Biochemistry Courses

BL 1250. General Biology I (3) 
This course addresses selected basic biological concepts and principles within the framework of the scientific method and modern evolutionary theory. Emphasis is on cellular biology with topics including the basic chemistry, structure, regulation, energy transformation, photosynthesis, respiration, reproduction and genetics of living systems. Coverage includes those cellular principles most important to the understanding of living organisms and (along with BL 1300 and 1301) provides the student with the foundation for the remainder of the courses of the department. Course is offered both semesters. Concurrently: BL 1251. (SCI)

BL 1251. General Biology I Lab (1) 
A laboratory course to be taken concurrently with BL 1250. Exercises reinforce concepts taught in BL 1250. Lab fee. Concurrently: BL 1250. (SCI)

BL 1300. General Biology II (3)
This second semester general biology course focuses on ecological and evolutionary concepts. Select phyla from all kingdoms are used to illustrate various concepts. Development of tissues, cells, and organs in various phyla are examined to illustrate the variety of mechanisms life forms have evolved to deal with issues such as: multicellularity, respiration, excretion, circulation, digestion, reproduction, sensory stimuli, protection, water and salt balance, movement, and defense. Lecture meets three hours per week. Course is offered both semesters. Prerequisite: BL 1250/1251. Concurrently: BL 1301.

BL 1301. General Biology II Lab (1)
Labs meet weekly for three hours and support concepts taught in lecture. Course is offered both semesters. Lab fee. Prerequisite: BL 1250/1251. Concurrently: BL 1300. 

BL 3610. Genetics (3) 
Fall and Spring semester
A study of the principles of heredity and the operation of hereditary factors in the development of plants and animals. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: BL 1250, CH 2610, equivalent or instructor approval.

BL 3620. Cell Biology (3) 
A study of the structure, chemical and molecular, and function of the cell. While the eukaryotic cell and its components is the primary consideration, procaryotic cells are studied and compared with their evolved descendants. Prerequisites: BL 1250 or equivalent. Concurrently: BL 3621 and CH 3210 or equivalent or instructor approval.

BL 3621. Cell Biology Lab (1) 
The student is introduced to those investigative techniques which are used in molecular and cell studies such as Gel Electrophoresis, Affinity Chromatography, Enzyme and ELISA assays, Blotting Techniques, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Genetic Engineering, DNA Fingerprinting, Cell Surface Receptor Identification and other pertinent techniques unique to cell investigation. Lab fee. Concurrently: BL 3620.

BL 3650. Molecular Biology (3)
A combined lecture and laboratory for the study of the chemical nature of DNA and the mechanisms and effects of gene expression. The molecular biology of prokaryotic organisms, eukaryotic organisms, and viruses will be examined, with an emphasis on genetic recombination, mapping, and expression. Advanced topics, such as the genetics of cancer and developmental genetics, will be approached through the analysis of current research in these fields. Prerequisite: BL 3610.

BL 4600. Biotechnology (3)
A study of the techniques that are being used to rapidly advance the fields of molecular biology, medicine, genetics, and all of the biological sciences. This course combines lecture with laboratory to fully teach the theory and application of current techniques for exploring cell and molecular biology. Techniques considered will include DNA sequencing, restriction mapping, protein and DNA purification, cell culture, bioinformatics and other modern techniques. Lecture and laboratory. Lab fee. Prerequisite: BL 3610 or equivalent.

CH 2610. General Chemistry I (4) 
An introductory course treating the essential principles of theoretical and descriptive chemistry. Lecture three hours, laboratory four hours a week. Lab fee. Prerequisite or concurrently: MT 1190 Precalculus. (SCI)

CH 2630. General Chemistry II (4) 
A continuation of General Chemistry I. Lecture three hours a week, laboratory four hours a week. Lab fee. Prerequisite: CH 2610 (MT 1800 Calculus I recommended). (SCI or SCII)

CH 3210. Organic Chemistry I (3) 
Basic principles including some theoretical considerations of structure and mechanism and interpretation of spectrometric data. Intended for students majoring in the natural or physical sciences. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: CH 2630. Concurrently: CH 3220. (SCII)

CH 3220. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1) 
Basic techniques and theory in various methods of separation and identification, including chromatography, spectroscopy, measurements of physical properties and interpretation of results. Simple organic preparations. Laboratory four hours a week. Lab fee. Prerequisite: CH 2630. Concurrently: CH 3210. (SCII)

CH 3230. Organic Chemistry II (3) 
A further development of the material of Organic Chemistry I. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: CH 3210. Concurrently: CH 3240.

