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Biomolecular Chemistry Course Information

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BMC 314 - Introduction to Human Biochemistry
BMC 503 - Human Biochemistry
BMC 504 - Human Biochemistry Lab
BMC 606 - Mathematical Methods for Structural Biology
BMC 609 - Mathematical Methods for Systems Biology
BMC 627 - Methods and Technologies for Protein Characterizations
BMC 668 - Microbiology at Atomic Resolution
BMC 675 - Biochemistry of the Cell
BMC 701 - Professional Responsibility
BMC 704 - Comprehensive Human Biochemistry
BMC 721 - Molecular and Medical Genetics
BMC 901 - Seminar
BMC 913 - Seminar (Ribogroup)
BMC 914 - Seminar

Undergraduate/Graduate Courses:

314 - Introduction to Human Biochemistry

Biomolecular Chemistry 314 is a three-credit introductory human biochemistry course designed for students interested in entering a variety of health professions. The course starts with a brief introduction on the principles of organic chemistry essential to understanding of biochemistry. It then surveys the structure and function of enzymes and other biomolecules, metabolic utilization of foods from the diet, energy metabolism, fundamentals of gene expression, biochemical aspects of hormonal control, blood chemistry and biochemical diseases. Currently only being offered in the Summer semester M-R: Taught by Mike Sheets, Tom Neal, Melissa Harrison, Gina Schuster and Graduate Student TAs. (Mike Sheets Course Director.)

503 - Human Biochemistry NOTE: Course currently not being offered.

Biomolecular Chemistry 503 is a three credit biochemistry course designed for students in the medical sciences. In addition to presenting basic biochemistry, this course gives emphasis to the medical and physiological implications of biochemistry and to human metabolism and its regulation. The course is taught on the assumption that you have mastered the basic concepts of prerequisite courses such as organic and general chemistry. Course was formerly taught in the Spring Semester M, W, F; Taught by John Denu, Christina Hull, Catherine Fox, Kathy Schlimgen, Valerie Holewinski and Graduate Assistants. (Catherine Fox Course Director.)

504 - Human Biochemistry Lab

Biomolecular Chemistry 504 is a two-credit biochemistry course including lab and discussions on basic principles of human biochemistry with an emphasis on modern biochemical techniques used professionally in research, clinical, and biotechnology laboratories. Labs include exercises in protein purification and characterization, enzymology, metabolism, DNA cloning, PCR analysis and immunochemistry. Fulfills CALS capstone experience requirements for biology majors. Spring Semester T, R and Summer M-R: Taught by Deane Mosher &/or Robert Fillingame (professors), Kathy Schlimgen, Valerie Holewinski, and Gina Schuster.

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Graduate Courses:

606 - Mathematical Methods for Structural Biology (crosslisted with Math and Biostatistics & Medical Informatics)

Biomolecular Chemistry 606 is a three credit course. Intended to provide a rigorous foundation for mathematical modeling of biological structures. Mathematical techniques include ordinary and partial differential equations, 3D Fourier analysis and optimization. Biological applications include protein folding, molecular dynamics, implicit solvent electrostatics, and molecular interactions. Fall semester even years. Prerequisites: Math 340 or 341; Comp Sci 302; or consent of instructor. (Professor Julie Mitchell)

609 - Mathematical Methods For Systems Biology (crosslisted with Biochemistry, Math and Biostatistics & Medical Informatics)

Biomolecular Chemistry 609 is a three credit course intended to provide a rigorous foundation for mathematical modeling of biological systems. Mathematical techniques include dynamical systems and differential equations. Applications to biological pathways, including understanding of bistability within chemical reaction systems, are emphasized. Spring semester, T,R, even years. In order to count towards the minimum graduate course requirement, graduate students will be required to complete a final project. [Sample Syllabus] Prerequisites: Math 340 or 341; Math 415; or consent of instructor. (Professor Gheorghe Craciun)

627- Methods and Technologies for Protein Characterization

Biomolecular Chemistry 627 is a three credit course. This course seeks to engage students interested in both chemical instrumentation and those who desire to apply proteomic technologies to current biological problems. Understanding the current proteomics landscape, the limitations of these technologies and their practical application are among the course learning objectives. Emphasis is placed on understanding the very latest cutting-edge research. Spring semester, odd years, M, W. (Professors Josh Coon).

