthesis, control of gene expression, and recombinant DNA technology. Additional topics addressed in BCH 306 will include amino acid synthesis, drug development, and the immune system. This course is a continuation of topics covered in BCH 305. It is strongly recommended that students complete BCH 305 before taking BCH 306. Prerequisites: CHM 212 Lecture and Lab. (Offered alternate years)

BCH 330
Bioinformatics [Lecture] (2.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Bioinformatics is a survey course of the major topics and techniques used to explore and utilize the many biological, biochemical, genetic and chemical databases and information repositories available across the world-wide web. Subjects discussed will include multiple sequence alignment, sequence database searching, prediction of RNA secondary structure, protein classification, DNA microarrays and genome analysis. Prerequisites: BIO 101 and BIO 102. (Offered alternate years)

BCH 350
Structured Study [Lecture] (1.0-3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Students complete a structured study of approved topics in biochemistry. The course may be repeated with different topics. (Offered on demand)

BCH 450
Internship [Practicum] (3.0-6.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This internship provides the opportunity to gain practical experience in a laboratory or field placement.

BCH 495
Independent Study [Independent Study] (1.0-3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the Academic Dean, and the Registrar.

BCH 498
Undergraduate Research [Independent Study] (1.0-3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The undergraduate research experience is a capstone for the biochemistry major. Students undertake a project under the direct supervision of an advisor. This research may result in a published paper and/or presentation at the Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the Rochester section of the American Chemical Society. A final written report and laboratory notebook are submitted at the completion of the project.


The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.