Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Department Information

    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    Eugene Wu, Coordinator (Biology)

    The biochemistry and molecular biology program is an interdisciplinary program based in the biology and chemistry departments, and is jointly administered by a coordinating committee consisting of several faculty from each department. The program is designed to offer a flexible route to either the B.A. or B.S. degree and actively encourages student participation in research, which may be conducted with faculty in either department. The flexibility of the program lends itself to combination with study abroad and outreach opportunities. The major is designed to prepare students for future study in any area of the biological sciences, the health professions, or for employment in the biotechnology industry.

  • Major

    The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major

    Note: A grade of C- (1.7) or better is required in each chemistry and biology course applied toward the major.

    For the Bachelor of Arts degree

    14.75 units, including:

    BIOL 199 Introduction to Biological Thinking or BIOL 192 Science, Math and Research Training I

    BIOL 200 Integrated Biological Principles I

    BIOL 202 Integrated Biological Principles II

    BMB 300 Junior Seminar

    CHEM 141 Chemistry: Structure, Thermodynamics, and Kinetics

    CHEM 205-CHEM 206 Organic Chemistry

    CHEM 309 Physical Chemistry

    CHEM 324 Experimental Biochemistry

    CHEM 325 Experimental Biophysical Chemistry

    CHEM 326 Biochemistry

    One Macromolecular Structure and Function course, chosen from:

    BIOL 310 The Science of Poisoning

    BIOL 317 Mechanochemical Cell Biology

    BIOL 335 Structural Biology

    CHEM 329 Protein Structure, Function and Biophysics

    CHEM 333 Chemical Biology

    CHEM 342 Medicinal Chemistry

    One Gene Regulation course, chosen from:

    BIOL 307 Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology

    BIOL 312 Developmental Biology with Lab

    BIOL 313 Bacterial Pathogenesis

    BIOL 314 Molecular Biology

    BIOL 322 Cancer Biology and Tumorigenesis with Lab

    BIOL 324 Molecular Virology

    BIOL 340 Introduction to Immunology

    BIOL 342 Neurodevelopment

    BIOL 343 Neurobiology

    Two senior seminars, to include the presentation of a research topic, chosen from:

    BMB 310 Biochemistry Senior Seminar I

    BMB 311 Biochemistry Senior Seminar II

    MATH 212 Calculus II

    PHYS 127 Algebra-Based General Physics 1 with Lab or PHYS 131 Calculus-Based General Physics 1 with Lab
    One unit in physics, chosen from:

    PHYS 132 Calculus-Based General Physics 2 with Lab

    For the Bachelor of Science degree

    The above courses plus one additional approved upper level biology or chemistry elective and an approved research experience (BIOL 406 or CHEM 406 or 1 unit in BIOL 394 or BIOL 395 or CHEM 320 or CHEM 321) that culminates in a written report or poster presentation to give a total of 15-16 units.

    For either of the above degrees

    Additional upper-level elective courses in chemistry and biology are highly recommended. Students wishing to double major in biochemistry and molecular biology and either chemistry or biology are required to use upper-level electives for only one degree program or the other. Similarly, upper-level electives cannot be counted for both a major and a minor in either department. In addition, starting with the class of 2018, double majors in biochemistry and molecular biology and chemistry will not be able to double count seminar courses and will be restricted to presenting their research project only once between the two seminar programs.

  • Honors

    Honors Program

    Students are invited to participate in the biochemistry and molecular biology honors program by the program co-coordinators. A student graduating with an honors degree in biochemistry and molecular biology must fulfill the following requirements:
    • GPA 3.30 or better in 200-level and above courses in the major and 3.30 or better overall
    • Completion of 2.5 units in honors classes, which will consist of 1 upper level CHEM or BIOL course beyond the BS degree requirements and ≥1.5 units of research in the junior and senior years
    • A written thesis that is approved by the research mentor as well as one other UR faculty member typically in the sciences 
    • An oral presentation about your research project, which usually takes place as part of the capstone student seminar series

    If you have any questions related to the honors requirements for graduation, please do not hesitate to contact the BMB Program Coordinator.

Courses

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  • BMB 300 Biochemistry Junior Seminar

    Units: .25

    Description

    Regular attendance at Biology and Chemistry Departments invited speaker series as well as students presentations of selected topics in the natural sciences. Normally taken in the junior year.

    Prerequisites

    CHEM 206.

  • BMB 310 Biochemistry Senior Seminar I

    Units: .25

    Description

    Regular attendance at Biology and Chemistry Departments invited speaker series, student presentations of selected topics in the natural sciences, and one presentation given during one of the two semesters. Presentations will encompass selected topics in the natural sciences. One class hour per week.

    Prerequisites

    BMB 300, CHEM 322, or BIOL 387.

  • BMB 311 Biochemistry Senior Seminar II

    Units: .25

    Description

    Regular attendance at Biology and Chemistry Departments invited speaker series, student presentations of selected topics in the natural sciences, and one presentation given during one of the two semesters. Presentations will encompass selected topics in the natural sciences. One class hour per week.

    Prerequisites

    BMB 300, CHEM 322, or BIOL 387.