Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Students may complete a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Required courses are drawn principally from the Biology and Chemistry Departments and those interested in Biochemistry should consult both Biology and Chemistry web pages. Students may double major in Chemistry and Biology, but are not permitted to double major in Biology and Biochemistry or Chemistry and Biochemistry. There is no minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Faculty

Sharon Burgmayer, Dean of Graduate Studies and the W. Alton Jones Professor of Chemistry

Monica Chander, Associate Professor of Biology

Davis Greg, Associate Professor of Biology

Tamara Davis, Chair and Professor of Biology (on leave semesters I and II)

Karen Greif, Professor of Biology

Yan Kung, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Bill Malachowski, Chair and Professor of Chemistry

Joshua Shapiro, Assistant Professor of Biology

Susan A. White, Professor of Chemistry

Research may be a valuable experience for students considering graduate or professional studies or for those planning research or teaching careers. Any Chemistry or Biology professor may be selected as a research adviser, but students are encouraged to consult departmental advisers for information on how to join research groups. Students may select either a one or two semester research experience.

With very careful advanced planning a student may enroll in Study Abroad. Typically a student will select a one-semester program in an English-speaking country such as England, Wales, Australia or Ghana.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Requirements and Opportunities

A student may qualify for an A. B. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by completing courses in Chemistry and Biology with the following distribution. Students must be mindful that some courses have pre-requisites.

Fundamental Courses

  • Biology 110
  • Chemistry 103, 104
  • Chemistry 211, 212

Major Writing Requirement

Students must complete CHEM B251 and CHEM B252 to complete the writing attentive requirement of the major. The writing attentive requirement of the major must be completed by the end of a student’s junior year.

Core Biochemistry Courses

  • Chemistry 242 and Chemistry 252 OR Biology 375
  • Chemistry 221 OR Chemistry 222
  • Chemistry/Biology 377

Advanced Biology Courses

  • Biology 201
  • Biology 376

Advanced Electives on Biochemically Related Topics

Two courses that provide depth and breadth are required and one must be at the 300 or 500 level. Suggested courses include, but are not limited to:

  • Biology 215
  • Biology 216
  • Biology 327
  • Biology 340
  • Biology 255
  • Biology 271
  • Chemistry 221 or 222 (if not used as a Core course)
  • Chemistry 231
  • Chemistry 251
  • Chemistry 331
  • Chemistry 345
  • Chemistry 515

Students are encouraged to consider suitable course offerings at Haverford and Swarthmore and all choices must be approved by the major adviser.

Senior Experience

Option 1—Required for Honors

  • Biology 403 (2 semesters) OR Chemistry 398, 399 plus all requirements associated with the senior thesis.
  • Biology 399

Option 2

  • Chemistry or Biology 403 (Independent Study or Praxis on a Biochemical topic arranged by the student). An additional laboratory course, not counted as an Advanced Elective, chosen from:
  • Biology 255
  • Biology 271
  • Biology 340
  • Chemistry 251

Courses in Allied Fields

  • Mathematics 101, 102
  • Mathematics 201

In consultation with the major adviser, two courses must be selected from the courses listed below. Most students would be expected to take two semesters of Physics.

  • Physics 101, 102 or 121, 122
  • Biology 111, 202, 220, 225, 236, 250
  • Computer Science 110, 206
  • Geology 101, 102, 103, 202, 203

Timetable for Meeting Requirements

There are a variety of ways to meet the major requirements provided that 100 level courses in Chemistry and Mathematics are completed by the end of the freshman year. Note that Mathematics 201 is only required as a pre-requisite for Chemistry 221 or 222 and only two sample programs are shown here.

Sample 1

  • Freshman year: Biology 110 , Chemistry 103, 104, Mathematics 101, 102
  • Sophomore year: Chemistry 211, 212, Mathematics 201, Physics 121, 122
  • Junior year: Biology 201, 255, Chemistry 222, 242, 252
  • Senior year: Biology/Chemistry 377, Biology 340, 376, Senior Experience

Sample 2

  • Freshman year: Biology 110, 111, Chemistry 103, 104, Mathematics 101, 102
  • Sophomore year: Chemistry 211, 212, Mathematics 201, Biology 201
  • Junior year: Biology 216, 375, 377, Chemistry 222, CS110
  • Senior year: Biology 340, 376, Senior Experience

Honors

Students seeking to complete the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major must complete two semesters of research (Option 1) and have a GPA of 3.6 in all major and allied courses.

