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Top BB 100 THE MOLECULES OF LIFE (2) 
A brief introduction to molecular biology for nonspecialists. Subjects vary, but have included biochemical basis of the origin of life, biochemical genetics, biochemical aspects of memory and behavior, mutagenesis, bioenergetics and nutrition, and environmental biochemistry.

Top BB 111 INTRODUCTION TO BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS RESEARCH (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Designed to introduce biochemistry and biophysics students to departmental research opportunities and advisors.

Top BB 314 CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Fundamental concepts of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell biology. Emphasizes cell structure and function at the molecular level. Lec/rec. CROSSLISTED as BI 314. PREREQS: ( (BI 211 [C-] or BI 211H [C-] ) and (BI 212 [C-] or BI 212H [C-] ) and (BI 213 [C-] or BI 213H [C-] ) ) and (CH 331* [C-] or CH 334* [C-] )

Top BB 314H CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Fundamental concepts of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell biology. Emphasizes cell structure and function at the molecular level. Lec/rec. CROSSLISTED as BI 314H. PREREQS: ( (BI 211 [C-] or BI 211H [C-] ) and (BI 212 [C-] or BI 212H [C-] ) and (BI 213 [C-] or BI 213H [C-] ) ) and (CH 331* [C-] or CH 334* [C-] )

Top BB 315 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LABORATORY (3)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course Has Extra Fees
Laboratory projects exploring the transmission of genetic information from storage to function will introduce students to fundamental molecular biology concepts and techniques, including isolation of DNA, construction of recombinant plasmids, quantification of gene expression in model organisms, polymerase chain reaction, and analysis of protein expression and subcellalar localization. Lec/lab. (Writing Intensive Course) CROSSLISTED as BI 315. PREREQS: BI 314* [D-] or BI 314H* [D-] or BB 314* [D-] or BB 314H* [D-]

Top BB 317 SCIENTIFIC THEORY AND PRACTICE (3)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Teaches students the practice of biological science. Topics cover scientific theory, communications, and critical evaluation. CROSSLISTED as BI 317. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: (BI 213 [D-] or BI 213H [D-] ) and /or equivalent.

Top BB 331 INTRODUCTION TO MOLECULAR BIOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Course dealing with the molecular basis of cellular function, with emphasis upon modern developments, and the foundation for practical applications of this knowledge. The course will involve the conceptual background necessary to appreciate the applications of molecular biology. Throughout the course opportunities will be given to discuss public policy issues and questions: What are the moral and practical problems that flow from identification of an individual as being at risk for a late-appearing genetic disorder, such as Huntington's disease or certain cancers? Does the scientific or public value of knowing the entire DNA sequence of the human genome justify a situation in which individual or small-scale research cannot be supported? What issues arise when the fruits of biological research, mostly publicly funded, are commercialized? Should a novel organism be patented? How can biotechnology be applied to environmental problems? (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: (CH 122 [D-] or CH 202 [D-] or CH 222 [D-] or CH 225H [D-] or ( (CH 232 [D-] or CH 232H [D-] ) or (CH 262 [D-] or CH 262H [D-] or CH 272 [D-] ) ) )

Top BB 332 MOLECULAR MEDICINE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Provides students an understanding of medical advances from a rapidly evolving molecular point of view. Advances in knowledge of the human genome arising from DNA sequencing efforts and major leaps in understanding of the regulating cellular growth and division are presented in an easy-to-understand fashion appropriate for students in all majors. Course discussions and assignments will cover implications of advances in molecular medicine from ethical, economic, technical and societal standpoints. The aim of the course is to present technical material in a way that non-scientists will understand and conversely to summarize ethical, economic, and philosophical considerations in a way that the scientists understand the implications of these technologies. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Any biology course.

Top BB 350 ELEMENTARY BIOCHEMISTRY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Service course for students desiring a short introduction to biochemistry. Four lectures weekly. PREREQS: (CH 331 [D-] and CH 332* [D-] ) and /or equivalent.

