Courses

BCMB 005: INTRO MOLECULAR SCIENCES, 1 credit hr.
This is a one-hour course for students interested in studying molecular sciences to inaugurate them into the community of scientists at Drake. It will include readings about the role of science in society, development of demonstrations that correspond with general chemistry, seminar presentations, and introduction to research projects at Drake.

BCMB 099: BCMB PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 3 credit hrs.
This course is designed to assist students in science and science-related career paths as they look at potential career alternatives and then plan their curriculum, research, and experiences. It begins with career exploration then introduces some interdisciplinary basic skills (communication , business, technology) and finally explores job performance issues. It will typically involve sophomore students who are midway in their college careers. This will enable them to have a degree of maturity but still have time to make adjustments in their curricular plans. Prereq.: Sophomore standing.

BCMB 130: BIOCHEMISTRY, 3 credit hrs.

BCMB 131: BIOCHEM LAB, 1 credit hr.

BCMB 132: ADVANCED BIOCHEMISTRY, 3 credit hrs.

BCMB 133: ADVANCED BIOCHEM LAB, 1 credit hr.

BCMB 134: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.

BCMB 135: MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LAB, 1 credit hr.

BCMB 136: STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY, 3 credit hrs.

BCMB 137: ADV MOLECULAR LS LAB, 3 credit hrs.

BCMB 138: RESEARCH MENTORSHIP, 3 credit hrs.
Continuation of research project from Advanced Molecular Life Sciences Laboratory (CHEM 137, BCMB 137, BIO 195) with teaching and leadership assignments. These select students assist in class lectures,laboratory training of novice researchers and in writing and presenting research results at professional meetings. Prereq: Advanced Molecular Life Sciences Laboratory (CHEM 137, BCMB 137, BIO 195) and invitation of BCMB faculty.

BCMB 161: BIOPHYSICAL CHEMISTRY, 4 credit hrs.
The course will explore how living systems create order in a disorderly world, drive equilibria in directions dictated by immediate needs of the organism, make reactions occur so efficiently, specifically and effectively. They will explore how we observe chemical and physical properties of life's molecules (instrumental principles). They will discuss all these topics in the context of some examples that include photobiology, transport, macromolecular folding. Intended for students majoring in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology or pharmaceutical sciences. Prerequisites: at least one semester of calculus, two semesters of physics or consent of instructor.

BCMB 195: BCMB SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR, 1 credit hr.
Students in this class will read and discuss recent molecular life science articles. They will learn to read, interpret and critique research literature and integrate it with ethical and societal issues they raise. As students read the professional manuscripts, they will actively reflect upon the status of their learning over the course of their major curriculum. This self-assessment will identify whether the content and skills gained through the program curriculum, provided them with sufficient background to function as practicing scientists. This reflection will be incorporated into and complete their BCMB portfolio.

BCMB 198: BCMB INTERNSHIP, 1-12 credit hrs.
Full time off-site research experience. This typically occurs in the fall of the senior year and extends one semester. Students who are interested and qualified may choose this course to gain additional practical and technical experience in academic and industrial settings. Working with a faculty advisor and practicing professionals the student will be placed in positions appropriate to their career goals. After the completion of the course, students return to Drake for completion of the graduation requirements. Prereq.: Junior standing and approval of BCMB advisor.

BCMB 199: BCMB RESEARCH, 1-3 credit hrs.
Participation in and contribution to research programs in collaboration with individual faculty members. The research is the basis for a formal written report. Prereq. Consent of instructor and BCMB program director.

For information on biochemistry courses see the Chemistry courses page.

For more information on molecular biology courses, see the Biology courses page.

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September 22, 2016
The Drake University Chamber Choir, choirs from four Des Moines area high schools, and a professional orchestra will perform Gabriel Faure’s well-known Requiem at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.
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