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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
Module Options
Students must take 6 credits.
BIOC 5535 - Introduction to Modern Structural Biology -- Diffraction (2.0 cr)
BIOC 5536 - Introduction to Modern Structural Biology - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (2.0 cr)
BIOC 8005 - Biochemistry: Structure and Catalysis (2.0 cr)
BIOC 8006 - Biochemistry: Metabolism and Control (2.0 cr)
BIOC 8007 - Molecular Biology of DNA (2.0 cr)
BIOC 8008 - Molecular Biology of RNA (2.0 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
GCD 5036 - Molecular Cell Biology (3.0 cr)
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 6xxx
BIOC 7xxx
BIOC 8xxx
 
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BIOC 5535 - Introduction to Modern Structural Biology -- Diffraction
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02551 - BioC 5535/BioC 5527
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory and practice in the determination of three-dimensional structures of macromolecules using x-ray and neutron diffraction and electron microscopy. prereq: (Introductory biochemistry, introductory physics, college calculus] or physical chemistry or instr consent
BIOC 5536 - Introduction to Modern Structural Biology - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00106 - BioC 5527BioC 5536
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory and practice in the determination of three-dimensional structures of macromolecules using NMR. prereq: [Introductory biochemistry, introductory physics, college calculus] or physical chemistry or instr consent
BIOC 8005 - Biochemistry: Structure and Catalysis
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
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.
BIOC 8006 - Biochemistry: Metabolism and Control
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Enzymology of metabolism, metabolic regulation, metabolic control and cell signaling.
BIOC 8007 - Molecular Biology of DNA
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Structure and organization of genes. Replication. Transcription. Epigenetic modification of chromatin. Genome editing. Deep sequencing.Cellular adhesion mechanisms.
BIOC 8008 - Molecular Biology of RNA
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Translation. RNA editing. Epigenetics and long non-coding RNA. MicroRNAs and RNA interference. Pre-mRNA processing.
GCD 5036 - Molecular Cell Biology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Modern, integrative approaches combining cell/molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics to investigate cell organization/function. Membranes, signaling, extracellular matrix, secretion, endocytosis, cytoskeleton, nucleus. Analysis of scientific papers to illustrate new concepts in and experimental approaches to cell organization/function. prereq: Biol 4004 or instr consent; [sr or grad student] recommended