Top BB 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top BB 399H SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top BB 401 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top BB 403 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top BB 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top BB 405H READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top BB 407 BIOCHEMISTRY/BIOPHYSICS SEMINAR (1-16) 
Informal seminars presenting information about research problems and careers and research programs on campus in biochemistry or biophysics. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.

Top BB 407H BIOCHEMISTRY/BIOPHYSICS SEMINAR (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
Informal seminars presenting information about research problems and careers and research programs on campus in biochemistry or biophysics. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top BB 410 INTERNSHIP (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top BB 450 GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Sequence course for students with a limited background in physical chemistry. BB 450/BB 550, three lectures and one recitation. BB 451/BB 551, three lectures. PREREQS: (CH 332 [D-] or CH 336 [D-] ) and BB 450 and BB 451 must be taken in order.

Top BB 451 GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Sequence course for students with a limited background in physical chemistry. BB 450/BB 550, three lectures and one recitation. BB 451/BB 551, three lectures. PREREQS: (BB 450 [D-] or BB 450H [D-] ) and BB 450 and BB 451 must be taken in order.

Top BB 460 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
History and theory of cell biology; microscopy and other techniques to study cells and organelles; membranes; organelles; protein import; cell signaling; cytoskeleton; polarity; cell cycle; stem cells; pattern formation; cancer biology PREREQS: BB 314 [C-] or BI 314 [C-] or BI 314H [C-] or BB 451 [C-] or BB 492 [C-]

Top BB 481 MACROMOLECULAR STRUCTURE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to structural biology, the discipline focused on understanding the structural properties of biological macromolecules--especially proteins and nucleic acids--and relating them to their function. Introduces students to the vocabulary and tools of this discipline, covering both the fundamental physico-chemical principles governing the structure and function of biological macromolecules and a selected set of widely used experimental and theoretical approaches to their characterization. This is done through lectures, and textbook and literature readings. Graduate students receive additional experience in scientific reading, writing and presentation through a literature-based term project. PREREQS: BB 450 [D-] or BB 490 [D-]

Top BB 482 BIOPHYSICS (3) 
Sequence professional course covering quantitative properties of biological systems and biological phenomena using concepts derived from mathematics and physics. PREREQS: (BB 481 [D-] and CH 442 [D-] )

Top BB 483 ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS: CAPSTONE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Covers applications of advanced biophysical techniques, and how these fit within the larger context of biochemistry, biology and society. Explores techniques and their applications to macromolecules as well as the scientific process. Techniques discussed include in vitro, in vivo, and in silico methods, with an emphasis on biomolecular interactions. PREREQS: BB 482 [D-] or BB 582 [D-]

Top BB 484 CHROMATIN AND EPIGENETICS (3) 
An in-depth look at "chromatin" (the complex generated by DNA, RNA and complex protein) and how it behaves during gene activation and silencing. Specific examples of long-lasting gene regulation (across cell cycles) will be used to describe the concept of "epigenetic" gene regulation by modification of DNA or proteins. The class will combine more traditional lectures with discussion periods where primary research papers will be analyzed. The target audience is third- and fourth-year students as well as graduate students. PREREQS: ( (BI 314 [C-] or BI 314H [C-] or BB 314 [C-] or BB 314H [C-] ) and (BI 315 [C-] or BB 315 [C-] or BB 493 [C-] or BB 493H [C-] ) ) and prerequisites can be waived with instructor permission.

Top BB 485 APPLIED BIOINFORMATICS (3) 
The fundamentals of bioinformatics are presented, which will enable an understanding of the software and methods used in answering questions in bioinformatics. The student will gain a working knowledge of the bioinformatics analysis of contemporary techniques such as databases, gene and genome annotations, functional annotations, sequence alignment, motif finding, secondary structure prediction, phylogenetic tree construction, high-throughput sequence data, ChIP-Seq peak identification, transcriptome profiling by RNA-Seq, microRNA discovery and target prediction. PREREQS: BI 314 [C-] or BI 314H [C-] and /or equivalent or by instructor approval.