Advanced Placement

Students are instructed to follow the policies described by individual departments

COURSES

ANTH B236 Evolution

A lecture/discussion course on the development of evolutionary biology. This course will cover the history of evolutionary theory, population genetics, molecular and developmental evolution, paleontology, and phylogenetic analysis. Lecture three hours a week.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B236; GEOL-B236
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Davis,G.
(Spring 2016)

BIOL B110 Biological Exploration I

BIOL B110 is an introductory-level courses designed to encourage students to explore the field of biology at multiple levels of organization: molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological. Each course will explore these areas of biology through a unifying theme. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. Quantitative readiness is required for this course. With permission of instructor, students registered for Quant 10 may also take this course in the same semester.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Greif,K., Skirkanich,J., Chander,M.

Fall 2015: Biology of Cancer. Biology B110-001 will explore the biology underlying cancer through examination of areas of biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and genomics, building a picture of cell function that helps explain the physiology of cancer.

Fall 2015: Biochemical Basis of Disease. BIOL B110-002 will explore the ways the central dogma of molecular biology relates to the biochemical basis of human disease.

BIOL B111 Biological Exploration II

BIOL 111 is an introductory-level course designed to encourage students to explore the field of biology at multiple levels of organization: molecular, cellular, organismal and ecological. Each course will explore these areas of biology through a unifying theme. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours a week. Prerequisite: Quantitative readiness is required for this course. With permission of instructor, students registered for QUAN B010 may also take this course concurrently. This is a topics course, course topic varies.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Brodfuehrer,P., Skirkanich,J., Record,S.

Spring 2016: Gulp: Physiology of Feeding. BIOL B111-001 will examine the complex behavior of feeding by examining the various physiological systems involved controlling the intake of food, its digestion, and how many calories do organisms need to survive.

Spring 2016: Global Change & Ecosystems. BIOL B111-002 will explore potential responses of how life on earth may respond to global change while reflecting on how such responses may alter the ecosystem services important to human society.

BIOL B201 Genetics

An introduction to heredity and variation, focusing on topics such as classical Mendelian genetics, linkage and recombination, chromosome abnormalities, population and developmental genetics. Examples of genetic analyses are drawn from a variety of organisms, including bacteria, Drosophila, C. elegans and humans. Lecture three hours. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL B110 or B111 and CHEM B104.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Garbe,D.
(Fall 2015)

BIOL B202 Introduction to Neuroscience

An introduction to the nervous system and its broad contributions to function. The class will explore fundamentals of neural anatomy and signaling, sensory and motor processing and control, nervous system development and examples of complex brain functions. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Greif,K.
(Fall 2015)

BIOL B215 Experimental Design and Statistics

An introductory course in designing experiments and analyzing biological data. This course is structured to develop students’ understanding of when to apply different quantitative methods, and how to implement those methods using the R statistics environment. Topics include summary statistics, distributions, randomization, replication, parametric and nonparametric tests, and introductory topics in multivariate and Bayesian statistics. The course is geared around weekly problem sets and interactive learning. Suggested Preparation: BIOL B110 or B111 is highly recommended.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Shapiro,J.
(Fall 2015)

BIOL B216 Genomics

An introduction to the study of genomes and genomic data. This course will examine the types of biological questions that can be answered using large biological data sets and complete genome sequences as well as the techniques and technologies that make such studies possible. Topics include genome organization and evolution, comparative genomics, and analysis of transcriptomes and proteomes. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL 110-111. BIOL 201 highly recommended.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Shapiro,J.
(Spring 2016)

BIOL B220 Ecology

A study of the interactions between organisms and their environments. The scientific underpinnings of current environmental issues, with regard to human impacts, are also discussed. Students will also become familiar with ecological principles and with the methods ecologists use. Students will apply these principles through the design and implementation of experiments both in the laboratory and the field. Lecture three hours a week, laboratory/field investigation three hours a week. There will be optional field trips throughout the semester. Prerequisite: One semester of BIOL B110 or B111 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

