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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Courses

BIOC 4113 - Molecular Biology (Spring Semester) - Syllabus
Prerequisite(s): 3653 or 3713 and BIOC 3023 or ANSI 3423 or PLNT 3554. Applications of biochemistry, molecular biology and genetic engineering with emphasis on protein structure and function, regulation of cell function, metabolism and disease processes. The course is taught by Patricia Canaan.

BIOC 4523 - Biochemistry of the Cell (Fall Semester) - Syllabus - Not Currently Offered
Prerequisite(s): 3653 or 3713 and MICR 3033 and BIOL 3023 or ANSI 3423 or PLNT 3554 or consent of instructor. The biochemistry of fundamental processes in normal and disease states of eukaryotic cells. Primary literature based experimental approaches to the mechanisms of intracellular protein trafficking, cytoskeleton, cell adhesion, mitosis, cell cycle, cytokinesis and apoptosis.

BIOC 4723 - Introduction to Bioinformatics - Syllabus
Prerequisite(s): BIOC 1114 and MATH 1513. Providing an introduction to programming for those intending to work with large biological datasets. This course covers the basics of Shell programming, scripting languages and examples of using software and packages.

BIOC 5000 - Research
1-6 credits, max 6. For MS thesis.

BIOC 5002- Research Compliance and Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Research (Fall Semester) - Syllabus
Prerequisite(s):Graduate Standing. Introduction to graduate research in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Policies for laboratory safety, research compliance, and ethical conduct of scientific research are presented.

BIOC 5102/GENE 5102 - Molecular Genetics (Fall Semester) - Syllabus
Prerequisite(s): BIOC 3653 or 3014 and one course in genetics or consent of instructor. An introduction to molecular genetics on the graduate level.

BIOC 5120 – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Research Colloquium - Syllabus
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Students will provide presentations to demonstrate their mastery of research literature, new research results, explanations for research roadblocks, and their ability to synthesize new knowledge and draw conclusions.

BIOC 5112 - Articulation of Research Logic - Syllabus
Prerequisite(s): BIOC 5753 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Techniques for effective communication of scientific reasoning, logic, and critical thinking. Explanation of rationale, hypotheses, and experimental design. Public presentations as logical arguments. The course focuses on biomolecular systems.

BIOC 5553 Agricultural Biochemistry - Syllabus
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 3153 or equivalent.
Organism function at the biochemical level and how this relates to the more complex biological systems of plants and animals. Taught by Ellie Nguyen.

BIOC 5753 - Biochemical Principles (Fall Semester) - Syllabus
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 3153 or equivalent. Chemistry of cellular constituents; introduction to the chemical processes in living systems. The first in a series of courses for graduate students in biochemistry and related fields.

BIOC 5824 - Biochemical Laboratory Methods - Syllabus
Lab 8. Prerequisite(s): 4113 or 5753. Lecture and laboratory course in basic biochemistry and molecular biology methods for separation and analysis of biological materials, including chromatography, electrophoresis, centrifugation, use of radioisotopes, molecular cloning and DNA sequencing.

BIOC 5853 - Metabolism (Spring Semester) - Syllabus
Prerequisite(s): 5753 or 4113. Reaction sequences and cycles in the enzymatic transformations of fats, proteins and carbohydrates; energy transfer, biosynthesis and integration in the metabolic pathways.

BIOC 5930 - Advanced Biochemical Techniques
Laboratory rotations for incoming graduate students to assist in selecting a research laboratory. Rotations are for 5 week  intervals with a total of three rotations in a semester. This course designation also serves as an open lecture and laboratory course in advanced research techniques as well as for individual research problems pursued in laboratories of department faculty.

BIOC 6000 - Research
1-15 credits, max 60. For PhD dissertation.

BIOC 6110 - Biochemistry Seminar
Graduate Student Thesis Defense

BIOC 6733 - Functional Genomics (Spring odd years) - Syllabus
Prerequisite(s): 3653 or 3713 and 3813 or 5753 or consent of instructor. Principles and techniques of genomics technologies and their applications in basic science and applied animal and plant research. Genome sequencing, variation detection, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, systems biology, forward and reverse genetics.

BIOC 6740 - Physical Biochemistry (Fall even years) - Syllabus
BIOC 6740 is a two-credit hour course directed to students pursuing a Master or Ph.D. degree in biochemistry. The class is offered in the fall of even years. The course could be useful to students from other areas of the biological sciences. Students from the departments of microbiology and entomology and plant pathology have taken this class. The course covers spectroscopic concepts of general applicability to all spectroscopic techniques and treats in more detail experimental and theoretical UV-Visible absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. BIOC 6740 also covers basic thermodynamic principles that are needed to understand physical chemical processes of biochemical interest, such as the energy transactions involved in metabolic pathways, the stability of proteins, the interaction between proteins and ligands, etc. For a more comprehensive list of the topics included in the course see course outline. Taught by Jose Soulages.

BIOC  6753 -Epigenetics (Spring even years) - Syllabus
Prerequisite(s): 5102 or 5753 or consent of instructor. Principles underlying heritable changes in gene expression caused by mechanisms other than changes in the DNA sequence. The roles of chromatin structure, DNA and histone modification, and small RNAs in plant and animal development and disease. Applications of epigenetic-based therapeutics and the use of RNA interference in plants and animals. Taught by Ramanjulu Sunkar.

BIOC 6773 - Protein Structure and Enzyme Function (Spring odd years) - Syllabus
Prerequisite(s): 4113 or 5753. Theory of and methods for studying the physical and chemical basis of protein structure and function; and the enzyme catalysis, including kinetics, chemical modification and model studies. Examples from current literature.

BIOC 6793 - Plant Biochemistry (Fall odd years) - Syllabus
Prerequisite(s): 4113 or 5753. Biochemistry of processes and structures of special importance to plants, such as photosynthesis, cell walls, nitrogen fixation, secondary metabolites and storage proteins. Taught by Andrew Mort and Ramanjulu Sunkar.

BIOC 6820 - Selected Topics in Biochemistry (Mass Spectrometry/Proteomics) - Syllabus
1-3 credits, max 15. Prerequisite(s): 5853. Recent developments in biochemistry. Subject matter varies from semester to semester; students should inquire at the department office before enrolling. Taught by Steve Hartson.

BIOC 6820 - Selected Topics in Biochemistry (introduction to Bioinformatics Workshop) - Syllabus
This is a graduate-level introduction to Omics data usage on supercomputers.  To develop good data science skills this course leads students through the Bash Shell, and shell scripting. Genomics software for assembly of genomes, and mapping reads to reference genomes are included to demonstrate local and remote (cloud-based) computer systems. Due to rapidly changing bioinformatics software, and computing technology, the course may deviate from the syllabus when necessary.  This course is highly recommended prior to enrolling in the (BIOC 6820)- Quantitative methods in Omics.