Top BB 486 ADVANCED MOLECULAR GENETICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Combines analyses of state-of-the-art primary literature with lectures that give a historical perspective on some of the most important "model" organisms used in biology, i.e. organisms that have been widely used to decipher the general "rules for life" on the planet. These include examples among the bacteria, plants, fungi, worms, flies and mammals. PREREQS: (BI 314 [C-] or BI 314H [C-] or BB 314 [C-] ) and (BI 315 [C-] or BB 315 [C-] ) and BB 492 [D-] and prerequisites can be waived with instructor permission.

Top BB 490 BIOCHEMISTRY 1: STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Sequence professional course to meet the requirements of majors in biochemistry and biophysics. The first course in the series, BB 490/BB590, covers how the structure and function of biological macromolecules arises from the organic chemistry of their fundamental building blocks. The organic chemistry of biochemistry will be a focus, including the mechanisms by which enzymes catalyze biological reactions. PREREQS: (CH 332 [C-] or CH 336 [C-] ) and BB 490, BB 491, BB 492 must be taken in order.

Top BB 491 BIOCHEMISTRY 2: METABOLISM (3) 
Sequence professional course to meet the requirements of majors in biochemistry and biophysics. The second course in a series, BB 491/BB 591 covers the mechanisms and regulation of the pathways by which cells break down fuel molecules, conserve some of the released energy in the form of reactive nucleotides, and use this energy to create biological building blocks from simpler metabolites. PREREQS: (BB 490 [D-] or BB 590 [D-] )

Top BB 492 BIOCHEMISTRY 3: GENETIC BIOCHEMISTRY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Sequence professional course to meet the requirements of majors in biochemistry and biophysics. The third course in the series, BB 492/BB 592 focuses on genetic biochemistry, including the synthesis of nucleotides, DNA synthesis and repair, RNA synthesis and processing, and protein synthesis and modification. PREREQS: (BB 490 [D-] or BB 590 [D-] ) and (BB 491 [D-] or BB 591 [D-] ) and BB 490/BB 590, BB 491/BB 591, and BB 492/BB 592 must be taken in order.

Top BB 493 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY MOLECULAR TECHNIQUES 1 (3)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Laboratory course to accompany BB 450, BB 451 or BB 490, BB 491, BB 492. Lec/lab. PREREQS: (BB 451 [D-] or BB 451H [D-] ) or BB 492 [D-] and departmental approval required.

Top BB 494 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY MOLECULAR TECHNIQUES 2 (3) 
Laboratory to accompany BB 450, BB 451 or BB 490, BB 491, BB 492. Lec/lab. PREREQS: BB 493 [D-] or BB 593 [D-] or BB 315 [D-] or BI 315 [D-]

Top BB 496 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY MOLECULAR MODELING (1) 
Introduces students from biochemistry and related fields to the fundamentals of computer-based analyses of protein structure and to hands-on manipulation of three-dimensional images. COREQS: BB 494

Top BB 497 BASIC NUCLEIC ACID AND PROTEIN SEQUENCE ANALYSIS (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Course teaching students how to carry out computer-based analyses of nucleic acid and protein sequences. COREQS: BB 493

Top BB 498 ASBMB CERTIFICATION EXAM (0) 
A comprehensive, standardized test administered by the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and used as a direct assessment of the discipline specific knowledge of seniors in the majors administered by the Biochemistry and Biophysics department. A pass will be given to all students who complete the exam. Contact the Biochemistry and Biophysics Program for more information. PREREQS: Biochemistry and Biophysics major with senior standing.

Top BB 499 SPECIAL TOPICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms


Top BB 501 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top BB 503 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits.

Top BB 505 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top BB 507 SEMINAR (1-2)  Offered in current or future terms
Section 1: Descriptions of campus research programs in biochemistry and biophysics, 1 credit fall. Graded P/N. Student presentations of current research literature, 1 credit winter and spring. Should be taken by all entering departmental graduate students. Section 2: Presentation of departmental research seminar, 2 credits any term. PhD candidates in biochemistry and biophysics present a departmental research seminar in the third or fourth year. One registers in the term the seminar is presented. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top BB 550 GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Sequence course for students with a limited background in physical chemistry. BB 450/BB 550, three lectures and one recitation. BB 451/BB 551 and BB 452, three lectures. PREREQS: CH 332. BB 550, BB 551 must be taken in order.

