male student pipettingBMB 110 — Plagues Past and Present – TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED

Explores the nature of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases from biological, historical, societal, technological and environmental perspectives.

Satisfies the General Education Population and the Environment Requirement. Cr 3.


BMB 150 — Genome Discovery I: From Dirt to DNA
Provides laboratory experience working on a bacteriophage genomics research project. Students will study novel bacteriophage they isolate from the environment. Topics covered include phage biology, bacteria and phage culturing and amplification, DNA isolation, restriction digest analysis, agarose gel electrophorosis, and electron microscopy. (HON 150 and BMB 150 are identical courses.) Prerequisites: Permission Cr 3.


BMB 155 — Genome Discovery II: From DNA to Genes
Provides laboratory experience working on DNA sequence from a bateriphage isolated during the previous semester. Topics include bioinformatics, genome annotation, open reading frame and RNA identification, BLAST analysis, phylogenetics and submission to a genomic database. In addition students will gain skills in reading the scientific literature, writing scientific papers, and making oral presentations. (HON 155 and BMB 155 are identical courses)
Prerequisites: BMB 150 or HON 150 Cr 3.


BMB 207/209 — Fundamentals of Chemistry
Reviews the essentials of inorganic chemistry and studies the types and reactions of organic compounds. (Satisfies the General Education Science Basic or Applied Sciences Requirement.) Prerequisite: one year of high school chemistry. Lec 3, Lab 2, Cr 4.


BMB 208/210 — Elementary Physiological Chemistry
Structure and properties of biological molecules, including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, vitamins and hormones, composition and function of body fluids, study of digestion and metabolism. (Satisfies the General Education Science Basic or Applied Sciences Requirement.) Prerequisite: BMB 207 or the equivalent. Lec 3, Lab 2, Cr 4.


BMB 221 — Organic Chemistry
Basic theories of organic chemistry, including reactions, mechanisms and nomenclature. Emphasis on those aspects of organic chemistry which relate to biological chemistry. BMB 221 does not serve as a prerequisite for CHY 252 and is not recommended for pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary or pre-optometry programs of study.
Prerequisites: A grade of C- or better in BMB 207 or in both CHY 121 and CHY 123. Lecture 3,  Cr 3.


BMB 222 — Laboratory in Organic Chemistry
Laboratory exercises illustrating the principles presented in BMB 221. Lab 2, Cr 1.


BMB 240 — Microbiology for the Professional Nurse
This course covers the basics of microbiology needed for the baccalaureate nursing students.  The course emphasizes the role of microorganisms in human health and illness.
Prerequisites: Nursing Majors, C or better in BIO 100, and C or better in either BMB 207 and BMB209 or in CHY 121 and CHY 123.
Course Typically Offered: Spring  Cr 3.


BMB 241 — Microbiology for the Professional Nurse laboratory
This is the laboratory component for BMB 240. This lab introduces Nursing students to the basic techniques of microbiology including staining, culturing and identification of microorganism. This material covered in this lab matches the content of BMB 240, Microbiology for the Professional Nurse.   In this course, students work with microorganisms that can potentially be infectious. (A list of these organism can be found here.) Individuals who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed and women who are pregnant may be at increased risk of acquiring infection and should discuss all such conditions with their personal physician prior to participation in the laboratory.
Prerequisites: BMB 240
Course Typically Offered: Spring.   Lab 4, Cr2.


BMB 280 — Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
An in-depth introduction to macromolecules, cell structure, metabolic processes, gene expression and molecular replication common to all organisms. Lec 3 Cr 3. Prereq: BIO 100.


BMB 300 — General Microbiology
A basic biology course dealing with general principles as illustrated by microorganisms, in bacteria and viruses. Covers cell structure, cell metabolism, genetics, geochemical activities, and host-parasite relations. Prerequisite: one year of chemistry and one year of biology or permissions. Lec 3, Cr 3.


BMB 305 — General Microbiology Laboratory
A laboratory study of the properties of bacteria and related microorganisms including techniques and identification. Suggested for students majoring in sciences. In this course, students work with microorganisms that can potentially be infectious. (A list of these organism can be found here.) Individuals who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed and women who are pregnant may be at increased risk of acquiring infection and should discuss all such conditions with their personal physician prior to participation in the laboratory. Prerequisite or corequisite: BMB 300. Lab 4, Cr 2.