668 - Microbiology at Atomic Resolution (crosslisted with Microbiology)

Biomolecular Chemistry 668 is a three credit course. Three-dimensional protein structures form the basis for discussions of high-resolution microbiology; how particular problems are solved with given protein architectures and chemistries and how themes of protein structure are modified and recycled. Prerequisites: Biochemistry (e.g. Biochem 501), molecular biology (e.g. Micro 526 or 612) required, one semester of physical chemistry preferred. (Professor Katrina Forest)

675- Biochemistry of the Cell

Biomolecular Chemistry 675 is a three credit graduate level discussion and literature-based course replacing 710 taught in module format and covering the following areas from historical to modern contexts: Biochemistry of post-translational modification of proteins (Professor John Denu); Model Organisms (Assistant Professor Melissa Harrison); Transcriptional Switches (Assistant Professor Peter Lewis); Chromosome Replication (Professor Catherine Fox); RNA in Biological Regulation (Professor Michael Sheets). Spring semester T,R 2:30-4:00 PM, Rm 1220 A/B HF DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Building. (Professor Catherine Fox, Course Director).

701 - Professional Responsibility (crosslisted Biochemistry)

Biomolecular Chemistry 701 is a one credit course designed to provide training in the practical aspects of being a scientist. Will cover ethics, peer review, grant writing, science communication, careers, paper writing, experimental design, research documentation, science funding, academic-private interface, scientific fraud, and more. Prerequisite: Admission to IPiB or the Biophysics graduate program. Fall semester, T. (Professor Michael Cox and others).

901 - Seminar

Biomolecular Chemistry 901 is a one credit course held in the fall and spring semesters. Weekly seminar currently scheduled for Friday afternoon. Fourth and Fifth year IPiB students should be registered and present one seminar. Attendance is mandatory except when conflicts arise with other duties that cannot be rescheduled (e.g., courses, professional meetings, illness, personal emergency). (Catherine Fox Course Director).

913 - Seminar (Ribogroup) (crosslisted Biochemistry)

Biomolecular Chemistry 913 is a one credit course of student-led discussions of RNA-related problems. Prerequisites: Biomchemistry 603, Genetics 466 or equivalent. Spring semester (Professors David Brow, Marvin Wickens and Sam Butcher).

914 - Seminar

Fall, Spring; 1 cr. During the Fall Semester, Molecular Biosciences trainees in their second year of graduate training will present seminars based primarily on literature related to their projects. During the Spring Semester, Molecular Biosciences trainees in their third year of graduate training will present seminars based primarily on their own research. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (Professor Christina Hull).

WISCIENCE (formerly the Institute for Biology Education) has more detail about some of the courses listed above.

Medical Student Courses:

704 - Comprehensive Human Biochemistry

Biomolecular Chemistry 704 (Comprehensive Human Biochemistry) is a five credit course, taught to medical students in the first semester at the School of Medicine and Public Health, located in the Health Sciences Learning Center building. The course consists of usually 4-5 lectures weekly, seven problem-based exercises during the course of the semester, several clinical correlation presentations, and three exams. Fall Semester M-F: Taught by Jim Keck, Patricia Kiley, Christina Hull, Robert Fillingame, Jon Audhya, Kathy Schlimgen, Valerie Holewinski, and Gina Schuster. (Robert Fillingame Course Director).

721 Molecular and Medical Genetics

Molecular and Medical Genetics is taught to medical students the first semestr of medical school at the the Health Sciences Learning Center. The course consists of three weekly lectures, two problem-based exercises, clinical presentations, and three exams. Fall Semester M, W, F: Taught by Dave Brow and Greg Rice (Co-Directors). (Gina Schuster, Valerie Holewinski and Kathy Schlimgen problem-based exercises).

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