Course Work

Course Requirements: Students complete the following courses in chemical biology.  Students are also required to take ethics training and one elective course outside their home department.

An introductory course: BIOL 807: Graduate Molecular Biosciences, CHEM 760: Introduction to Chemistry in Biology, MDCM 710: Chemistry of Drug Action, or PHCH 862: Pharmaceutical Equilibria

BIOL 860/ CHEM 860/ MDCM 860/ PHCH 860: Principles and Practice of Chemical Biology.  (3 hours, lecture) A survey of topics investigated by chemical biology methods including: transcription and translation, cell signaling, genetic and genomics, biochemical pathways, macromolecular structure, and the biosynthesis of peptides, carbohydrates, natural products, and nucleic acids.  Concepts of thermodynamics and kinetics, bioconjugations and bioorthogonal chemistry will also be presented​.  Prerequisite: BIOL 807 or CHEM 760 or MDCM 766 or PHCM 862 or permission of instructor.

BIOL 816/ CHEM 816/ MDCM 816/ PHCH 816: Careers in Chemical Biology.  (1 hour, seminar; taken 4 semesters).  Advanced course examining current research topics in chemical biology. An emphasis will be placed on career options open to PhD scientists in Chemical Biology, and preparation for the different career paths.  Extensive student/faculty interaction is emphasized utilizing lectures, class discussion of assigned readings of research reports, and oral presentations.  Prerequisite: Concurrent or previous enrollment in BIOL 860/ CHEM 860/ MDCM 860/ PHCH 860 or permission of instructor.

Ethics Training: BIOL 804: Scientific Integrity, CHEM 700: Responsible Scholarship in the Chemical Sciences, MDCM 801: Issues in Scientific Integrity, or PHCH 804: Issues in Scientific Integrity

An elective in chemical biology: course must be in outside the student's home department.  A partial list is below.  The elective course should be approved by the program directors.

BIOL 570 Biostatistics
BIOL 688 Molecular Biology of Cancer
BIOL 754 Brain Diseases & Neurological Disorders
BIOL 757 Carcinogenesis & Cancer Biology
BIOL 812 Mechanisms of Host-Parasite Relationships
BIOL 918 Modern Biochemical and Biophysical Methods
CHEM 740 Principles of Organic Reactions
CHEM 750 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
CHEM 840 Physical Organic Chemistry
CHEM 854 Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics
MDCM 775 Chemistry of the Nervous System 
MDCM 785 Natural Products of Medical Significance
MDCM 790 Chemistry of Drug Action 2
PHCH 626 Biopharmaceutics & Drug Delivery
PHCH 725 Molecular Cellular Biology

 

Course Descriptions

 


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