BMB 322 — Biochemistry
A study of the properties of proteins and enzymes, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, and biomembranes. Key metabolic pathways and energy production are also covered.
Lec 3. .  Prerequisites & Notes  BMB 221 or CHY 251.
Cr. 3


BMB 323 — Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory

Laboratory exercises illustrating the principles presented in BMB 322. Lab 2.
Credits: 2


BMB 400 — Molecular Genetics
The structure of DNA and of genes, and the mechanisms of gene regulation, particularly as they pertain to cell growth and differentiation. Includes a discussion of the experimental techniques used in the genetic manipulation of organisms. Prerequisite: BIO 280, BMB 322. Lec 3. Cr 3.


BMB 410 — Diversity of Microorganisms – TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED
Metabolic diversity of microorganisms will be emphasized. Major metabolic groups of bacteria will be examined in detail and comparisons will be made between the different groups. Bacterial evolution and the current state of bacterial taxonomy will be discussed. Prerequisite: BMB 300, BMB 305. Cr 3.


BMB 420 — Infectious Disease
Examines medically important bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites causinh human infection. Introduces major classes of pathogens and host immunity to microbes. Covers pathogenesis, virulence factors, clinical symptoms, transmission, epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment for individual microbes. Prerequisite: BMB 300, BMB 305, Lec 3. Cr 3.


BMB 421 — Infectious Disease Laboratory
Introduction to procedures used in the clinical diagnostic laboratory to identify the causative agent of human infectious diseases. Corequisite: BMB 420. Lab 2, Cr 2.


BMB 430 — Bacterial Physiology
The properties and behavior of bacteria with respect to their chemical and physical requirements for life and reproduction. Prerequisite: BMB 300, BMB 322. Lec 3, Cr 3.


BMB 431 — Bacterial Physiology Laboratory
Laboratory experiments and exercises designed to expose students to aspects of bacterial physiology and to selected assays, techniques, and equipment used in physiology research. Prerequisite: BMB 300, BMB 322. Lab 2, Cr 1.


BMB 440 — Introductory Immunology
An introduction to the organization and function of the immune system including the basic properties of humoral and cell-mediated immune responses, the reactions or antigens and antibodies and the lymphocytes involved. Prerequisite: CHY 251. Lec 3, Cr 3.


BMB 441 — Immunology Laboratory
A laboratory course to introduce students to diagnostic and experimental techniques routinely used in the immunology lab. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BMB 440 and BMB 471. Lab 2, Cr 1.


BMB 455 — Virology
Introduction to the study of viruses, emphasizing their nature, methods of cultivation, mode of transmission, genetics and mechanisms of pathogenicity. Prerequisite: BMB 300, BMB 400. Lec 3, Cr 3.


BMB 456 — Virology Laboratory
Introduction to methods of virus propagation, assay and characterization, including cell culture, in vitro infectivity assays, and cytopathic effects. Corequisite: BMB 455. Lab 2, Cr 1.


BMB 460 — Advanced Biochemistry
A continuation of BMB 322, with emphasis on elements of biochemistry and similar topics. May include discussions of cellular control mechanisms, enzyme kinetics. Satisfies the General Education Demonstrated Writing Competency Requirement. Prerequisite: BMB 322 or permission. Lec 3, Cr 3.


BMB 464 — Analytical and Preparative Biochemical Laboratory Methods
Laboratory techniques for the manipulation and analysis of biochemical materials including biological activity assays, concentration determinations, ligand binding analysis, enzyme kinetics and methods for macromolecular fractionation and characterization. (Satisfies the General Education Demonstrated Writing Competency Requirement.) Prerequisite: BMB 322 or BMB 451. Cr 4.


