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Studying Biochemistry at Regis

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry is offered by the Department of Chemistry and is designed to prepare students for graduate or medical school and/or employment in the biotechnology industry.
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B.S. in Biochemistry

Degree Overview

The Bachelor of Science with majors in Biochemistry and ACS-approved Biochemistry are offered by the Department of Chemistry. These programs are designed for students who are interested in this sub-discipline of chemistry and would like to combine their biochemistry degree with either a minor or major in biology. A minor in biology is a requirement for the degree.

These degree programs are designed to prepare students for graduate or medical school and/or employment in the biotechnology industry. The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree requires 21 upper division hours in chemistry and 12 upper division hours in Biology. This program follows the curriculum guidelines recommended by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree with ACS certification follows the guidelines established by the American Chemical Society (ACS) as well as the ASMBM.

The Biochemistry programs are designed for students who are interested in an integrated Chemistry/Biology curriculum that brings together the study of the following: fundamental chemical principles; biophysical and structural chemistry of biomolecules with an emphasis on proteins and nucleic acids; new DNA cloning and gene modeling and computational biochemistry; and advanced topics in biology such as genetics, microbiology and immunology.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Regis College: Core Requirements

Economics

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(3-6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: EC 200 - Intro to the American Economy
Group 2: EC 320 - Principles of Macroeconomics
and
EC 330 - Principles of Microeconomics

EN 250 - Literature Matters

Introduces the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and drama, with an emphasis on works that have had a profound influence on our world. Students will write a series of analytical essays, including at least one research essay.

Pre-requisite: TAKE RCC*200

Fine Arts

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours of Fine Arts
from the following courses:
any 200-level FAC course, FAHS 211, FAHS 212

Foreign Language

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(6-8SH)
Take two classes in one language

Foundational

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(6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: RCC 200 - Writing Analytically (Fall)
Communicative Intensive (Spring)
Group 2: Commitment Program Students
RCC 200A - Writing Analytically A (Fall)
RCC 200B - Writing Analytically B (Spring)
Group 3: Honors Program Students
RCC 200H - Honors Writing Seminar (Fall)
RCC 300H - Honors Trad & Innovation (Spring)

History

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(3SH)
Three (3) credits from any 200-level History course

Integrative

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(12SH)
Take all of the following courses:
RCC 400D (Group 1), RCC 410E (Group 2),
RCC 420J (Group 3), RCC 430M (Group 4)

Mathematics

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(3-4SH)
Take one of the following Mathematics course:
MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, MT 270C, MT 272, MT 272C
MT 360A, MT 360B

Natural Science

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(4SH)
Take one Natural Science course (Group 1) with the
accompanying lab (Group 2).
Eligible courses include:
BL( 204/5E-W, 208/9, 216/17, 260/1, 262/3), ENVS 250/1,
GE 208/9, PH (202A, 205A, 304A, 305A),
AS 250/1 (Non-Science majors),
NS 260/1 (cannot be counted for Psychology Majors)

Philosophy

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(3SH)
Take one of the following Philosophy courses:
PL 270, PL 270C, PL 270H, PL 270P

Public Speaking

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(3SH)
Speech Communication

Religious Studies

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(3SH)
Any 300 level RT course

RT 201 - Religion and the Human Quest

Considering human existence in relation to the sacred and drawing on Eastern and Western religious traditions, this course explores religious perspectives on human questions about life, suffering, goodness, and ultimacy.

Cross listing(s): RT 201C.

Social Science

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours from the following course list
ED 204, POL 215, POL 231, POL 241, PY 250, PY 250C, PY 250H,
SO 200, SO 200C, SO 203, AN/SO 204, PJ 200

RC: Biochemistry Major-Lower Division

BL 260 - Principles of Bio: Molecular & Cellular

Introduces students to natural science, particularly the hypothesis testing and data analysis used in contemporary molecular and cellular biology. Develops student knowledge of the terms and concepts of cell biology, genetics and molecular biology. Highlights social and ethical issues. NOTE: Designed for Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Studies, and Neuroscience majors, as well as for pre-medical and other pre-health-science students. This course has been approved to satisfy the core natural science with laboratory requirement when taken with BL 261 or BL 261H. Offered every Spring Semester. Corequisite(s): BL 261 or BL 261H.

