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 Biochemistry Courses


Undergraduate Level/Lower-Division Courses

  • AGR 11500 Introduction to Biochemistry Academic Programs. An introduction to the academic programs offered in the Department of Biochemistry. Topics include, but are not limited to undergraduate plans of study, courses, experiential programs, internships, student organizations, career opportunities, academic policies, scholarships, and student services. Course meets during weeks 1-8.
    Fall. Class 1, cr. 0.5. Syllabus

  • BCHM 10000 Introduction to Biochemistry. A survey of modern biochemistry using descriptions of contemporary experiments to illustrate the general theories and unifying concepts. This course is open to all students and does not require any college science courses as background or prerequisite.
    Fall, Spring. Class 2, cr. 2. Syllabus
    This class is also offered as honors by contract. Syllabus

  • BCHM 22100 Analytical Biochemistry. Discussion of qualitative and quantitative analysis of biological compounds including pH measurement and control, spectrophotometry, measurement of radioactivity; theoretical basis of various separation techniques including chromatography and electrophoresis; application of these methods to separation and analysis of biological compounds. Laboratory sessions will provide practical experience in the use of these methods. This course is designed for biochemistry majors.
    Fall, Spring. Class 2, Lab 3, cr. 3. Prerequisite: CHM 116 or equivalent. Syllabus

  • BCHM 29000 Experimental Design Seminar. Introduction to fundamentals of scientific principles and practice in biochemistry. Students will learn how to develop hypotheses, design experiments, and critically analyze results to create new knowledge. Intended for sophomores. Restricted to biochemistry majors.
    Spring. Class 2, cr. 2. Syllabus

  • BCHM 29800 Introduction to Biochemistry Research.Supervised individual research. This course is intended to provide an introduction to independent undergraduate research. The primary goal of this experience is to learn the mechanics of laboratory science. Students will learn to work in a real laboratory situation where experiments are not preassembled for them. Students will record their data in laboratory notebooks, and gain experience in trouble-shooting and critically analyzing the results of their experiments.
    Fall, Spring, Summer. cr. 1-2. Prerequisites: instructor permission. Syllabus

  • BCHM 29801 (Second half-semester version of the above)
    Fall, Spring. cr. 0.5-1. Syllabus

  • Undergraduate Level/Upper-Division Courses

    • BCHM 30700 Biochemistry. Introduction to the chemistry, function, and metabolism of compounds found in the living organism.
      Fall, Spring. Class 3, cr. 3 (el. 4 to 8 A, F, SLA, S). Prerequisite: CHM 25700 or equivalent.  Syllabus

    • BCHM 30900 Biochemistry Laboratory. Experiments that introduce methods for analysis and separation of biological molecules and that illustrate the biochemical and metabolic concepts covered in BCHM 30700.
      Fall, Spring. Lab 3, cr. 1. Prerequisite or corequisite: BCHM 30700.  Syllabus

    • BCHM 32200 Analytical Biochemistry. Modern biochemical methods are used to isolate, analyze, and study the properties of a great variety of materials, such as amino acids; proteins, including several enzymes; mono-, oligo-, and polysaccharides; fats; and nucleic acids. Emphasis is on experimentation. The course is designed for biochemistry majors.
      Fall, Spring. Class 1, Lab 3, cr. 2 (el. 5 A). Prerequisite or corequisite: BCHM 22100. Syllabus

    • BCHM 36100 Molecules. A lecture course that relates biochemistry to organic chemistry. Chemical principles relevant to the assembly and function of macromolecules, the logic of biological free energy conversion, and enzyme catalysis are emphasized, all of which provide a foundation for the study of metabolism.
      Fall, Spring. Class 3, cr. 3. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or better in CHM 25500 or CHM 26505, and BIOL 110 or 121, and concurrent enrollment in CHM 25600 or CHEM 26605. Restricted to Biochemistry majors. Syllabus

    • BCHM 39000 Professional Development Seminar. The objective of this course is to help biochemistry students with professional development and career planning. Students will learn about career possibilities, interview skills, job search strategies, graduate and professional school applications, resume construction and industrial practices. Intended for juniors. Restricted to biochemistry majors.
      Fall. Class 1, cr. 1. Syllabus