BIOL B225 Biology and Ecology of Plants

Plants are critical to numerous contemporary issues, such as ecological sustainability, economic stability, and human health. Students will examine the fundamentals of how plants are structured, how they function, how they interact with other organisms, and how they respond to environmental stimuli. In addition, students will be taught to identify important local species, and will explore the role of plants in human society and ecological systems. One semester of BIOL 110/111.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Record,S.
(Spring 2016)

BIOL B236 Evolution

A lecture/discussion course on the development of evolutionary biology. This course will cover the history of evolutionary theory, population genetics, molecular and developmental evolution, paleontology, and phylogenetic analysis. Lecture three hours a week.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Crosslisting(s): GEOL-B236; ANTH-B236
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Davis,G.
(Spring 2016)

BIOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences

A study of how and why modern computation methods are used in scientific inquiry. Students will learn basic principles of visualizing and analyzing scientific data through hands-on programming exercises. The majority of the course will use the R programming language and corresponding open source statistical software. Content will focus on data sets from across the sciences. Six hours of combined lecture/lab per week.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies; Neuroscience
Crosslisting(s): GEOL-B250
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Record,S.
(Fall 2015)

BIOL B255 Microbiology

Invisible to the naked eye, microbes occupy every niche on the planet. This course will examine how microbes have become successful colonizers; review aspects of interactions between microbes, humans and the environment; and explore practical uses of microbes in industry, medicine and environmental management. The course will combine lecture, discussion of primary literature and student presentations. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisites: One semester of BIOL 110 or permission of the instructor.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Chander,M.
(Spring 2016)

BIOL B271 Developmental Biology

An introduction to embryology and the concepts of developmental biology. Concepts are illustrated by analyzing the experimental observations that support them. Topics include gametogenesis and fertilization, morphogenesis, cell fate specification and differentiation, pattern formation, regulation of gene expression, neural development, and developmental plasticity. The laboratory focuses on observations and experiments on living embryos. Lecture three hours, laboratory three scheduled hours a week; most weeks require additional hours outside of the regularly scheduled lab. Prerequisite: one semester of BIOL 110-111 or permission of instructor.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Davis,G.
(Fall 2015)

BIOL B327 Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics

This seminar course will discuss evolution primarily at the level of genes and genomes. Topics will include the roles of selection and drift in molecular evolution, evolution of gene expression, genomic approaches to the study of quantitative variation, evolutionary history of humans, and evolutionary perspectives on the study of human disease. Students will read papers from the primary literature, lead and participate in class discussions and debates, and write reviews of research articles. Quantitative proficiency required. Pre-requisites: One semester of BIOL 110-111 and BIOL 201, or BIOL 236, or permission of instructor.
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

BIOL B340 Cell Biology

A lecture course with laboratory emphasizing current knowledge in cell biology. Among topics discussed are cell membranes, cell surface specializations, cell motility and the cytoskeleton, regulation of cell activity and cell signaling. Laboratory experiments are focused on studies of the cytoskeleton making use of techniques in cell culture and immunocytochemistry. A student-designed project is a major component. Lecture three hours, laboratory four hours a week. Prerequisites: One semester of Organic Chemistry (CHEM B211/B212), and BIOL B201 or B271, or permission of instructor.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Greif,K.
(Spring 2016)

BIOL B375 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I

The first semester of a two-semester course that focuses on the structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids, enzyme kinetics, metabolic pathways, gene regulation and recombinant DNA techniques. Students will explore these topics via lecture, critical reading and discussion of primary literature and laboratory experimentation. Three hours of lecture, three hours of lab per week. Prerequisite: one semester of BIOL B110 and two semesters of organic chemistry (CHEM B211/B212).
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Chander,M.
(Fall 2015)

BIOL B376 Integrated Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II

This second semester of a two-semester sequence will continue with analysis of nucleic acids and gene regulation through lecture, critical reading and discussion of primary literature and laboratory experimentation. Three hours of lecture, three hours of lab per week. Prerequisite: BIOL 201 or BIOL B375 or permission of instructor.
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Garbe,D.
(Spring 2016)

BIOL B377 Biochemistry II: Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism

