Houston Baptist University Catalog

Biochemistry - Molecular Biology (BCMB) Course Descriptions


BCMB 3414 Microbiology
Prerequisite: BIOL 2454, 2455, and 3301
This course is a general survey of the microorganisms and includes the morphology, physiology, and control of the organisms most important to humans. The microbiology of soil, food, water, and disease will be considered. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. (Also offered as BIOL 3414.)

BCMB 4111 Bioanalytical Methods
Prerequisites: twenty hours of biology at 2000 and above level, CHEM 2415, 2416, 3131, 3132, 3313, 3333, and completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 4373.
This course is senior level course which exposes students to the principles and experimental techniques underlying common bioanalytical methods such as cell fractionation, radiolabeling, protein purification, protein and DNA sequencing, immunochemistry, and spectrophotometry, all of which are widely used in research pertaining to the biological and biochemical sciences.

BCMB 4181, 4281, 4381, 4481 Special Topics
Prerequisites: BIOL 2454, 2455, and 3301
Topics are selected on basis of students¿ needs and academic qualifications of staff. This will include such topics as microbial techniques, membrane biology, enzymology, etc. Laboratory may or may not be included. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

BCMB 4272, Integrating Biological Concepts
Prerequisite(s): Biology Core courses (BIOL 2454, 2455, 3301, 3414, and 3444)
This course will integrate the knowledge, theories, and skills expected of a Biologist. Topics will encompass and reinforce the material found in the courses of the Biology Core.

BCMB 4281 Special Topics
Prerequisites: BIOL 2473, 2474, and 2475.
Topics are selected on basis on students' needs anda academic qualifications of staff. Htis will include such topics as microbial techniques, membrane biology, enzymoloyg, etc. Laboratory may or may not be included. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

BCMB 4291 SENIOR SEMINAR
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

BCMB 4292 Bioinformatics
Prerequisite: Note 9 under Undergraduate Degree Requirements; 80 Hours, 19 hours in biology at 2000 and above level, including at least one course from the following: BIOL 3414, 4424, 4444, or 4464.
This course is designed to provide the advanced Biochemistry/Molecular Biology (BCMB) undergraduate student with the ability to use search engines commonly employed in the study of genomics and proteonomics. Students will learn to interpret, compare, and analyze sequence information and associate genetic and protein sequences with three dimensional structures. Search engines including BLAST, ENTREZ, and OMIM and sequence management software such as CLUSTALW will be introduced in instructor-led tutorials and will be reinforced with homework assignments that require their use. Ultimately students will use these tools in a research project. They will present their result to their peers in the form of an oral presentation of a scientific poster.

BCMB 4294 Cell Culture Techniques
Prerequisites: Note 9 under Undergraduate Degree Requirements; 19 hours in biology, including at least one course from the following BCMB 3414, 4424, 4444, or 4464
This course will introduce students to the sterile techniques routinely used in the research laboratory. Techniques will include those for both bacterial and mammalian cells.

BCMB 4297, Research in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Prerequisite: BIOl 3414, 3444
Laboratory research is offered for a student majoring in Biochemistry/Molecular biology. At the conclusion of the research, a written paper will be presented to the student's seminar advisor and an oral presentation of the results will be presented. (Also offered as BIOL 4297.)

BCMB 4324 Advanced Cell Biology
Prerequisites: BIOL 2454, 2455, 3301, and 3444
This course provides an in-depth study of selected dynamic processes that occur in living cells. Topics include DNA regulation and expression of genes; DNA repair; protein synthesis and function; protein sorting; vesicular traffic; cell signaling; and control of cell division. (Also offered as BIOL 4324.)

BCMB 4363 Medical Microbiology
Prerequisites: BIOL 2454, 2455, 3301, and 3414
A study of microbial organisms that cause disease in humans. The characteristics of each pathogen are discussed along with its pathogenesis and pathology. (Also offered as BIOL 4363.)

BCMB 4375 Cancer Biology
Prerequisites: BIOL 2454, 2455, 3301, and 3414
This course examines the development of cancer at the cellular and molecular levels. Topics covered include tumor suppressors, oncogenes, cell cycle regulation, apoptosis, telomerase, angiogenesis, and metastasis. Cancer prevention, screen, diagnosis, and treatment will also be introduced.

BCMB 4181, 4281, 4381, 4481 Special Topics
Prerequisites: BIOL 2473, 2474, and 2475
Topics are selected on basis of students¿ needs and academic qualifications of staff. This will include such topics as microbial techniques, membrane biology, enzymology, etc. Laboratory may or may not be included. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.

BCMB 4424 Molecular Biology
Prerequisites: BIOL 2454, 2455, 3301, and 3444
This course presents recent developments in biotechnology and genetic engineering. Topics included are recombinant DNA; DNA cloning; DNA sequencing; polymerase chain reaction; monoclonal antibodies; genetic engineering of plants and animals; and the human genome project. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. (Also offered as BIOL 4424.)

BCMB 4444 Virology
Prerequisites: BIOL 2454, 2455, 3301, and 3444
This course is an introduction to the principles of animal virology. The classification and replicative cycles of viruses are compared to their pathogenic mechanisms. Viral oncogenes and modern anti-viral chemotherapy and immunization are discussed. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. (Also offered as BIOL 4444.)

BCMB 4464 Immunology
Prerequisites: BIOL 2454, 2455, 3301, and 3444
This course is an introductory study of the biological and clinical approaches to immunology. Discussions center on the mechanisms responsible for various clinical syndromes as well as basic immunological phenomena such as antibody diversity, T cell receptor diversity, antigen presentation, signaling across cellular receptors, and cell activation. This course includes one semester hour credit for laboratory sessions. (Also offered as BIOL 4464.)

BCMB 4181, 4281, 4381, 4481 Special Topics
Prerequisites: BIOL 2473, 2474, and 2475
Topics are selected on basis of students¿ needs and academic qualifications of staff. This will include such topics as microbial techniques, membrane biology, enzymology, etc. Laboratory may or may not be included. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included.