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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture


Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology (BMCB)


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Professor: Thomas E. Brady, Richard H. Cote, Clyde L. Denis, Thomas M. Laue, W. Kelley Thomas
Research Professor: Vernon N. Reinhold
Affiliate Professor: Stacia A. Sower
Associate Professor: John J. Collins, Andrew P. Laudano
Assistant Professor: Feixia Chu
Research Assistant Professor: Kevin Culligan, Jennifer Durant
Affiliate Assistant Professor: Deena J. Small

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The field of biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology (BMCB) encompasses a broad range of the life sciences, from biophysics and biochemistry to applied biology and medicine. The B.S. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology is based on a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, physics and math, along with advanced courses in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics. Our program offers specialized training in the areas of molecular genetics, gene regulation, cellular structure and function, cancer biology, endocrinology, macromolecular interactions, glycobiology, and lipid metabolism.  BMCB students are highly-motivated and seek exposure to cutting-edge techniques and “hands-on” experience through laboratory- and research-based opportunities.  Our graduates are “profession-ready” people who are well-prepared for entry‐level positions in the health care and biotechnology industries, for graduate education, and for post‐baccalaureate professional programs (i.e., medical school, veterinary school, dental school, etc.).


Our curriculum provides most of the required and recommended courses for students seeking admission to graduate schools and to professional schools in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and pharmacy. Students who major in BMCB can also use their training in conjunction with advanced degrees in law and business. Students obtaining the B.S. in BMCB enjoy excellent job prospects immediately upon graduation. There is currently a demand for skilled research technicians in biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, forensics, academic research laboratories, and hospitals. Our graduates also have knowledge that is valuable in the fields of management, sales, marketing, regulatory affairs, technical writing, and scientific journalism. With additional courses in education, the B.S. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology also qualifies graduates to teach at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels.


Faculty participating in the BMCB major combine a passion for teaching and student advising with strong research expertise in their chosen discipline. BMCB faculty are committed to providing independent research experiences for undergraduate students, and many faculty have well-funded research programs utilizing state-of -the art equipment and techniques. On-campus research facilities that students can use to enhance their research experience include the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies, the Center to Advance Molecular Interaction Science, and the Center for Comparative and Molecular Endocrinology, among others.


Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Students majoring in BMCB must take: i) five BMCB Core courses; ii) three Major Elective courses chosen from an extensive list; iii) four Bioscience Core courses; and iv) eight Foundation courses. One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors.  The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning.  The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, or other special student activity).  Departments are responsible for certifying that graduating seniors have met the capstone requirement for their majors. In addition, courses for the Discovery Program and the University Writing Requirement must be completed.  For a detailed list of curriculum requirements, go to the Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology homepage.


BMCB Core Courses

Opportunities in Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology (1 sem)

Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes, or Molecular Genetics (1 sem)

Principles of Biochemistry (2 sem)

Cell and Developmental Biology (1 sem)


BMCB/Biology Major Electives

One Laboratory Techniques course and two other major elective courses in the areas of cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, biomedical sciences and health issues.


Bioscience Core Courses

Biology w/laboratory (2 sem)

Microbiology w/laboratory (1 sem)

Genetics (1 sem)


Foundation Courses

General Chemistry w/laboratory (2 sem)

Organic Chemistry w/laboratory (2 sem)

Calculus (1 sem)

Statistics (1 sem)

Physics w/laboratory (2 sem)

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