This course is a continuation of CHEM B242 or BIOL B375. Biochemical pathways involved in cellular metabolism will be explored in molecular detail. Energy producing, degradation, and biosynthetic pathways involving sugars, fats, amino acids, and nucleotides will be discussed with an emphasis on structures and mechanisms, experimental methods, regulation, and integration. Additional topics, drawn from the primary research literature, may be covered. Readings will be drawn from textbooks and from the primary literature and assessments may include oral presentations, problem sets, written examinations, and writing assignments. This is a second course in Biochemistry and assumes a strong foundation in the fundamentals of Biochemistry.
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Crosslisting(s): CHEM-B377
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):White,S.
(Spring 2016)

BIOL B399 Senior Seminar in Laboratory Investigations

This seminar provides students with a collaborative forum to facilitate the exchange of ideas and broaden their perspective and understanding of research approaches used in various sub-disciplines of biology. There will be a focus on the presentation, interpretation and discussion of data, and communication of scientific findings to diverse audiences. In addition, students write, defend and publicly present a paper on their supervised research project. Three hours of class discussion each week. Co-requisite: enrollment in BIOL403.
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Chander,M.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B103 General Chemistry I

For students with some back ground in chemistry. Topics include aqueous solutions and solubility; the electronic structure of atoms and molecules; chemical reactions and energy; intermolecular forces. Examples discussed in lecture and laboratory workshop include environmental sciences, material sciences and biological chemistry. Lecture three hours and Chemistry workshop three hours a week. The laboratory workshop period will be used for traditional chemical experimentation or related problem solving. The course may include individual conferences, evening problem or peer-led instruction sessions. Prerequisite: Quantitative Readiness Required;
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):White,S., Goldsmith,J., Watkins,L.
(Fall 2015)

CHEM B104 General Chemistry II

A continuation of CHEM B103. Enriched section for students interested in science. Topics include chemical reactions; introduction to thermodynamics and chemical equilibria; acid-base chemistry; electrochemistry; chemical kinetics. Lecture three hours, recitation one hour and laboratory three hours a week. May include individual conferences, evening problem or peer-led instruction sessions. Prerequisite: CHEM B103 with a grade of at least 2.0 or chemistry department placement or permission of the instructor. Students interested in the intensive section of CHEM B104 must have earned at least a 3.7 in CHEM B103.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Francl,M., Kung,Y., Watkins,L.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B211 Organic Chemistry I

An introduction to the basic concepts of organic chemistry, including acid-base principles; functional groups; alkane and cycloalkane structures; alkene reactions; alkynes; dienes and aromatic structures; substitution and elimination reactions; alcohol reactivity; and radical reactions. The laboratory course introduces basic operations in the organic chemistry lab, spectroscopy, and reactions discussed in lecture. Lecture three hours, recitation one hour and laboratory five hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM 104 with a grade of at least 2.0.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Nerz-Stormes,M., Krasley,A., Karagiaridi,O.
(Fall 2015)

CHEM B212 Organic Chemistry II: Biological Organic Chemistry

The second semester (biological organic chemistry) is broken into two modules. In the first module, the reactivity of carbonyl carbon is discussed, including ketones, aldehydes, carboxylic acids and derivatives, saccharides and enolate chemistry. Traditional biochemistry coverage begins with the second module. Amino acids (pI, electrophoresis, side chain pKa), protein structure (1°, 2°, 3°, 4°), and enzymatic catalysis, kinetics and inhibition are introduced. The reactivity of the co-enzymes (vitamins) is also covered as individual case studies in bio-organic reactivity. Lecture three hours, recitation one hour and laboratory five hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM 211 with a grade of at least 2.0.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Nerz-Stormes,M., Malachowski,B., Porello,S.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B221 Physical Chemistry I

Introduction to quantum theory and spectroscopy. Atomic and molecular structure; molecular modeling; rotational, vibrational, electronic and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Lecture three hours. Prerequisites: CHEM B104 and MATH B201. May be taken concurrently with CHEM B211 or B212.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Francl,M.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B222 Physical Chemistry II

