Course Descriptions

    • BIOC 503/504Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology I, II
      • 5 lecture hours, 5 credits (each)
      • Continuous course
      • A comprehensive introductory course that describes basic biochemistry and reviews current concepts of modern cell and molecular biology

    • BIOC 505/506Experimental Biochemistry
      • 4 laboratory hours, 2 credits (each)
      • Continuous course
      • Laboratory work, including theory and practice of advanced biochemical research methods

    • BIOC 601Membranes and Lipids
      • 3 lecture hours, 3 credits
      • Semester course
      • Comprehensive presentation of important areas in biological membrane research; key topics include techniques in the study of membrane lipids and proteins, "order" and organization in membranes, transport, receptors and cell surface antigens, physical measurements in membranes, reconstituted systems, and signal transduction

    • BIOC 605Molecular Biology
      • 2 lecture hours, 3 credits
      • Semester course
      • An advanced course on molecular biology: eukaryotic replication, transcription, RNA processing, control of gene expression, translation, cell cycle, oncogenes and tumor suppressors, viral vectors, and gene therapy

    • BIOC 651Biochemistry Journal Club
      • 1 credit
      • All semesters
      • Reports on recent biochemical literature and research by students with faculty guidance

    • BIOC652Cancer Biology Journal Club
      • 1 credit
      • All semesters
      • Reports on recent cancer biology literature and research by students with faculty guidance

    • BIOC 661Critical Scientific Thinking
      • 1 lecture hour, 1 credit (each)
      • Semester course
      • Intensive reading course that provides basic instruction in the critical evaluation of scientific literature

    • BIOC 690Biochemistry Seminar
      • 1 credit
      • All semesters
      • Lectures, presentations of research reports and topics of current interests through the departmental seminar series; includes special assignments in selected areas of advanced study not available in other courses

    • BIOC 695Biochemistry Student Seminar
      • 1 credit
      • All semesters
      • Student research in progress presentations

    • IBMS 600Laboratory Safety
      • 1 credit (typically completed within 5-14 days)
      • Semester course, online course
      • Describes health hazards commonly found in biomedical laboratories and their appropriate safety precautions, government regulations and emergency responses; includes hazards of working with micro-organisms, experimental animals and chemical, electrical and fire hazards

    • IBMS 635Cellular Signaling
      • 3 lecture hours, 3 credits
      • Semester course
      • Understanding mechanisms of cellular communication: current concepts of signal transduction

  • OVPR 601/OVPR 602/OVPR 603Scientific Integrity/Responsible Scientific Conduct/Responsible Conduct of Research
    • 2 lecture hours, 2 credits
    • Semester course
    • Through interactive lectures followed by small-group discussion of cases, surveys contemporary issues relating to scientific integrity and responsible conduct in research, with topics including:
      • Ethical scientific conduct
      • Scientific fraud and misconduct
      • Authorship and peer review
      • Use of humans and animals in biomedical research
      • Ownership of data
      • Intellectual property
      • Conflict of interest
      • Scientific record keeping
      • Academic honor codes
      • The ethics of genetic technology

 

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