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Undergraduate Courses Offered by the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry

 

BCH101: Introduction to Microbiology and Biochemistry Laboratory Practices (SCIBLS)

Offered in Summer Semesters

SCIBLS is first and foremost an academic experience; it's not summer camp! Coursework is designed to be a challenging experience for college bound students interested in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics college major. SCIBLS students will learn, through hands-on experience, cutting-edge scientific techniques in biochemistry laboratories. Students will have the opportunity to meet and interact with undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scientists and faculty at NC State. Students will also tour research facilities and enterprises in Research Triangle Park (where appropriate) and hear people's career path histories through visits from industry personnel.

Instructors: Dr. Dave Presutti

 

BCH103: Introduction to Biochemistry (1 Unit)

Offered in Fall Semesters

Enrollment : Limited to new or transfer Biochemistry majors with less than 45 hours.

Prerequisite: None

Introduction to curriculum and career requirements for biochemistry and how to be a successful student at NCSU. There are multiple opportunities for interactions with faculty and students in the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, introduction to key resource programs on campus, exposure to research opportunities and ongoing career planning.

Instructor: Dr. Cindy Hemenway

 

BCH351: Principles of Biochemistry for Non-majors

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Sessions

Prerequisite: CH220 OR CH221

Introduction to the fundamental principles of biochemistry for non-majors. Emphasis on biochemical structures, properties, functions and interactions, including enzyme kinetics and central pathways of metabolism. While both BCH 351 and 451 will cover many of the same topics, the goal of BCH 351 is to provide a survey of topics for those students who will not necessarily continue within the field of biochemistry. 

Instructors: Dr. Charles Hardin, Dr. Stu Maxwell

 

BCH451: Principles of Biochemistry

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: CH201, CH223 (two semesters of organic chemistry), BIO183

Introduction to the fundamental principles of biochemistry. Emphasis on biochemical structures, properties, functions and interactions, including enzyme kinetics and central pathways of metabolism. It is expected that biochemistry majors will take BCH451. An honors section of BCH451 is also offered.

Instructor: Dr. Jim Knopp

 

BCH453/553: Biochemistry of Gene Expression (3 Units)

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: BCH 451, Corequisite: GN 411, MB 351

Structure and function of nucleic acids and proteins. Synthesis of DNA, RNA, and proteins. Gene expression and Regulation. Methodologies of recombinant DNA research. Credit is not allowed for both BCH 453 and BCH 553.

Instructors: Dr. Cindy Hemenway, Dr. Stu Maxwell, and Dr. Clay Clark

 

BCH454/552: Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory (4 Units)

Offered Fall, Spring Semesters

Prerequisite: BCH 452, Corequisite: BCH 453

Techniques in molecular biology and protein purification. Cloning and expression of a eukaryotic gene in bacteria followed by purification of the eukaryotic gene product. Microanalysis of DNA, RNA and protein.

Instructor: Dr. Dave Presutti

 

BCH455/555: Proteins and Molecular Mechanisms (3 Units)

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: BCH 451, BCH 453/553

Principles of protein structure and function, protein folding, enzymology, ligand binding, protein transport, and metabolic pathways.

Instructors: Dr. John Cavanagh, Dr. Bob Rose, and Dr. Mike Goshe

 

BCH492: External Learning Experience (1-6 Units)

Offered Fall, Spring Semesters

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

A learning experience in agriculture and life sciences within an academic framework that utilizes facilities and resources which are external to the campus. Contact and arrangements with prospective employers must be initiated by student and approved by a faculty adviser, the prospective employer, the departmental teaching coordinator and academic dean prior to the experience.

 

BCH493: Special Problems in Biochemistry (1-6 Units)

Offered Fall, Spring Semesters

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

A learning experience in agriculture and life sciences within an academic framework that utilizes campus facilities and resources. Contact and arrangements with prospective employers must be initiated by student and approved by a faculty adviser, the prospective employer, the departmental teaching coordinator and the academic dean prior to the experience.

 

BCH495: Special Topics in Biochemistry (1-5 Units)

Offered Fall, Spring Summer Semesters

Prerequisite: Junior standing

Offered as needed to present materials not normally available in regular BCH departmental courses or for new BCH courses on a trial basis.

 

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