    • BCHM 46200 Metabolism. A lecture course to provide students with a broad and thorough understanding of core metabolic pathways and how they are regulated.  Anabolic and catabolic processes of metabolic pathways will be studied at the biochemical, structural, genetic and molecular levels. Students will learn to appreciate how the various metabolic pathways are integrated and how the fundamental metabolic pathways relate to medicine, agriculture and human disease.
      Fall. Class 3, cr. 3. Prerequisite: BCHM 36100 or BCHM 56100. Restricted to Biochemistry majors. Syllabus

    • BCHM 46300 Macromolecular Machines. A tour of the cell from the perspective of the macromolecules. This course examines how the three-dimensional structures of biological molecules confer cellular function.
      Fall. Class 3, cr. 3. Prerequisite: BCHM 46200 or 56200 or MCMP 30500. Restricted to biochemistry majors. Syllabus

    • BCHM 46500 Biochemistry of Life Processes. Major questions in chemical aspects of biology and contemporary approaches to these problems.
      Spring. Class 2, cr. 2. Prerequisites: BCHM 463. Syllabus

    • BCHM 49000 Undergraduate Seminar. Discussion of individual student research projects peformed in BCHM 49800 or BCHM 49900. Preparation of posters and public seminars based upon research results.
      Spring. Class 1, cr. 1. Prerequisite: BCHM 49800 or 49900. Syllabus

    • BCHM 49500 Special Assignments. Special work in biochemistry not included in other courses.

    • BCHM 49800 Research in Biochemistry. Supervised individual research. This course is intended to provide the opportunity for in-depth, independent undergraduate research. The students enrolled in this course will learn how to devise hypotheses, design experiments that test their hypotheses, record their data in laboratory notebooks, critically analyze the results of their analyses, and present their findings to others in written form. Permission of instructor required. Fall, Spring, Summer. cr. 0-6. May be repeated for credit. Syllabus

    • BCHM 49801 (Second half-semester version of the above)
      Fall, Spring. cr. 0.5-2. Syllabus

    • BCHM 49900 Honors Thesis. Supervised indivdual research.
      Fall, Spring, Summer. Individual study 1, Lab 2, cr. 3. Permission of instructor required. May not be repeated for credit. Syllabus

    Dual Level/Undergraduate-Graduate

    • BCHM 56100 General Biochemistry I. This course will provide undergraduate and graduate students with basic understanding of biochemical and structural properties of amino acids, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates. This course will allow students to connect the relationship between structure and function of biomolecules. In addition, students will learn to understand enzyme properties, enzyme mechanism of action and enzyme regulation.
      Fall. Class 3, cr. 3. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or better in CHM 25600 or CHM 25700 or CHM 26200 or CHM 26605 or MCMP 20500. Syllabus

    • BCHM 56200 General Biochemistry II. This course will provide undergraduate and graduate students with an understanding of core metabolic pathways.  Anabolic and catabolic processes of metabolic pathways will be studied.  Biochemical and structural knowledge will used to determine how enzymes and coenzymes are needed to regulated and control metabolic pathways. Fall, Spring. Class 3, cr. 3. Prerequisite: CHM 25600 or CHM 25700 or CHM 26200 or CHM 26605 or MCMP 20500. Syllabus

      • Graduate Level

        • BCHM 60100 Critical Analysis of Biochemical Research Literature IThe objective of this course is to assist students in acquiring the skills needed to read critically, evaluate, and assimilate the primary scientific literature. This objective will be accomplished by instructor-guided discussions of the hypotheses, experimental data, conclusions, and scientific merit of assigned manuscript(s) taken from the fields of biochemistry and molecular biology. Topics for discussion initially will focus on the structure, organization, review process, and ethical issues related to scientific manuscripts. As the semester progresses, discussions will focus on the hypotheses being tested, quality of the data, and validity of the conclusions.
          Fall. cr. 2. Permission of instructor required. Syllabus 


        • BCHM 60200 Critical Analysis of Biochemical Research Literature II. Builds on the skills developed in BCHM 601. Students will continue to enhance their analytical skills, and class discussions will be conducted at a more sophisticated level and will go into greater depth. Class discussions will focus more on the analysis and evaluation of current methodologies and hypotheses in the biochemical and molecular biological literature. Students will be evaluated primarily on their preparation and participation in each class discussion.
          Spring. cr. 2. Prerequisite: BCHM 60100. Permission of instructor required. Syllabus