Top BB 551 GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Sequence course for students with a limited background in physical chemistry. BB 450/BB 550, three lectures and one recitation. BB 451/BB 551 and BB 452, three lectures. PREREQS: BB 550

Top BB 560 ADVANCED CELL BIOLOGY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
History and theory of cell biology; microscopy and other techniques to study cells and organelles; membranes; organelles; protein import; cell signaling; cytoskeleton; polarity; cell cycle; stem cells; pattern formation; cancer biology PREREQS: BB 314 or BI 314 or BI 314H or BB 492 or BB 451

Top BB 581 MACROMOLECULAR STRUCTURE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to structural biology, the discipline focused on understanding the structural properties of biological macromolecules--especially proteins and nucleic acids--and relating them to their function. Introduces students to the vocabulary and tools of this discipline, covering both the fundamental physico-chemical principles governing the structure and function of biological macromolecules and a selected set of widely used experimental and theoretical approaches to their characterization. This is done through lectures, and textbook and literature readings. Graduate students receive additional experience in scientific reading, writing and presentation through a literature-based term project. PREREQS: BB 450 or BB 490

Top BB 582 BIOPHYSICS (3) 
Sequence professional course covering quantitative properties of biological systems and biological phenomena using concepts derived from mathematics and physics. PREREQS: BB 581 [C] and CH 442

Top BB 583 ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS: CAPSTONE (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Covers applications of advanced biophysical techniques, and how these fit within the larger context of biochemistry, biology and society. Explores techniques and their applications to macromolecules as well as the scientific process. Techniques discussed include in vitro, in vivo, and in silico methods, with an emphasis on biomolecular interactions. PREREQS: BB 582 [C]

Top BB 584 CHROMATIN AND EPIGENETICS (3) 
An in-depth look at "chromatin" (the complex generated by DNA, RNA and complex protein) and how it behaves during gene activation and silencing. Specific examples of long-lasting gene regulation (across cell cycles) will be used to describe the concept of "epigenetic" gene regulation by modification of DNA or proteins. The class will combine more traditional lectures with discussion periods where primary research papers will be analyzed. The target audience is third- and fourth-year students as well as graduate students. PREREQS: (BI 314 or BI 314H) and BI 315. Prerequisites can be waived with instructor permission.

Top BB 585 APPLIED BIOINFORMATICS (3) 
The fundamentals of bioinformatics are presented, which will enable an understanding of the software and methods used in answering questions in bioinformatics. The student will gain a working knowledge of the bioinformatics analysis of contemporary techniques such as databases, gene and genome annotations, functional annotations, sequence alignment, motif finding, secondary structure prediction, phylogenetic tree construction, high-throughput sequence data, ChIP-Seq peak identification, transcriptome profiling by RNA-Seq, microRNA discovery and target prediction. PREREQS: BI 314 or BI 314H or equivalent or by instructor approval.

Top BB 586 ADVANCED MOLECULAR GENETICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Combines analyses of state-of-the-art primary literature with lectures that give a historical perspective on some of the most important "model" organisms used in biology, i.e. organisms that have been widely used to decipher the general "rules for life" on the planet. These include examples among the bacteria, plants, fungi, worms, flies and mammals. PREREQS: (BI 314 or BI 314H) and BI 315 and BB 492. Prerequisites can be waived with instructor permission.

Top BB 590 BIOCHEMISTRY 1: STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Sequence professional course to meet the requirements of majors in biochemistry and biophysics. The first course in the series, BB 490/BB 590, covers how the structure and function of biological macromolecules arises from the organic chemistry of their fundamental building blocks. The organic chemistry of biochemistry will be a focus, including the mechanisms by which enzymes catalyze biological reactions. PREREQS: (CH 332 or CH 336). BB 590, BB 591, BB 592 must be taken in order.

