Through the academic program in biochemistry and molecular biology, students gain a thorough grounding in biological and chemical principles, especially as applied to this interdisciplinary field. 

  • BIO-110   INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY I                                                           4

An integrated study of biological form and function as they relate to ecology, evolution and genetics. Inquiry-based approaches to problem solving in science.

    3 LEC, 1 LAB

  • BIO-111   INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY II                                                          4

An integrated study of biological form and function using one or more current problems such as addiction and cancer as a central theme. Molecular, cellular and organismal biology and the relationship of biological issues to science and society.

    3 LEC, 1 LAB

    Prerequisite: BIO-110

  • BIO-201   MICROBIOLOGY                                                                        4

Cell biology, metabolism, genetics and phylogeny of bacteria and archaea. Introduction to eukaryotic microbes and viruses. Principles of pathogenesis, immunology and environmental microbiology. Applications in biotechnology, medicine and industry. Individual laboratory project and use of representative literature in the discipline.

    3 LEC, 1 LAB

            Prerequisite: BIO-110 and BIO-111

  • BIO-216   MOLECULAR BIOLOGY                                                               4

Genes and their activities at the molecular level in viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Mechanisms of gene expression and regulation in health and disease. Advanced topics in genetic engineering and biotechnology. Emphasis on experimental strategies and data analysis.

             3 LEC, 1 LAB

             Prerequisite: BIO-110 and BIO-111

  • BIO-220   GENETICS                                                                                4

Structure, function, regulation and transmission of hereditary materials in viruses, prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

             3 LEC, 1 LAB

             Prerequisite: BIO-110 and BIO-111

  • BIO-260   BIOINFORMATICS                                                                     4

An introduction to the theory and practice of bioinformatics and computational biology. Laboratory includes original research of new genomes, including sequence annotation and sequence improvement. Topics include: the analysis of genome sequences, comparative genomics, gene expression arrays, and proteomics.

             Prerequisite: BIO-110 and 111; a math course MAT-115 or higher              

  • BIO-280   BIOCHEMISTRY I                                                                       4

Fundamentals of biochemistry, including structure and function of biomolecules, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, catabolic and anabolic pathways, signal transduction and regulation of biochemical processes. Fundamental biochemical laboratory techniques including spectroscopy, enzymology, chromatographic separations, and electrophoresis.

             3 LEC, 1 LAB

             Prerequisite: CHE-240 and CHE-240L; For biology majors only: BIO-110 and 111

             (Cross-listed with CHE-280)

  • BIO-309   CELLS AND TISSUES                                                                 4

Structure and function of eukaryotic cells as entities and as components of tissues. Laboratory to include the study of cell and tissue types using standard and advanced microscopic methods and microtechnique.

             3 LEC, 1 LAB

             Prerequisite: BIO-110, BIO-111, and one 200-level BIO course

  • BIO-317   IMMUNOLOGY                                                                           4

Study of mammalian immune system at cellular and molecular level. Topics include: recognition of antigen, development of lymphocyte repertoire, innate and adaptive immune responses and immune disorders such as autoimmunity and immunodeficiency.

             3 LEC, 1 LAB

             Prerequisites: BIO-110, BIO-111, and one 200-level BIO course; BIO-216 or 220 recommended

  • BIO-318   DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY                                                        4

Morphological patterns and developmental mechanisms in the ontogeny of animals. The role of development in the evolution of animal forms. Emphasis on classical vertebrate and invertebrate models.

             3 LEC, 1 LAB

             Prerequisite: BIO-110, BIO-111, and one 200-level BIO course

  • CHE-150  INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY                                                 3

This course delves into the world of atoms and molecules in order to study the structure of matter and the changes it undergoes. The course will provide an introduction to the field of chemistry. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, stoichiometry, acids and bases, enthalpy, and equilibrium. In addition, contemporary problems and applications of these topics may be explored. Examples may include atomic and molecular structure relevant to the design of new material such as memory metals; stoichiometry as a means of achieving green chemistry; acids and bases in the context of biochemical and environmental reactions; enthalpy in the context of energy generating fuels; and equilibrium and its role in energy storing batteries.