CH 3240. Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1) 
More advanced synthetic reactions, including synthetic sequences. Qualitative organic analysis, using wet chemical methods, determination of physical properties and also instruments. Laboratory four hours a week. Lab fee. Prerequisite: CH 3220. Concurrently: CH 3230.

CH 3310. General Biochemistry I (3) 
The chemistry of living organisms and their components, including biosynthesis and metabolism of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisites: CH 3210 and CH 3450.

CH 3320. Biochemistry Laboratory (1) 
Basic techniques of experimental biochemistry, including isolation and/or characterization of the major classes of biomolecules. Laboratory four hours a week. Lab fee. Concurrently: CH 3310.

CH 3330. General Biochemistry II (3) 
A continuation of General Biochemistry I. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: CH 3310.

CH 3450. Analytical Chemistry (4) 
A course in the theory and practice of quantitative analytical chemistry. Gravimetric, volumetric and simple instrumental methods of analysis are considered. Lecture three hours a week, laboratory four hours a week. Lab fee. Prerequisite: CH 2630.

CH 3550. Biophysical Chemistry (3)

CH 4430. Instrumental Analysis I (3) 
The major types of electrometric methods and chromatography are emphasized with a survey of spectrophotometry. Lecture two hours a week. Laboratory three and a half hours a week. Lab fee. 
Prerequisites: CH 3230 and CH 3450.

CH 4450. Instrumental Analysis II (3) 
The principles and methods of spectrophotometry are emphasized with a survey of chromatography and electrochemistry. Lecture two hours a week. Laboratory three and a half hours a week. Lab fee. Prerequisites: CH 3230 and CH 3450.

CH 4960. Chemical Literature and Seminar (1)
An introduction to the use of the technical library, typical literature searches and seminar presentations. Open to all students and faculty members. Prerequisite: departmental approval.

MT 1800. Calculus I (4) 
Fall and Spring semester
The derivative, curve sketching, maxima and minima, velocity and acceleration, trigonometric and exponential functions, integration, inverse functions and logarithms. Prerequisites: at least three years of mathematics in grades 9-12 and appropriate placement test scores or a grade of C or better in either MT 1190 or MT 1510. (MTP)

MT 1810. Calculus II (4) 
Fall and Spring semester
The integral, applications of the integral (including area, volume, center of mass, continuous probability), techniques of integration, first-order differential equations, sequences and series. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in MT 1800. (MTP)

PH 2800. General Physics I (3) 
Fall and Spring semester
Principles of Newtonian mechanics and introduction to heat and thermodynamics employing calculus as needed and emphasizing the scientific method and physical reasoning. Concurrently: MT 1800 Calculus I and PH 2810. (SCI Lecture & Lab combined)

PH 2810. General Physics Laboratory I (1) 
Fall and Spring semester
Selected experiments to complement PH 2800. Two hours per week. Laboratory fee. Concurrently: PH 2800. (SCI Lecture & Lab combined)

PH 2900. General Physics II (3) 
Fall and Spring semester
Principles of classical electricity, magnetism and physical optics, making free use of calculus. Prerequisite: PH 2800. Concurrently: PH 2910. (SCI or SCII Lecture & Lab combined)

PH 2910. General Physics Laboratory II (1) 
Fall and Spring semester
Selected experiments to complement PH 2900. Two hours per week. Laboratory fee. Concurrently: PH 2900. (SCI or SCII Lecture & Lab combined)