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Biochemistry Major

Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of

  1. and describe the structure-function relationships of four general classes of biomolecules: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids.
  2. kinetics and thermodynamics of life processes.
  3. the chemical basis of and how to use experimental methods to synthesize, purify, and analyze biomolecules.
  4. cellular organization and organelle structure and function.
  5. core signaling pathways and the transport and trafficking of molecules within and between cells.
  6. central metabolic pathways, including how they are interconnected and regulated.

Students will be able to

  1. critically assess primary literature.
  2. contribute positively and effectively as a member of a team while addressing a biochemical issue.
  3. understand and apply the tenets and principles of safe laboratory practice and waste handling.
  4. demonstrate proficiency in carrying out basic and advanced laboratory manipulations and use of common laboratory equipment and instruments.
  5. demonstrate proficiency in managing experimental data including thoroughly recording procedure and observations, tabulating data, and analyzing results.
  6. effectively communicate biochemistry content, both orally and in writing, to audiences with varying levels of scientific understanding.
  7. recognize and analyze ethical implications related to scientific issues in society and within their profession.