Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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  • CAS BB 140: First Year Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1
    First semester first year research in BMB. Application through the BMB Program. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member. Two- credit research does not carry major credit in BMB.
  • CAS BB 141: First Year Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2
    Second semester first year research in BMB. Application through the BMB Program. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member. Two- credit research does not carry major credit in BMB.
  • CAS BB 240: Sophomore Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1
    First semester sophomore research in BMB. Application through the BMB Program. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member. Two- credit research does not carry major credit in BMB.
  • CAS BB 241: Sophomore Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2
    Second semester sophomore research in BMB. Application through the BMB Program. Students design and implement a research project with a faculty member. Two- credit research does not carry major credit in BMB.
  • CAS BB 340: Junior Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1 (2 Credits)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: major GPA of at least 3.0, no prior undergraduate research experienceand junior standing.
    First semester junior research including the use of research literature. Application through the BMB Program. Students conduct research under supervision of a faculty mentor. Attendance at group meetings required. Two-credit research does not carry major credit in BMB. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Research and Information Literacy.
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS BB 341: Junior Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2 (2 Credits)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: major GPA of at least 3.0, and junior standing, and BB 340 or BB 350 or UROP or 4 credits of First Year (BB 140/141) or Sophomore (BB 240/241) Research.
    Second semester junior research including the use of research literature and active participation at group meetings. Application through the BMB Program. Students conduct research under supervision of a faculty mentor. Attendance with oral presentations at group meetings required. Two-credit research does not carry major credit in BMB. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • CAS BB 350: Junior Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1 (4 Credits)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: major GPA of at least 3.0, no prior undergraduate research experienceand junior standing.
    First semester junior research including the use of research literature and active participation at group meetings. Application through the BMB Program. Students conduct research under supervision of a faculty mentor. Attendance with oral presentations at group meetings required. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS BB 351: Junior Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2 (4 Credits)
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: major GPA of at least 3.0, and junior standing and BB 340 or BB 350 or UROP or 4 credits of First Year (BB 140/141) or Sophomore (BB 240/241) Research.
    Second semester junior research including the use of research literature. Application through the BMB Program. Students conduct research under supervision of a faculty mentor. Students expected to attend group meetings and take a lead and make creative contributions to projects. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Creativity/Innovation, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • CAS BB 352: Junior Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120), major GPA of at least 3.0, junior standing and BB 341 or BB 351.
    Third semester junior research including the use of the research literature. Application through the BMB Program. Students conduct research under supervision of a faculty mentor. Attendance at group meetings and final report required. Students expected to take a lead and make creative contributions to projects. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing- Intensive Course, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Creativity/Innovation
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS BB 401: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, overall and BMB GPA of at least 3.5, and approval of application by the BMB Research and Honors Committee.
    Undergraduate Corequisites: CAS BB 497.
    Independent laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Course grade is determined by laboratory performance, oral presentation, written thesis, and defense of the thesis before a committee of three BMB faculty members. Successful completion of both CAS BB 401 and BB 402 may lead to a degree with honors in the major. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS BB 402: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: senior standing, overall and BMB GPA of at least 3.5, and approval of application by the BMB Research and Honors Committee.
    Undergraduate Corequisites: CAS BB 498.
    Independent laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member. Course grade is determined by laboratory performance, oral presentation, written thesis, and defense of the thesis before a committee of three BMB faculty members. Successful completion of both CAS BB 401 and BB 402 may lead to a degree with honors in the major. Students must also present a research talk at the BMB symposium at the end of the Spring semester of the academic year. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Creativity/Innovation, Research and Information Literacy.
  • CAS BB 450: Senior Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: major GPA of at least 3.0 and no prior undergraduate research experience and senior standing.
    First semester senior research including the use of research literature and active participation at group meetings. Application through the BMB Program. Students conduct research under supervision of a faculty mentor. Attendance with oral presentations at group meetings required. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS BB 451: Senior Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: major GPA of at least 3.0 and senior standing and BB 340 or BI 350 or BI 450 or UROP or 4 credits of First Year (BB 140/141) or Sophomore (BB 240/241) Research.
    Second semester senior research including the use of the research literature. Application through the BMB Program. Students conduct research under supervision of a faculty mentor. Students expected to attend group meetings and take a lead and make creative contributions to projects. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Creativity/Innovation, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Research and Information Literacy
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • CAS BB 452: Senior Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 3
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120), major GPA of at least 3.0, senior standing and BB 341 or BB 351 or BB 451.
    Third semester senior research including the use of research literature. Application through the BMB Program. Students conduct research under supervision of a faculty mentor. Attendance at group meetings and final report required. Students expected to take a lead and make creative contributions to projects. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing-Intensive Course, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Creativity/Innovation
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS BB 453: Senior Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 4
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120), major GPA of at least 3.0, senior standing and BB 352 or 452.
    Undergraduate Corequisites: CAS BB 497 or CAS BB 498.
    Fourth semester senior research including the use of research literature. Application through the BMB Program. Students conduct research under supervision of a faculty mentor. Attendance at group meetings and final report required. Students develop research presentation skills in co-requisite seminar course.
  • CAS BB 497: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar 1
    Undergraduate Corequisites: For students currently enrolled in CAS BB 401 or BB 453 in the fall semester.
    A one-credit seminar for students enrolled in BB 401 or BB 453 in the fall. Students learn and present digitally produced descriptions of their research and prepare their theses for defense under the guidance of the Research and Honors Committee and present at the BMB Symposium at the end of the spring semester. A minimum grade of B+ in this course and in BB 498 and BB 401/402 is required to graduate with Honors in BMB.
  • CAS BB 498: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar 2
    Undergraduate Corequisites: For students currently enrolled in CAS BB 402 or BB 453 in the spring semester.
    A one-credit continuation of BB 497 for students enrolled in Honors Research in BMB CAS BB 402 or BB 453 in the spring. Students learn and present digitally produced descriptions of their research and prepare their theses for defense under the guidance of the Research and Honors Committee and present at the BMB Symposium at the end of the semester. A minimum grade of B+ in this course and in BB 497 and BB 401/402 is required to graduate with Honors in BMB. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Digital/Multimedia Expression.
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
  • CAS BB 522: Molecular Biology Laboratory
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS BI 552.
    Introduction to techniques of molecular biology research, including analysis of DNA, RNA, and protein molecules by techniques such as restriction enzyme digestions, PCR, subcloning, DNA sequencing and analysis, reporter gene assays, protein-protein interactions, and culturing and yeast molecular biology.
  • CAS BB 591: Graduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to the combined BA/MA Biotechnology Program.
    BMB laboratory research conducted under supervision of a faculty member. Externships are acceptable if approved and overseen by a BMB faculty member or the BMB Director. Minimum of 15 hours per week in the lab, culminating in submission to the BMB Director of a written progress report and research outline for CAS BB 592.
  • CAS BB 592: Graduate Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: admission to the combined BA/MA Biotechnology Program.
    Continuation of the laboratory research project initiated in CAS BB 591, under supervision of a faculty member. Externships are acceptable if approved and overseen by a BMB faculty member or the BMB Director. Minimum of 15 hours per week in the lab, culminating in a presentation at the BMB symposium.