Biochemistry Program

The interdepartmental program in biochemistry provides in-depth studies in biochemistry and molecular biology built upon a solid foundation in biology and chemistry. Experimental approaches to problems are emphasized throughout the program, with course laboratories, with the Senior Laboratory in Macromolecular Function (BIOC 377), and with ample opportunities for students to engage in independent research.

Major Advisers: Chemistry: Zachary Donhauser, Eric Eberhardt, Teresa Garrett, Sarjit Kaur, Miriam Rossi, Christopher Smart, Joseph Tanski; Biology: David Esteban, David Jemiolo, Jennifer Kennell, Nancy Pokrywka, Jodi Schwarz, J. William Straus, Kathleen Susman.

Programs

Major

Courses

Biochemistry

290a. Field Work (0.5to1)

298a. Independent Work (0.5to1)

300a. Senior Thesis Research (1)

Design and execution of a substantial independent original research project under supervision of a member of the faculty. The project follows a set of defined deadlines for completion of the work.  It culminates in a substantial manuscript-style thesis submitted to the research mentor and a second reader from the faculty, and an oral presentation of the thesis research to the Biochemistry Program. 

Prerequisites: BIOC 399 and permission of the instructor.

377b. Senior Laboratory in Macromolecule Function (1)

A protein and its gene are characterized by chemical modification and site-directed mutagenesis. Coursework includes student presentations and extensive laboratory work. Mr. Eberhardt.

Prerequisite: BIOL 324/CHEM 324.

Two 4-hour periods.

399b. Senior Independent Work (0.5to1)