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. Minimum 6 hours/week. Students conduct research under supervision of faculty mentor. 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. Minimum 6 hours/week. Students conduct research under supervision of faculty mentor. 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. Minimum 6 hours/week. Students conduct research under supervision of faculty mentor. 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. Minimum 6 hours/week. Students conduct research under supervision of faculty mentor. 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 and junior standing.
    First semester junior research including training in use of research literature. Application through the BMB Program. Students conduct research under supervision of faculty mentor. Attendance at group meetings required. Minimum 6 hours/week. Two-credit research does not carry major credit in BMB and cannot be combined with another 2-credit course for elective credit. 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, junior standing, and either BB 340, BB 350, full-time summer UROP, or any 4 credits of BB 140, BB 141, BB 240, and BB 241,
    Second-semester junior research including required participation in group meetings. Conduct research under supervision of faculty mentor. Application through BMB Department. Minimum 6 hours/week. Two-credit research does not carry major credit in BMB and cannot be combined with another 2-credit course for elective credit. 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 and junior standing.
    First-semester junior research including training in 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 at group meetings required. Minimum 12 hours/week in labwork and data analysis. 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, junior standing, and either BB 340, BB 350, full-time summer UROP, or any 4 credits of BB 140, BB 141, BB 240, and BB 241.
    Second-semester research with junior standing, including training in 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. Minimum 12 hours/week in labwork and data analysis. 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: junior standing, First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120),major GPA of at least 3.0, junior standing and either BB 341 or BB 351.
    Third-semester research with junior standing, including required participation in group meetings. Application through the BMB Program. Students conduct research under supervision of a faculty mentor. Students expected to take a lead and make creative contributions to projects. Attendance at group meetings and final report required. Minimum 12 hours/week in lab or fieldwork, data analysis, and writing. 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.
    First semester of independent laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member in a two- semester course. Overall 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. This course contnues in the Spring as BB 402 and recieves a J-grade if completed satisfactorily. 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: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120), 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.
    Second semester of independent laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member in a two-semester course. Overall 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, with a minimum grade of B+, is required to graduate 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 senior standing.
    First-semester senior research including training in the use of research literature and active participation at group meetings. Application through the Biology Department. Students conduct research under supervision of a faculty mentor. Attendance at group meetings required. Minimum 12 hours/week in labwork and data analysis. 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,senior standing, and either BB 340, BB 350,full-time summer UROP, or any 4 credits of BB 140, BB 141, BB 240, and BB 241.
    Second-semester research with senior standing, 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. Minimum 12 hours/week in labwork and data analysis. 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: senior standing, First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120),major GPA of at least 3.0, and either BB 341, or BB 351, or BB 451.
    Third-semester research with senior standing, including required participation in group meetings. 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. Minimum 12 hours/week in labwork, data analysis, and writing. 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: senior standing, major GPA of at least 3.0, and BB 352 or BB 452.
    Undergraduate Corequisites: CAS BB 497 or CAS BB 498.
    Fourth-semester research with senior standing. Application through the BMB Program. Students conduct research under supervision of a faculty mentor. Attendance at group meetings and final report required. Minimum 12 hours/week in labwork, data analysis, and writing. Students develop research presentation skills in co-requisite seminar course, BI 497 or BI 498.
  • CAS BB 497: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar 1
    Undergraduate Corequisites: Co-requisite for students taking CAS BB 401.
    A one-credit seminar for students enrolled in BB 401 in the Fall semester. 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. This course contnues in the Spring as BB 498 and recieves a J-grade if completed satisfactorily.
  • CAS BB 498: Honors Research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Seminar 2
    Undergraduate Corequisites: Co-requisite for students taking CAS BB 402.
    A one-credit continuation of BB 497 for students enrolled in Honors Research in BMB, CAS BB 402, 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 BB 497/498 and in 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. Effective Spring 2024, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following Teamwork/Collaboration, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • 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. Effective Fall 2021, 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 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. Effective Spring 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Creativity/Innovation