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Undergraduate Biochemistry

The Biochemistry department is responsible for teaching a number of undergraduate Biochemistry courses under the overall directorship of Dr. Vanderhoek. These courses also include several laboratory courses so that students can get a better appreciation of the recent advances in biochemical research.

  • Bioc 3261* - Introductory Medical Biochemistry (4 credits, also cross-listed as Bisc 3261, prerequisites Chem 2151 and 2152)
  • This is a one-semester survey course that focuses on the structures of biological macromolecules (carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins), enzyme catalysis, cellular bioenergetics and metabolism. *This course is mandatory to fulfill the requirement for the Seconday Field of Study.
    Fall | Vanderhoek
  • Bioc 3262 - Biochemistry Protein Laboratory 2, credits, also cross-listed as Bisc 3262 and Chem 3262, prerequisite Bioc 3261 or equivalent)
  • This course focuses on techniques commonly used in the study of proteins. One protein, i.e. β-galactosidase, will be examined using enzymatic assays, electrophoretic techniques, ELISAs and purification methodologies.
    Spring | Vanderhoek
  • Bioc 3263 - Special Topics (2 credits, cross-listed as Bisc 3263, prerequisite Bioc 3261)
  • This is a course with in-depth discussions of current biochemically relevant topics.
    Spring | Vanderhoek
  • Bioc 3560 - Diet, Health, and Longevity (3 credits, prerequisites Bisc 1111 - 1112 or Bioc 3261)
  • This is an introductory course that discusses various issues concerning the relationship between foods and health. The topics of the course include basic concepts of nutrition and nutrients, the effect of foods and eating behaviors on health and longevity, body weight and health, healthy eating, weight management, and the effects of natural supplements and pharmaceutical agents on health and longevity.
    Spring | Han
  • Bioc 3564 - Lipid/Carbohydrate Biotechnology (2, credits, also cross-listed as Bisc 3564 and Chem 3564, prerequisite Bioc 3261 or equivalent)
  • Analytical approaches to studying carbohydrates and lipids will be demonstrated in which milk is used as the focal point of the course. The experiments will explore lipid and carbohydrate extraction techniques, isolation and identification of glycoproteins, thin-layer and gas chromatographic methodologies and enzymatic determinations of mono-and disaccharides, cholesterol, and triglyceride content.
    Spring | Vanderhoek
  • Bioc 3820 - Bioinformatics and Computational Biochemistry (2 credits, prerequisites Bisc 1111 or equivalent and Stat 1127 or equivalent)
  • This course introduces students to bioinformatics and biostatistics within the context of biochemistry and emphasizes how today's biomedical researchers are integrating information from diverse but complementary molecular biology resources not just to analyze data but also to test hypotheses.
    Fall | Mazumder
  • BIOC 3821 - Projects in Biomed Informatics (1-2 Credits.)
  • Fall and Spring | Mazumder
  • Bioc 4195 - Undergraduate Research (1 credit, may be repeated).
  • BIOC 6242 – Bioscience Big Data Statistics(2 credits, fall)
  • Faculty of the Biochemistry department serve as mentors for the research projects of undergraduate students to nurture and expand the students' interests in laboratory-based research. Research on scientific problems must be approved by the faculty member concerned and this approval must be obtained prior to registration. A final written report on the work is required.
  • Bioc 4701 (Honr 2175) - Science and Medicine (3 credits)
  • This is the Biochemistry undergraduate Honors course, taught by Professor Ferid Murad, 1998 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.
    Fall | Murad

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine now offers Biochemistry as a Secondary Field of Study. Prerequisite courses for this program are:

  • Bisc 1111 (Cells and Molecules)
  • Bisc 1112 (Biology of Organisms)
  • BISC 6210 – Phylogenetic Systematics (4 credits)
  • Chem 2152-2152 (Organic Chemistry 1-2)

The following courses are available to undergraduates across the University and can be taken towards fulfilling the 12-credit requirement for the Secondary Field of Study:

  • BIOC 3261 (4 cr)
  • BIOC 3262 (2 cr)
  • BIOC 3263 (2 cr)
  • BIOC 3560 (3 cr)
  • BIOC 3564 (2 cr)
  • BIOC 3820 (2 cr)
  • BIOC 3821 (1-2cr)
  • BIOC 4195 (1 cr)
  • BIOC4701 (3 cr)
  • Bisc 3209 (Molecular Biology, 4 cr)

Program Director

Jack Vanderhoek

Division Director:
Jack Vanderhoek, PhD