BMB 467 — Physical Biochemistry
Designed for students who have a strong background in the properties and function of biomolecules including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates. Focus will be on the physical, chemical, and thermodynamic principles that define macromolecular interactions in cells and solution. Topics include thermodynamics of macromolecular systems, bioenergetics, binding, solution behavior, macromolecular interactions, introduction to quantum mechanics, transport, separation techniques, spectroscopy, phase transitions, steady state and rapid reaction kinetic principles, and modern biophysical laboratory techniques.
Prerequisites: BMB 460 or concurrently or permission; PHY 122 or 112 or concurrently; and BMB 322, CHY 252, MAT 127.
Lecture 3, Cr. 3.


BMB 471 — Cell Culture Laboratory
A laboratory course devoted to eukaryotic cell culture techniques and applications. Prerequisite: BMB305. Lab 2, Cr 1.


BMB 490 — Microbial Genetics
A lecture and laboratory chiefly in the genetics of Escherichia coli, its bacteriophages, and mechanisms of genetic exchange among prokaryotes. Lectures cover all materials and problems presented in the text. Laboratory sessions may include chemical mutagenesis, transposon mutagenesis, in vitro mutagenesis, transduction, conjugation, transformation, genetic mapping, physical mapping, complementation analyses, maxi cell expression of proteins, and regulatory studies using gene fusions and operon fusions. Final grade is based on two written exams (20% each), a laboratory notebook (30%), and a manuscript (30%) based on the laboratory research and written in the editorial style of an ASM journal (Satisfies the General Education Demonstrated Writing Competency Requirement.) Prerequisite: BMB 300 and BMB 305, or permission. Cr 5.


BMB 491 — Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology Research
Research in Molecular and Biological Sciences. A comprehensive report is required. Seniors and graduate students only. Cr Ar.


BMB 497 — Independent Study
A laboratory and conference for students desiring to pursue some particular line of investigation. Prerequisite: permission. Cr Ar.


BMB 510 — Laboratory in Molecular Biology – TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED
Selected exercises in recombinant DNA technology and related subjects, including nucleic acid purification, construction of recombinant DNA molecules, DNA-DNA and DNA-RNA hybridization, and DNA sequencing. Prerequisites: BMB 400, BMB 464 or permission. Cr 5.


BMB 525 — Proteins and Enzymes – TEMPORARILY DISCONTINUED
Emphasis is on contemporary principles of protein structure and interactions, enzymes and catalysis, and membrane function. Prerequisite: BMB 460 or permission. Rec 3, Cr 3.


BMB 530 — Cellular Signal Transduction Mechanisms
Signal transduction mechanisms used by cells to perceive extracellular messages and to produce proper responses in regulating growth, development and metabolism. Prerequisite: BMB 460 or permission. Cr 3.


BMB 540 — Advanced Immunology 
Selected topics in immunology including regulation autoimmune disease, immunogenetics, and immunodeficiencies. Emphasis on topics of current significance. Prerequisite: BMB 300, BMB 322 and BMB 440 or permission. Cr 3.


BMB 550 — Special Topics in Molecular Biology
Includes lectures/seminars on the structure, regulation and evolution of genetic elements, viruses, and cell-surface glycoproteins. Prerequisites: BMB 500 or BMB 460 and permission. May be repeated for credit. Cr Ar.


BMB 580 — Seminar in Microbiology
Preparation and presentation of papers dealing with current research and developments in the field of bacteriology. (Satisfies the General Education Demonstrated Writing Competency Requirement.) Cr 1.


BMB 582 — Seminar in Biochemistry
Preparation and presentation of papers dealing with current research in the field of biochemistry. Cr 1.


BMB 597 — Special Topics in Biochemistry
Covers selected topics or areas within the field of Biochemistry. May be repeated for graduate credit. Prerequisite: permission. Cr 1-3.


BMB 598 — Special Topics in Microbiology
Covers selected topics or areas within the field of Microbiology. May be repeated for graduate credit. Prerequisite: permission. Cr 1-3.


BMB 699 — Graduate Thesis Research
Cr Ar.


INT 479 — Methods in Epidemiology
The course introduces students to the field of epidemiology, emphasizing methods for assessing factors associated with the distribution and etiology of health and disease, with emphasis on current, real-world health issues and advancement of student skills in the critique of research studies. Prerequisite: Mat 232, BMB 300.
Cr 3. A student may only take either INT 479 OR INT 579 for credit.