        • BCHM 60501 Macromolecules. Review of the properties of amino acids and nuecleotides and basic principles that govern macromolecular secondary and tertiary structure and structure-function relationships of proteins and nucleic acids. Amino acid sequence analysis, chemical modifications of proteins and nucleic acids, protein folding, active sites, protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions will be discussed. Structures, chemical properties, enzymatic reactivities and macromolecular biological functions will be emphasized throughout the course.
          Fall. cr. 3. Prerequisite: BCHM 56100 and 56200 or consent of instructor. Syllabus


        • BCHM 61000 Regulation of Eukaryotic Gene Expression. Provides students with a basic understanding of gene expression mechanisms with a specific focus on newly emerging topics. Spring. cr. 3. Prerequisite: BCHM 56100 and 56200, or consent of instructor. Syllabus


        • BCHM 61100 Chromatin Biology & Chromosome Dynamics. An exploration of current models and recent discoveries in chromatin biology and the relationship between chromatin and gene expression as well as other aspects of chromosome structure and function.
          Fall. cr. 2. Syllabus


        • BCHM 62000 Protein Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics. The purpose of this course is to give graduate students an overview of proteomics research with an emphasis on mass spectrometric technologies and biological applications. Topics will include mass spectrometric instrumentation, protein and peptide separation methods, methods for selective enrichment of modified proteins and peptides, identification of proteins and post-translational modifications, and quantification of proteins and modifications. We will also discuss examples of proteome-scale studies and the impact they are having on biological and biomedical research. A major focus will be training students to analyze and interpret data. This course is intended for graduate students interested in using mass spec approaches in their own research or simply learning about this technology.
          Spring. cr. 2.

        • BCHM 63000 Analytical Biochemistry. Theoretical and practical aspects of techniques used in the qualitative and quantitative analysis of biological materials. Techniques to be discussed include gas chromatography, combination gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, high-speed liquid chromatography, affinity chromatography, electrophoresis, centrifugation, radiochemical procedures, absorption spectroscopy, and fluorescence spectroscopy. Emphasis will be placed on the application of these techniques to the solution of current biochemical problems.
          Fall. cr. 2. (Offered in alternate years.) Prerequisite: BCHM 56200 or equivalent.


        • BCHM 64000 Metabolic Plant Physiology Topics include photosynthesis, respiration, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, and nitrogen, sulfur, and secondary metabolism. This course is the third in a series of core courses in the Purdue Plant Biology Program graduate curriculum. Prerequisite: BCHM 56100, 56200; BTNY 55300 or HORT 55300, BIOL 55100 or HORT 55100. Fall. Cr. 3
        • BCHM 69000 Seminar in Biochemistry. Students discuss papers from the recent literature. The purpose is both the dissemination of knowledge and learning to organize and present talks.
          Fall, Spring. cr. 1. May be repeated for credit. Syllabus

        • BCHM 69500 Special Topics in Biochemistry. Critical examination of developments in specialized fields of biochemistry. Open to candidates for the Ph.D. degree in biochemistry; others by special permission of the professor in charge.
          Fall, Spring. cr. 1-4.
      • BCHM 69500 Introduction to R and Bioconductor. Provides an introductory, hands-on experience for life science researchers in bioinformatics using R and Bioconductor. Emphasis will be placed on accessing, formatting and visualizing genomics data. Most analyses will deal with "little" data (no mapping or assembly of short reads), but some techniques to work with "big" data (e.g. BAM files) will be covered. Lecture and lab will both be held in a computer lab, so lecture will be "hands-on". Lab work will generally be performed in small groups with peer review. Summer. cr. 2. Syllabus

      • BCHM 69500 Pathways. Course designed for 1st or 2nd year graduate students with a specific focus on newly emerging topics, the molecular basis for the major intracellular signaling pathways of eukaryotes will be covered. This course will be taught from current primary literature, using a textbook as a background resource. The following topics will be included: protein kinases and phosphatases, G protein coupled receptors, receptor tyrosine kinases, PI3K pathway, mTOR pathway, PTEN, Wnt/β-catenin pathway, cancer metabolism, epigenetics in cancer metabolism, cell cycle control, p53 pathway, DNA damage checkpoint, regulated proteolysis, aneuploidy and programmed cell death. Students will learn how to read and interpret scientific literature through class presentations, discussions and take home assignments. Additionally, students will gain experience in developing and testing hypotheses within the class topic areas. Fall. Cr. 3. Syllabus


      • BCHM 69800 Research M.S. Thesis.

        • BCHM 69900 Research Ph.D. Thesis.