BCB: Biochemistry and Cell Biology

BCB 551: Introduction to Research in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

A series of talks, discussions, and practical exercises to address topics related to research in biochemistry and cell biology including laboratory etiquette, the laboratory notebook, experimental design, critical evaluation of the literature, analysis and presentation of data, ethical issues, and basic experimental techniques used in biochemistry and cell biology.

Prerequisites: Matriculation in MS program or permission of instructor

Fall, 2 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)

BCB 552: Advanced Laboratory Methods in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Introduces the details od theoretical principles and experimental techniques used to investigate the properties and interaction of biological molecules. Students will familiarize themselves with the instrumentation and techniques used to investigate different biochemical and cell biological problems through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and/or laboratory work. Various topics will be covered such as cell culture and manipulation; protein purification and characterization using electrophoric, spectroscope and thermodynamic techniques; the identification of proteins by mass spectrometry; nucleic acid purification and the utilization of PCF and microarray technologies; and modern microscope methods for investigating cellular fuinction.

Prerequisite: Matriculation in MS program or permission of instructor

Fall, 3 credits, Letter graded (A, A-, B+, etc.)

BCB 559: MS Research Practicum in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

The student will be introduced to modern biochemical and cell biological research techniques through participation in ongoing research in the laboratory of a Biochemistry and Cell Biology or associated faculty member for one semester. Student must obtain permission to register from the sponsoring faculty member.

Prerequisite: Matriculation in MS program or permission of instructor

Fall, 4 credits, S/U grading

BCB 599: MS Thesis Research in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Thesis research will be conducted in the laboratory of a Biochemistry and Cell Biology or associated faculty member, including potentially an internship under the guidance of an approved mentor in the laboratory of a local biotechnology company. Student must identify and obtain permission to register from the sponsoring faculty member.

Prerequisite: Matriculation in MS program or permission of instructor

Fall, 1-9 credits, S/U grading