Biochemistry Major (B.S.) - Undergraduate - 2012 University Catalog

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A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree (for further information, see General Education Requirements).

BIOCHEMISTRY MAJOR

Complete 72 semester hours including the following 4 requirement(s):

  1. CHEMISTRY COURSES

    Complete the following 14 courses for 41 semester hours:

    CHEM 120 General Chemistry I (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
    CHEM 121 General Chemistry II (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
    CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry II (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 232 Experimental Organic Chemistry I (4 hours lab) 2
    CHEM 233 Experimental Organic Chemistry II (4 hours lab) 2
    CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry (3 hours lecture, 4 hours lab) 5
    CHEM 340 Physical Chemistry I (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 347 Biophysical Chemistry (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 370 Biochemistry I (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 371 Biochemistry II (3 hours lecture) 3
    CHEM 372 Experimental Biochemistry I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab) 2
    CHEM 373 Experimental Biochemistry II (6 hours lab) 3
    CHEM 495 The Chemical Literature (3 hours lab) 1
  2. BIOLOGY COURSES

    Complete the following for 15 semester hours:

    BIOL 230 Cell and Molecular Biology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
    BIOL 350 Microbiology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
    BIOL 380 Genetics (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4
    BIOL 434 Introductory Molecular Biology (3 hours lecture) 3
  3. MATHEMATICS COURSES

    Complete 2 courses for 8 semester hours:

    MATH 122 Calculus I (4 hours lecture) 4
    MATH 221 Calculus II (4 hours lecture) 4
  4. PHYSICS COURSES

    Complete 2 courses for 8 semester hours:

    PHYS 191 University Physics I (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4
    PHYS 192 University Physics II (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4

Course Descriptions:

BIOL230: Cell and Molecular Biology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

An introduction to the chemistry, structure, and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Topics covered include membrane structure and transport processes, bioenergetics and energy transformations in cells, DNA replication and expression, protein synthesis, and cell movement. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 120 with a grade of "C-" or better.

BIOL350: Microbiology (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

A study of bacteria, yeast, molds and other microorganisms in relation to modern biological concepts and the welfare of man. Standard techniques employed in the laboratory. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 and CHEM 120.

BIOL380: Genetics (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

Lecture and lab. Heredity, gene and chromosomal structure and function, gene regulation, mutation and repair, genes in populations, genetic manipulation, and applied genetics are covered. Lab exercises demonstrate genetic concepts. A semester-long project with research paper is required. Required of all biology majors and minors. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Biology, Molecular Biology and Science Informatics. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230 with a grade of "C-" or better and CHEM 120.

BIOL434: Introductory Molecular Biology (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to examine the molecular biology of plant and animal cells. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 350, and 380, and CHEM 370.

CHEM120: General Chemistry I (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

Introductory lecture and laboratory course for science majors, prerequisite for all advanced chemistry courses. Introduction to atomic and molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, and selected topics in descriptive inorganic chemistry. Laboratory stresses techniques and data treatment and their use in examining chemical systems. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the Mathematics readiness test OR MATH 100 with a grade of C- or better. Satisfactory score on the Chemistry/Biochemistry Department readiness test OR CHEM 113 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM121: General Chemistry II (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)

Introductory lecture and laboratory course for science majors, prerequisite for all advanced chemistry courses. Introduction to thermochemistry, kinetics; general acid base, precipitation, redox equilibria, electrochemistry and selected topics in descriptive inorganic chemistry. Laboratory stresses techniques and data treatment and their use in examining chemical systems. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 120 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM230: Organic Chemistry I (3 hours lecture)

Structure and bonding in organic compounds: nomenclature, reactions, properties, and aromatic compounds: stereochemistry; structure analysis by IR, NMR, UV, and MS; introduction to molecular orbital theory. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 121 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM231: Organic Chemistry II (3 hours lecture)

Nomenclature, reactions, properties, and synthesis of ethers, epoxides, alcohols, amines, and carbonyl compounds; carbohydrates; amino acids, peptides and proteins; pericyclic reactions; synthetic polymers. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM232: Experimental Organic Chemistry I (4 hours lab)

A laboratory course to be taken concurrently with CHEM 230. Basic techniques for the separation, analysis and synthesis of organic compounds: recrystallization, distillation, extraction, GC, HPLC, TLC, GC/MS, IR, H/C13- NMR, chemical safety methods and regulations. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 is a prerequisite or corequisite.

