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Biochemistry and Biotechnology

Course Code
BCBT 475  Credits
Title Biotechniques: Research and Communication I 
Prerequisite BIOL 385 CHEM 415 CHEM 380 CHEM 410 BIOL 385L 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Writing Intensive Yes  
Description This course consists of both laboratory research and significant training on scientific communication. Students will work in teams to identify a faculty research mentor, prepare and present formal research proposals, design research experiments and begin a research project that will last the year. Students must have senior standing in the biotechnology emphasis, which requires the completion of each of the biotechnology core courses with a grade of C or above. 



Course Code
BCBT 476  Credits
Title Biotechniques: Research and Communication II 
Prerequisite BIOL 385 CHEM 380 CHEM 410 CHEM 415 BIOL 385L 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course consists of both laboratory research and significant training on scientific communication and is the second in a sequence for seniors in the biochemistry and biotechnology major. Students will continue to work on their research projects that were initiated in Biotechniques: Research and Communication I. Students will make oral presentations critically evaluating scientific literature, and finally prepare a poster to present the data from their research project. 



Course Code
BCBT 477  Credits
Title Biotechniques: Proteomics and Advanced Protein Expression 
Prerequisite CHEM 410 CHEM 405 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Introduction to proteomics and recombinant protein expression. Students will study advanced techniques involved in proteomics. Students will also study and work with expression of recombinant fusion proteins in bacteria or mammalian cultured cells. Includes advanced chromatography and use of automated chromatography systems including FPLC and HPLC. 



Course Code
BCBT 478  Credits
Title Biotechniques: Plant and Mammalian Tissue Culture 
Prerequisite BIOL 111 CHEM 360 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Introduction to plant and animal cell tissue culture techniques. Students will learn the basic theory of plant and cell tissue culture. Students will also work with both plant and mammalian cell cultures, transfect cell cultures and learn techniques involved in maintaining and manipulating cell cultures. 



Course Code
BCBT 479  Credits
Title Biotechniques: Advanced DNA & RNA Methodology 
Prerequisite CHEM 405 BIOL 385 BIOL 385L 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Theory and practice in advanced DNA and RNA techniques with emphasis on isolation of RNA from cells and tissues and its subsequent use in diagnostic and analytical applications. 



Course Code
BCBT 482  Credits
Title Biotechniques: Biofuels 
Prerequisite BIOL 111 CHEM 410 CHEM 415 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description An introduction to the biological concept of the growing field of Biofuels. In this section block students will learn the complex carbohydrates which make up the dynamic structure of the plant primary cell wall. They will also learn how to extract these carbohydrate moieties, conduct analytical and structural analyses, and also determine the potential energy incumbent within such carbohydrates. 



Course Code
BCBT 490  Credits 1-4 
Title Topics in Biochemistry & Biotechnology 
Prerequisite BIOL 111 CHEM 400 
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description This course will cover a variety of topics or laboratory techniques that may include advanced recombinant DNA and RNA, a short course on cell culturing, surgical techniques, advanced microscopy or other Biochemistry & Biotechniques related subjects. This course will be a combination of two or more topics depending on demand. 



Course Code
BCBT 497  Credits
Title Senior Research Thesis 
Lasc Area No Goal  
Course Outline Course Outline 
Description Research studies in all areas of biochemistry and biotechnology. A comprehensive research report is required. BCBT 497 should be taken only once.