This lab course focuses on the experimental methods in basic scientific measurements, elementary reactions and analysis arranged around a theme such as forensics or the environment.

    Corequisite: CHE-150


This foundation course focuses on introductory aspects of inorganic and physical chemistry. Topics may include fundamental chemical reactions, nuclear structure and radioactivity, molecular shapes, trends as seen in the periodic table, equilibrium, gas laws, molecular collision theory, the laws of thermodynamics, phases, reaction rates and reaction mechanisms. To illustrate the role of chemistry in fundamental physical and chemical behaviors, examples are chosen from a variety of areas including environmental, medical, and forensic applications.

    Prerequisite: CHE-150; CHE-150L (minimum grade of C- in each)

    Corequisite: CHE-220L (unless taking the course for second science req.)

  • CHE-220L FOUNDATIONS OF INORGANIC AND PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY                                                  1

Labs introduce students to the analysis and interpretation of observations. This course will also illustrate fundamental principals of chemistry including: reactivity of main group and transition metals; bonding and its relation to behavior; solution behavior; gas laws; heat capacity and enthalpy changes; and kinetics of reactions.

    Prerequisite: CHE-150; CHE-150L (minimum grade of C- in each)              

    Corequisite: CHE-220

  • CHE-240 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I                                                              3

The systematic study of the chemistry of organic compounds with emphasis on theories of structure and reactivity. Specific topics include basic organic molecular structure and bonding, isomerism, stereochemistry, molecular energetics, substitution and elimination reactions, and reactions of biologically relevant functional groups.

    Prerequisite: CHE-150 and CHE-150L

    Corequisite: CHE-240L

  • CHE-240L ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY                                          1

Introduction to fundamental experimental techniques of carbon‐based molecules, including organic synthesis, purification and separation techniques, and theory and interpretation of infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

    Corequisite: CHE-240

  • CHE-280  INTRODUCTION TO BIOCHEMISTRY                                            4

Fundamentals of biochemistry, including structure and function of biomolecules, enzyme kinetics, bioenergetics, catabolic and anabolic pathways and regulation of biochemical processes. Fundamental biochemical laboratory techniques including spectroscopy, enzymology, chromatographic separations, and protein detection methods.

    3 LEC, 1 LAB                                                                                

    Prerequisite: CHE-240 and CHE-240L

    (Cross-listed with BIO-280)

  • CHE-340  ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II                                                            3

This course is a continuation of Chemistry 240 and it continues the systematic study of the principal functional groups in organic compounds. Specific topics include the theory and chemical reactivity of conjugated and aromatic systems, the fundamentals of organic synthesis, and reactions of biologically relevant functional groups.

    Prerequisite: CHE-240 and CHE-240L

    Corequisite: CHE-345

  • CHE-350 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY III                                                            4

The organic chemistry of drug design, development, and mechanisms of action, including the study of synthetic routes to commonly prescribed drugs and their biological activities and properties.

    Prerequisite: CHE-240 and CHE-240L

  • CHE-380 ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY                                                         4

Analysis of advanced experimental techniques and research in biochemistry. Subjects include signal transduction, lipid metabolism, clinical chemistry, and proteomic and genomic techniques. Students will analyze and present examples of primary biochemical literature and develop skills in the assessment of experimental data. A project-based laboratory component is included in the course.

    Prerequisites: CHE-280

  • MAT-118  CALCULUS I                                                                              4

Introduction to the basic concepts of differential and integral calculus, emphasizing conceptual understanding and applications. Topics are covered from a graphical, algebraic and numerical perspective. Mathematical writing is emphasized. A graphing calculator is required for this course.

  • MAT-119  CALCULUS II                                                                            4

Continuation of 118. Topics include the integral and its applications, techniques of integration, improper integrals and an introduction to series and differential equations. A graphing calculator is required for this course.

   Prerequisite: MAT-118 with a grade of C- or better

  • PHY-202   INTRO PHYSICS I: MECHANICS                                                  4

 A calculus-based course with laboratory covering Newtonian mechanics, oscillations, and other classical physics topics. Credit cannot be received for both PHY-102 and PHY 202.

    3 LEC, 1 LAB

            Prerequisite: MAT-118

            Prerequisite or Corequisite: MAT-119