Modern thermodynamics, with application to phase equilibria, interfacial phenomena and chemical equilibria; statistical mechanics; chemical dynamics. Kinetic theory of gases; chemical kinetics. Lecture three hours. Prerequisite: CHEM B104 and MATH B201. May be taken concurrently with CHEM B211 or B212.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Goldsmith,J.
(Fall 2015)

CHEM B231 Inorganic Chemistry

Bonding theory; structures and properties of ionic solids; symmetry; crystal field theory; structures, spectroscopy, stereochemistry, reactions and reaction mechanisms of coordination compounds; acid-base concepts; descriptive chemistry of main group elements. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM 212.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Burgmayer,S.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B242 Biological Chemistry

The structure, chemistry and function of amino acids, proteins, lipids, polysaccharides and nucleic acids; enzyme kinetics; metabolic relationships of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids, and the control of various pathways. Lecture three hours a week. Prerequisite: CHEM B212 or CHEM H222.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Health Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Kung,Y.
(Fall 2015)

CHEM B251 Research Methodology in Chemistry I

This laboratory course integrates advanced concepts in chemistry from biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Students gain experience in the use of departmental research instruments and in scientific literature searches, quantitative data analysis, record-keeping and writing. Attendance at departmental colloquia is expected of all students. Prerequisite: CHEM B212. Co-Requisite: CHEM B221 or B231 or B242.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Burgmayer,S., White,S.
(Fall 2015)

CHEM B252 Research Methodology II

This laboratory course integrates advanced concepts in chemistry from biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. Students will gain experience in the use of departmental research instruments and in scientific literature searches, quantitative data analysis, record-keeping, and writing. Attendance at departmental colloquia is expected of all students. Course Prerequisites: CHEM B212. Course Co-requisites: CHEM B222 or CHEM B231 or CHEM B242.
Approach: Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Porello,S., Goldsmith,J.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B345 Advanced Biological Chemistry

This is a topics course. Topics vary. Prerequisite: CHEM B242 or BIOL B375. Prerequisites: CHEM B242 or BIOL 375 or BIOL H200 with instructor permission.
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Kung,Y.

Fall 2015: Biochemical Pathways. Biochemical pathways involved in cellular metabolism and natural product biosynthesis are explored in molecular detail, including fatty acid metabolism and biosynthesis of antibiotics, anticancer agents, vitamins, and other secondary metabolites. Attention paid to biochemical mechanisms employed, the role of cofactors, coenzymes, and metals, and emerging applications to biotechnology and medicine.

CHEM B377 Biochemistry II: Biochemical Pathways and Metabolism

This course is a continuation of CHEM B242 or BIOL B375. Biochemical pathways involved in cellular metabolism will be explored in molecular detail. Energy producing, degradation, and biosynthetic pathways involving sugars, fats, amino acids, and nucleotides will be discussed with an emphasis on structures and mechanisms, experimental methods, regulation, and integration. Additional topics, drawn from the primary research literature, may be covered. Readings will be drawn from textbooks and from the primary literature and assessments may include oral presentations, problem sets, written examinations, and writing assignments. This is a second course in Biochemistry and assumes a strong foundation in the fundamentals of Biochemistry.
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B377
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):White,S.
(Spring 2016)

CHEM B515 Topics in Organic Chemistry

This is a topics course. Topics may vary. Prerequisite: CHEM B242 or equivalent.
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

GEOL B236 Evolution

A lecture/discussion course on the development of evolutionary biology. This course will cover the history of evolutionary theory, population genetics, molecular and developmental evolution, paleontology, and phylogenetic analysis. Lecture three hours a week.
Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI)
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B236; ANTH-B236
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Davis,G.
(Spring 2016)

GEOL B250 Computational Methods in the Sciences

A study of how and why modern computation methods are used in scientific inquiry. Students will learn basic principles of simulation-based programming through hands-on exercises. Content will focus on the development of population models, beginning with simple exponential growth and ending with spatially-explicit individual-based simulations. Students will design and implement a final project from their own disciplines. Six hours of combined lecture/lab per week.
Approach: Quantitative Methods (QM); Quantitative Readiness Required (QR); Scientific Investigation (SI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Attentive
Counts towards: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Environmental Studies; Neuroscience
Crosslisting(s): BIOL-B250
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s):Record,S.
(Fall 2015)