CHEM233: Experimental Organic Chemistry II (4 hours lab)

A laboratory course to be taken concurrently with CHEM 231 and after completion of CHEM 232. Basic techniques for organic synthesis, mechanistic studies, separation and analysis, and chemical safety: multistep syntheses, spectral data-base searching, phase-transfer catalysis, anhydrous procedures, analysis of unknowns by wet-chemical and spectral methods. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 231 and 232 with a grade of C- or better. CHEM 231 may be taken as a corequisite.

CHEM310: Analytical Chemistry (3 hours lecture, 4 hours lab)

Introduction to concepts of classical analytical chemistry including evaluation of data and apparatus, theory and application of volumetric and gravimetric methods and redox equilibrium, and introduction to electrical methods. 5 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 231 and CHEM 232 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM340: Physical Chemistry I (3 hours lecture)

Thermodynamics, homogeneous and heterogeneous equilibria, gases, electrochemistry, solutions, colligative properties. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 231 and PHYS 192 and MATH 221 with a grade of C- or better in all courses.

CHEM347: Biophysical Chemistry (3 hours lecture)

Thermodynamics, equilibria, transport processes, kinetics, and electrochemistry as applied to biomolecules and cellular processes. Previous course CHEM 447 effective through Spring 2011. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 370 and CHEM 340 with a grade of C- or better in both courses.

CHEM370: Biochemistry I (3 hours lecture)

Organization of the living cell; structure, function and chemistry of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids; bioenergetics and oxidation. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 231 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM371: Biochemistry II (3 hours lecture)

The second semester of a two semester course in biochemistry. The course continues the coverage of the chemistry of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids, and their role in cellular function and processes. Topics such as the chemistry of hormones, recombinat DNA, mechanisms of enzyme action, protein synthesis, immunoglobulins and membranes are included. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 370 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM372: Experimental Biochemistry I (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)

A lecture and laboratory course of experimental methods in biochemistry. Biochemical applications of spectroscopy, chromatographic methods, enzyme kinetics, DNA and protein purification and electrophoretic techniques. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 231 and CHEM 232 with a grade of C- or better in both courses. CHEM 370 may be taken as a prerequisite or corequisite.

CHEM373: Experimental Biochemistry II (6 hours lab)

A second-semester laboratory in modern techniques in experimental biochemistry to include important applications of major instrumentation. Primarily intended for Biochemistry majors. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 370 and CHEM 372 with a grade of C- or better in both courses.

CHEM495: The Chemical Literature (3 hours lab)

Introduction to web-based searching of the chemical and biochemical literature databases, including Scifinder Sholar, Science Citation Index, Science Direct, and ACS Search. Course requirements include a literature search paper and a brief seminar. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Chemistry. 1 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 370 or CHEM 340 may be taken as prerequisite or corequisite.

MATH122: Calculus I (4 hours lecture)

Limits, continuity; derivative and differentiation; applications of the derivative, maxima, minima, and extreme considerations; antiderivatives; Riemann integral. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 111 or MATH 112 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) or a satisfactory score on department's Calculus Readiness Test. (Students who did not satisfy the course prerequisite at MSU and students who received a grade of D-, D, or D+ in the prerequisite course taken at MSU are required to demonstrate competency on the department's Calculus Readiness Test.)

MATH221: Calculus II (4 hours lecture)

Riemann integral applications, transcendental functions, techniques of integration, improper integrals, L'Hospital's rule, infinite series. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 122.

PHYS191: University Physics I (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

This one-semester calculus-based course including laboratory is a study of the principles of physics and some applications to society's problems. Topics covered include mechanics, thermodynamics, fluids, and harmonic motion. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 122 is prerequisite or co-requisite.

PHYS192: University Physics II (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)

Calculus-based course. Study of some principles of physics and some applications to society's problems. Topics include: wave motion, sound and noise pollution, optics, electricity, lasers, nuclear theory, radiation, nuclear reactors, waste disposal. 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 221 is prerequisite or corequisite.