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Biomolecular Chemistry Course Information.

Click on course title for description. BMC 314 and BMC 504 are open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet the prerequisites. All other courses are graduate level.

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BMC 314 - Introduction to Human Biochemistry

Biomolecular Chemistry 314 (Not currently offered) 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 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.

BMC 504 - Human Biochemistry Laboratory

Biomolecular Chemistry 504 is a two-credit biochemistry course including labs and discussions on basic principles of human biochemistry with an emphasis on modern biochemical techniques used in research laboratories. During the first part of the course, students will purify and characterize a key enzyme in human metabolism. Techniques include protein precipitation, chromatography, enzyme kinetics, electrophoresis, and immunohistochemistry. During the last portion of the course students will investigate how mutations in a protein affect its functions in vivo through cloning, expressing, and characterizing the protein in living cells (Saccharomyces cerevisiae).

This laboratory course requires a biochemistry lecture course such as 501, or 507/508, or other acceptable biochemistry course taken previously or concurrently. This course is offered in the spring and summer semesters and fulfills the CALS capstone experience for Biology majors.

Offered Spring Semester T/Th and Fall M/W: Taught by Dr. Angela Kita.

BMC 609 - Mathematical Methods for Systems Biology (crosslisted with Biochemistry, Math, 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. Prerequisites: Math 340 or 341; Math 415; or consent of instructor. (Professor Gheorghe Craciun)

BMC 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)

biochemistry course taken previously or concurrently. This course is offered in the spring and summer semesters and fulfills the CALS capstone experience for Biology majors.

Offered Spring Semester T/Th and Summer M/T/W/Th: Taught by Dr. Angela Kita (Spring & Summer) & Professor Matt Merrins (Spring).

BMC 701 - Professional Responsibility (crosslilsted with 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).

BMC 720 - Paradigms and Experimental Design in Biochemistry

Biomolecular Chemistry 720 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).

BMC 901 - IPiB 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).

BMC 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).

BMC 914 - MGTB 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.