Top BB 591 BIOCHEMISTRY 2: METABOLISM (3) 
Sequence professional course to meet the requirements of majors in biochemistry and biophysics. The second course in a series, BB 491/BB 591 covers the mechanisms and regulation of the pathways by which cells break down fuel molecules, conserve some of the released energy in the form of reactive nucleotides, and use this energy to create biological building blocks from simpler metabolites. PREREQS: BB 590 [C] and /or BB 490

Top BB 592 BIOCHEMISTRY 3: GENETIC BIOCHEMISTRY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Sequence professional course to meet the requirements of majors in biochemistry and biophysics. The third course in the series, BB 492/BB 592 focuses on genetic biochemistry, including the synthesis of nucleotides, DNA synthesis and repair, RNA synthesis and processing, and protein synthesis and modification. PREREQS: BB 590 [C] and BB 591 [C] and BB 590, BB 591, and BB 592 must be taken in order.

Top BB 593 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY MOLECULAR TECHNIQUES 1 (3)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Laboratory course to accompany BB 450, BB 451 or BB 490, BB 491, BB 492. Lec/lab. PREREQS: (BB 451 or BB 451H) or BB 492 and departmental approval required.

Top BB 594 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY MOLECULAR TECHNIQUES 2 (3) 
Laboratory to accompany BB 450, BB 451 or BB 490, BB 491, BB 492. Lec/lab. PREREQS: BB 493 or BB 593 or BB 315 or BI 315

Top BB 596 BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY MOLECULAR MODELING (1) 
A course to introduce students from biochemistry and related fields to the fundamentals of computer-based analyses of protein structure and to hands-on manipulation of three-dimensional images. COREQS: BB 594

Top BB 597 BASIC NUCLEIC ACID AND PROTEIN SEQUENCE ANALYSIS (1)  Offered in current or future terms
Course teaching students how to carry out computer-based analyses of nucleic acid and protein sequences. COREQS: BB 593

Top BB 599 SPECIAL TOPICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms


Top BB 601 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top BB 603 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 999 credits.

Top BB 605 READING & CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top BB 607 SEMINAR (1-2)  Offered in current or future terms
Section 1: Descriptions of campus research programs in biochemistry and biophysics, 1 credit fall. Graded P/N. Student presentations of current research literature, 1 credit winter and spring. Should be taken by all entering departmental graduate students. Section 2: Presentation of departmental research seminar, 2 credits any term. PhD candidates in biochemistry and biophysics present a departmental research seminar in the third or fourth year. One registers in the term the seminar is presented. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top BB 650 SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Nonsequence courses designed to acquaint student with current research in biochemistry and biophysics. Courses include enzyme kinetics, cell cycle and cancer, neurochemistry, oxidative stress, cell adhesion and motility. Most courses offered alternate years. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits.

Top BB 651 SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS (3) 
Nonsequence courses designed to acquaint student with current research in biochemistry and biophysics. Courses include cell surfaces, enzyme kinetics, metabolism, neurochemistry, trace element metabolism, biological oxidations, and bioenergetics. Most courses offered alternate years. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits.

Top BB 652 SELECTED TOPICS IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Nonsequence courses designed to acquaint student with current research in biochemistry and biophysics. Courses include enzyme kinetics, metabolism, neurochemistry, trace element metabolism, biological oxidations, and bioenergetics. Most courses offered alternate years. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 18 credits.

Top BB 654 PROTEINS (3) 
Advanced treatment of protein structure and function. PREREQS: (BB 451 or BB 551) and (BB 492 or BB 592) or equivalent

Top BB 662 HORMONE ACTION (3) 
Mechanisms of action of peptide and steroid hormones and related compounds at the cellular level. CROSSLISTED as ANS 662, MCB 662. PREREQS: BB 551 [C] or BB 592 [C]

Top BB 664 PHYSICAL METHODS IN BIOPHYSICS AND BIOCHEMISTRY (3) 
Important techniques for studying biopolymers and biological systems. Not offered every year. PREREQS: BB 483 or BB 583



 
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