Each week a different BMB faculty member presents their research and answers questions and engages in discussion initiated by the students. There is an individual writing assignment for the course, and class participation is required. Students host a speaker in groups of 3 -4 and coordinate with the speaker to obtain the title and abstract of the talk, prepare a short biography of the speaker in order to introduce the speaker to the class and lead the discussion. The objectives of BIOCHEM 291H are to (1) familiarize students with the faculty in the department; (2) introduce BMB majors to the research foci within the department; (3) link faculty with students interested in performing undergraduate-level research; and (4) expose students to the style and form of technical writing they will encounter in the life sciences.
Required for majors. Emphasis on an oral and written interpretation of current journal articles in selected fields of biochemistry.
This course is designed to provide an introductory experience to conducting experiments in a biochemistry laboratory. The course covers a broad spectrum of modern techniques and their underlying physical, chemical and biological principles. Biochemical tools and concepts are at the core of recent advances in medical/veterinary, forensic and food/agricultural sciences that have improved our lives. The main objectives of this course are for students to: become familiar with methods and instruments used in biochemistry laboratories, relate these basic biochemistry skills to a chosen field of study/interest, learn how to collect, record and analyze experimental data, present results clearly in graphic, tabular, and written formats, and perform experiments in an environment requiring teamwork. Open to ANIMLSCI, PRE-VET, HUMNUT, NUTRITN, FOODSCI seniors
The Introductory Biochemistry course covers fundamental biochemical and molecular biological laboratory techniques, supporting concepts, and data analysis. The aims of this course are 1. to provide students with practical knowledge and hands-on experience with some of the most common experimental methods used in biochemical and molecular biological research and 2. to introduce students to the fundamentals of scientific writing. Methods include reagent preparation, proper use of instrumentation, biochemical analysis, molecular biology techniques, and utilizing computers to analyze and present data. Laboratory safety is also emphasized.
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Required for majors. Emphasis on an oral and written interpretation of current journal articles in selected fields of biochemistry.
This course offers students a novel learning experience involving participation in student teams that plan, implement and host one of three different Project Events in class during the semester. The Project Events promote active team-based learning in the context of a: 1) Project Debate about controversial issues in the life sciences such as the DNA fingerprinting and the death penalty, 2) Book Club Discussion about a science book with relevance to many societal issues and 3) Panel Discussion about career development that explores new career options for future BMB graduates. The course asks students to reflect on their learning experiences in college and explicitly explore how these experiences helped them to become better learners. Students learn to integrate new information about themselves into their future responses to new situations, an invaluable skill for solving challenging real-world problems. Satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-Biochm and BS-Biochm majors. Course restrictions: Open to BA-Biochm and BS-Biochm Juniors. No pre-requisites.
The Introductory Biochemistry course covers fundamental biochemical and molecular biological laboratory techniques, supporting concepts, and data analysis. The aims of this course are 1. to provide students with practical knowledge and hands-on experience with some of the most common experimental methods used in biochemical and molecular biological research and 2. to introduce students to the fundamentals of scientific writing. Methods include reagent preparation, proper use of instrumentation, biochemical analysis, molecular biology techniques, and utilizing computers to analyze and present data. Laboratory safety is also emphasized.
Required for majors. Emphasis on an oral and written interpretation of current journal articles in selected fields of biochemistry.