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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) currently not offered
  • 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 4701 (Honr 2175) - Science and Medicine (3 credits) Currently not offered

Program Director

Jack Vanderhoek

Division Director:
Jack Vanderhoek, PhD