Advanced Biochemistry Courses

Students enrolled in the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry discipline must take 14 semester credit hours of Advanced Biochemistry Courses: four required courses (7.0 semester credit hours), and additional advanced elective courses (7.0 semester credit hours). Also available to students in the MBB discipline are numerous advanced courses offered by the other eight thematic tracks. MBB students are required to take at least one advanced course in another discipline, and may substitute other advanced courses for those offered in Biochemistry upon approval of COGS. Conversely, the advanced MBB courses are open to students in other disciplines. In fact, the elective courses INTD 6033 and INTD 6043 have INTD rather than BIOC designations because students from disciplines other that MBB frequently enroll in these courses.

MBB Required Advanced Courses

BIOC 5085 Biophysical Methods in Biology Credit Hours: 2.0
This course covers modern biophysical methods for studying biological macromolecules in sufficient detail to understand the current literature. Topics to be covered include: Macromolecular structure determination by X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy; absorbance, fluorescence, and EPR spectroscopy; circular dichroism; light scattering; mass spectrometry; and hydrodynamics, including diffusion, electrophoresis, sedimentation velocity, and sedimentation equilibrium.
BIOC 6036 Macromolecular Structure and Mechanism Credit Hours: 2.0
This course covers the fundamentals of protein and nucleic acid structure and of enzyme catalysis. The course is required for students in the Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics track. The topics to be covered include: DNA and RNA structure, protein structure, protein folding, ligand binding by proteins, and enzyme catalysis.
BIOC 6037 Integration of Metabolic Pathways Credit Hours: 2.0
The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the individual reactions in intermediary metabolism and how the reactions are integrated by regulatory mechanisms. The topics to be covered include carbohydrate, lipid, and nitrogen metabolism and mechanisms of regulation of individual enzymes and metabolic pathways.