Biochemistry / Molecular Biology
Courses and Requirements
The goal of Hamilton's Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Program is to encourage students to explore biochemical concepts through extensive research opportunities and close collaboration between students and instructors.
The departments of Biology and Chemistry offer an interdisciplinary concentration in biochemistry/molecular biology (BMB). Prospective concentrators should elect both chemistry and biology in their first year. The concentration consists of 11 courses (and Math 113 and 116, or equivalent, as prerequisites for certain courses), including four courses in BMB, three courses in biology, three courses in chemistry and one course from a list of selected courses provided below. BMB courses must include 270, 346, 550 and one from 320, 321 or 322. Biology courses must include 101, 102 (or 115), and 248. Chemistry courses must include 120 (or 125), 190 and 255. Math 113 and 116, or equivalent, are prerequisites for BMB 320, 321 and 322. The elective course must be chosen from BMB 551, Biology 212, 221, 312, 331, 357, or 442, and Chemistry 320, 321, 322 or 360. BMB 550 satisfies the Senior Thesis requirement. A complete description of the Senior Program is available from the departments. Honors in BMB will be based on excellence in coursework and on the Senior Thesis.
270S Biological Chemistry.
A survey of the chemical and physical nature of biological macromolecules, including nucleic acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates; biochemistry of enzyme catalysis; bioenergetics and regulatory mechanisms. Principles and techniques of experimental biochemistry, focusing on isolation methods and techniques for analyzing structure and function. This course satisfies the second semester of a one-year General Chemistry requirement for post-graduate Health Professions programs, however, this course might not also satisfy a Health Profession program’s requirement for a course in Biochemistry. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Prerequisite, 190. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory. (Same as Chemistry 270 and Biology 270.) S Rosenstein.
320S Biophysical Chemistry.
A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of physical chemistry applied to biological systems. Topics include the spectroscopy, thermodynamics and kinetics of proteins and other biomolecules, and the use of this knowledge to explain the physical basis of biochemical properties. Prerequisite, 270 and Mathematics 116. Physics 105, 195 or 205 is recommended. (Same as Chemistry 320.) Cotten.
321F Physical Chemistry I.
A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of quantum chemistry. Topics include the fundamental postulates of quantum mechanics, the nature of the chemical bond, and applications of molecular quantum mechanics including spectroscopy and computational electronic structure methods. Laboratory focuses on experiments that lead to the development of quantum mechanics, on molecular modeling and on spectroscopy. Prerequisite, 125 or 190, Mathematics 116, Physics 105, 195 or 205. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory. (Same as Chemistry 321.) Van Wynsberghe.
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322S Physical Chemistry II.
A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of thermodynamics and kinetics. Topics include statistical and classical thermodynamics, prediction of the direction and extent of chemical reactions, equilibrium, chemical kinetics, catalysis, and reaction rate theory. Prerequisite, 125 or 190, Mathematics 116, Physics 105, 195 or 205. The department recommends that students take 321 prior to 322. Three hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory. (Same as Chemistry 322.) Dawood.
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The advanced study of biochemical pathways in living organisms, with emphasis given to gene regulation and metabolism of four major macromolecules: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids. Includes in-depth discussion of contemporary developments in molecular biology and comprehensive training in molecular techniques. Three hours of class and three hours of laboratory. Prerequisite, 101 and 102, 115, or consent of instructor. (Same as Biology 346.) Mohan.
550F,S Senior Thesis I.
A research project carried out in association with a faculty member. One course credit. Must be approved by May of the junior year. The Program.
551S Senior Thesis II.
A research project carried out in association with a faculty member. Includes written and oral presentations. Candidates for honors should elect both 550 and 551. Prerequisite, 550. One course credit. The Program.
(from the Hamilton Course Catalogue)