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.
BCH 100 - Basic Biochemistry [Lecture] (3.0)
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.
BCH 305 - Introduction to Biochemistry [Laboratory] (2.0)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum.
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)
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.