Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology Major (B.S.)

http://colsa.unh.edu/mcbs/bmcb/biochemistry-molecular-and-cellular-biology-bs

Students in the Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology (BMCB) major take eight Foundation courses, four Bioscience Core courses, five BMCB Core courses, and three Major Elective courses. One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. In addition, all other University academic requirements must be completed, including those for the Discovery Program and the University Writing Requirement.

For students interested in biophysics and biochemistry research careers, more rigorous training in math and physics is recommended (see footnotes in requirements list).

A minimum grade of C-minus or above must be earned in all courses offered by the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

Foundation Core Courses

CHEM 403General Chemistry I 14
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 547
CHEM 549
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHEM 548
CHEM 550
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences 2, 34
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I 34
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I 44
PHYS 402Introduction to Physics II 44
1

Fulfills the Physical Science Discovery requirement

2

Fulfills Quantitative Reasoning Discovery requirement

3

 MATH 425 and MATH 426 can be substituted for MATH 424B and BIOL 528

4

 PHYS 407 and PHYS 408 can be substituted for PHYS 401 and PHYS 402

Bioscience Core Courses

BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 54
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology4
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
5

BIOL 411 fulfills the Biological Science Discovery requirement, Discovery Laboratory requirement, and the Discovery Inquiry requirement

BMCB Core Courses

BMCB 401Professional Perspectives in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology1
BMCB 605Eukaryotic Cell and Developmental Biology4
BMCB 751Principles of Biochemistry4
BMCB 752Principles of Biochemistry4
GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes4-5
or GEN 771 Molecular Genetics

BMCB Major Electives

A total of three unique major electives is required: one Laboratory Techniques course and two Major Elective courses.

 Laboratory Techniques Courses (Pick one)

BMCB 753Cell Culture5
BMCB 754Molecular Biology Research Methods5
BMCB 755Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology5

Bioscience Major Electives (Pick two)

BMCB 750Physical Biochemistry3
BMCB 753Cell Culture 65
BMCB 754Molecular Biology Research Methods 65
BMCB 755Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 65
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4
BMCB 783Proteomics for Biological Discoveries4
BMCB 794Protein Structure and Function4
ANSC 701Physiology of Reproduction4
ANSC 715Physiology of Lactation4
BMS 702Endocrinology4
BMS 704Pathologic Basis of Disease4
BMS 705
BMS 715
Immunology
and Immunology Laboratory
5
BMS 706
BMS 708
Virology
and Virology Laboratory
5
BMS 718Mammalian Physiology4
CHEM 755Advanced Organic Chemistry3
GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes 65
GEN 706Human Genetics4
GEN 711Genomics and Bioinformatics4
GEN 713Microbial Ecology and Evolution4
GEN 715Molecular Evolution4
GEN 717Molecular Microbiology5
GEN 771Molecular Genetics 64
NUTR 750Nutritional Biochemistry4
PSYC 731Brain and Behavior4
ZOOL 777Neurobiology and Behavior4
6

 If course was used to fulfill BMCB Core or Laboratory Technique requirement, course cannot count as Bioscience Major Elective.

Approved BMCB Capstone Courses

The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning. The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, or other special student activity).

BMCB 750Physical Biochemistry3
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4
BMCB 783Proteomics for Biological Discoveries4
BMCB 794Protein Structure and Function4
BMCB 795Investigations in Molecular and Cellular Biology (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMCB 795WInvestigations in Molecular and Cellular Biology (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMCB 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMS 799HSenior Honors Thesis1-4
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience (4-credit minimum)1-4

 For a Capstone experience not listed above, such as an internship, submit a Capstone Approval form prior to beginning the experience.

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BMCB 401 Professional Perspectives in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology 1
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Spring
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 547
CHEM 549
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
PHYS 401 Introduction to Physics I 4
 Credits18
Spring
CHEM 548
CHEM 550
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
PHYS 402 Introduction to Physics II 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Third Year
Fall
BMCB 751 Principles of Biochemistry 4
BMCB Core or Lab Techniques course 4-5
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits16-17
Spring
BMCB 605 Eukaryotic Cell and Developmental Biology 4
BMCB 752 Principles of Biochemistry 4
BMCB Core or Lab Techniques course 4-5
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16-17
Fourth Year
Fall
Major Elective (possible Capstone) 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits16
Spring
Elective (any course) 4-5
Major Elective 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits12-13
 Total Credits128-131