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The Biochemistry Program: Courses

Required and elective courses in biology and chemistry:
For courses with a BIO prefix, refer to Biology Courses.
For courses with a CHE prefix, refer to Chemistry Courses.

Pending assignment in Banner (3/20/14):
Tutorial and Independent Study
BCM 1900
and 3900 (Tutorial)
BCM 2900 and 4900 (Independent Study)
1–3 credits / Every semester
Students with special interests may study independently under the sponsorship of a faculty member in the board of study. Independent study in general subjects is permitted if the board of study offers no formal course covering the material. Independent study may not be substituted for any specific requirement.

Tutorial and Independent Study
BIO 2996
and 3996 (Tutorial)
BIO 2997 and 3997 (Independent Study)

Biochemistry Junior Seminar
BCM 3880
/ 2 credits / Spring
Students complete a senior research proposal, which is submitted to the biochemistry faculty for review and approval. Students also attend research seminars presented by faculty and guest speakers. Required for juniors majoring in biochemistry.
Prerequisite: Junior standing

Biochemistry Internship
BCM 3995
/ 1–3 credits / Every semester
Opportunities to work as apprentices in research labs at other institutions (industrial or academic) can be arranged in an area of scientific or career interest.
Formerly offered as BCM 3980.

Bioorganic Mechanisms
CHE 4600
Refer to Chemistry Courses for description. Formerly also offered as BCM 4600.

Corequisite modified Fall 2014 (3/20/14):
Biochemistry Senior Seminar I and II
BCM 4880
and 4890 / 1 credit (per semester) / I: Fall; II: Spring
Faculty, visiting scientists, and seniors in biochemistry present results of current research projects. Students are graded on the basis of oral presentations of senior project results made to the faculty and their peers.
Corequisite: SPJ 4990 (Fall) and 4991 (Spring)

Pending assignment in Banner (3/20/14):
Biochemistry Learning Assistant
BCM 4899
/ 1–2 credits / Every semester
Students who have received a grade of B+ or higher in the relevant course are eligible for BCM 4899. Assignments may include tutoring students or assisting faculty in labs. This assistantship is recommended for students anticipating graduate school. Four credits in BCM 4899 may be applied toward the minimum required for graduation.

Senior projects changed to I and II, 4 credits each, and prefix changed from BCM to SPJ, Fall 2014:
Senior Project I and II
BCM 4990
and 4991 / 4 credits (per semester) / Every year
Two-semester independent study (8 credits total) leading to a baccalaureate thesis. The student defines and conducts an independent lab project. The work is conducted in the lab of a biochemistry faculty member.
Prerequisite: BCM 3880
Corequisite: BCM 4880 (Fall) and 4890 (Spring)

Updated March 20, 2014

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