Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Major (B.S.)
The purpose of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major is to prepare students for medical and related professional schools, graduate school, and employment in the field of biochemistry.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Apply standards and principles of safe practice in the laboratory or field environment.
- Understand ethical issues in the life sciences in light of a biblical/Christian worldview.
- Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental biochemical and cellular concepts.
- Conduct, analyze, and summarize biochemical or molecular research.
Delivery Format: Residential Only
- Agricultural Biotechnologist
- College Professor/Researcher
- Physician’s Assistant
This lecture course covers aspects of biochemistry relevant to the practice of medicine. The human body is surveyed as an integrated chemical system with emphasis on the molecular basis of disease and the clinical application of therapies to restore body function. The link between biochemistry and human anatomy and physiology is examined with special emphasis on the gastrointestinal tract and catabolism, the immune response and biochemical endocrinology, blood and hemostasis, lipid metabolism and liver function, and glucose metabolism and muscle contractions.
Advanced topics in biochemistry. Emphasis is placed on: 1) physical biochemistry including thermodynamics, kinetics, solutions and equilibria; 2) protein structure/function and enzyme kinetics, mechanisms and regulation; and 3) intermediary metabolism and its regulation.
Prerequisite: BCHM 451
Continuation of BCHM 451 (Biochemistry I). Emphasis is placed on: 1) membrane physiology, including lipid biosynthesis, membrane transport, excitable membranes, electron transport and oxidative phosphorylation, and photosynthesis; and 2) the flow of biological information, including nucleotide biosynthesis, DNA replication and repair, transcription, and translation.
Prerequisite: BIOL 415
This course covers the basic molecular biological techniques involved in the study of DNA, RNA, and proteins. Specific techniques include: PCR; DNA cloning; library screening; proteomics and the use of gene sequence databases; and molecular modeling.
BCHM 495 - Directed Research (1 to 3 hours)
BCHM 497 - Special Topics in Biochemistry (1 to 3 hours)