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Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics Minor

Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, & Biophysics TCBS
Graduate School
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Contact Information
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics 6-155 Jackson Hall 321 Church St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 612-625-6100
  • Program Type: Graduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 6
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics (BMBB) program is an interdisciplinary program that is supported by the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) and the Medical School of the University of Minnesota. The program provides a broad research-based education involving faculty from BMBB as well as many faculty members from several other departments in CBS, the Medical School, the College of Science and Engineering (CSE), the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS), and the College of Veterinary Medicine. BMBB focuses on determining the molecular mechanisms that underlie basic biological functions using an integrated approach that encompasses biochemistry, chemistry, biophysics, genomics, molecular biology, proteomics, and structural biology. Special emphasis is placed on revealing how biological processes go awry in diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and AIDS. The program has four areas of emphasis: synthetic biology and biotechnology, molecular biology, metabolic and systems biology, and chemical and structural biology. All students are expected to demonstrate a minimum level of competence in these areas, but will emphasize the area most related to their thesis project.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A master's minor requires 6 credits of general graduate level coursework, which may be selected (with approval by the director of graduate studies) from the 5xxx and 8xxx courses offered by the program. A doctoral minor requires BIOC 8001 (3 cr) and BIOC 8002 (3 cr), plus additional BIOC 5xxx-level and above courses (6 cr) approved by the director of graduate studies, to meet the minimum requirement of 12 credits total. In extenuating cases, students may petition the director of graduate studies for substitution of a required course.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Doctoral
Required Courses
BIOC 8001 - Biochemistry: Structure, Catalysis, and Metabolism (3.0 cr)
BIOC 8002 - Molecular Biology and Regulation of Biological Processes (3.0 cr)
Biochemistry Elective Courses
In addition to the 6 required credits, a doctoral minor requires 6 credits of graduate-level BMBB coursework, chosen in consultation with the BMBB director of graduate studies.
BIOC 5xxx
BIOC 6xxx
BIOC 7xxx
BIOC 8xxx
Masters
Required Courses
A master's minor requires 6 credits of graduate-level BMBB coursework, chosen in consultation with the BMBB director of graduate studies.
BIOC 5xxx
BIOC 8xxx
 
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BIOC 8001 - Biochemistry: Structure, Catalysis, and Metabolism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Protein structure, methods to determine structure, protein folding, forces stabilizing macromolecular structure, protein engineering, design. Dynamic properties of proteins/enzymes, enzyme substrate complexes, mechanism of enzyme catalysis. Enzymology of metabolic regulation and cell signaling. prereq: BMBB or MCDBconcurrent registration is required (or allowed) in G grad student or instr consent
BIOC 8002 - Molecular Biology and Regulation of Biological Processes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Classical to current topics in molecular biology. Aspects of DNA, RNA, and protein biology. DNA replication, repair, and recombination. RNA transcription, editing, and regulation. Protein translation/modification. Technologies such as deep-sequencing micro-RNA and prions. prereq: [BMBB or MCDBG] grad student or instr consent