BL 261 - Molecular/Cellular Biology Laboratory

Introduces students to scientific study design, primary literature, basic laboratory skills, data interpretation, and presentation of scientific results. Involves exercises reinforcing lecture content and includes work with recombinant DNA. NOTE: One three-hour laboratory per week. Co-requisite(s): BL 260 except for students with AP high school credit for BL 260.

BL 262 - Principles of Biology: Organismic

Introduces students to natural science, particularly the hypothesis testing and data analysis used in contemporary organismic biology. Develops student knowledge of the terms and concepts of ecology, evolution, and biodiversity. Highlights social and ethical issues.

BL 263 - Organismic Biology Laboratory

Introduces students to scientific study design, primary literature, basic laboratory skills, data interpretation, and presentation of scientific results. Involves exercises reinforcing lecture content. Includes dissection of representative organisms and fieldwork.

CH 210 - General Chemistry I

Introduces chemical and physical properties of matter, atomic structure, stoichiometry, periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, thermodynamics and aqueous chemistry.

CH 211 - General Chemistry I Lab

Introduces fundamental laboratory techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy and acid/base chemistry.

CH 230 - Principles of Chemistry II

Continuation of CH 210. Examines the following fundamental chemical principles: equilibrium theory; acid-based chemistry; chemical kinetics; thermodynamics; and electrochemistry. Additional special topics may include transition metal chemistry, the chemistry of new materials, nuclear chemistry, and geochemistry.

Pre-requisite: CH*210

CH 231 - Principles of Chemistry II Lab

A continuation of fundamental lab techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy, and acid/base chemistry.

Pre-requisite: CH*211

CH 250 - Organic Chemistry I

Studies the molecular structure of organic compounds, their functional groups, physical properties, and the relationship between structure and reactivity. Introduces the principles of reaction thermodynamics and kinetics.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*230 AND CH*231;

CH 251 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

Investigates techniques used to separate, purify and identify organic compounds. Laboratory fee required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*230 AND CH*231;

MT 360A - Calculus I

Treats standard topics of single variable calculus including limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, and elements of integration.

MT 360B - Calculus II

Continues treatment of single variable calculus including definite and indefinite integrals, applications of integrals, transcendental functions, techniques of integration and infinite series.

Pre-requisite: MT*360A

PH 304A - General Physics with Calculus I

Discusses fundamental concepts of motion, including Newton's Laws and the conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Focuses on the development of quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills.

Pre-requisite: MT*360A

PH 304B - Gen Physics with Calculus II

A continuation of PH 304A,focusing on electricity, magnetism, and waves. Includes an introduction to quantum mechanics.

Pre-requisite: PH*304A

PH 305A - General Physics with Calculus I

Compliments PH 304A, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.

PH 305B - General Physics Lab with Calculus II

Compliments PH 304B, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.

RC: Biochemistry Major-Upper Division

BL 426 - Molecular Biology

Develops student knowledge of genome structure, replication, expression and regulation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Generally introduces students to bioinformatics and biotechnology applications of molecular biology.

Pre-requisite: BL*260 BL*262 CH*250

BL 427 - Molecular Biology Laboratory

Laboratory course emphasizing techniques of molecular biology using model organisms.

Pre-requisite: TAKE BL*261, BL*263 AND CH*251;

CH 420 - Organic Chemistry II

Comprehensive survey of organic chemical reactions and their mechanisms. Covers spectroscopic techniques including NMR, IR, and MS. Introduces biomolecules such as peptides, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Includes multi-step organic synthesis.

Pre-requisite: CH*250

CH 421 - Organic Chemistry II Lab

Synthesis of selected organic compounds and identification by spectroscopic methods. Includes multi-step organic synthesis.

Pre-requisite: CH*251

CH 424 - Analytical Chemistry

Emphasizes the principles and methodologies of modern chemical analysis, including aqueous equilibria, electrochemistry and chromatography.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*420 CH*421;

CH 426 - Quantitative Analytical Laboratory

A laboratory-based course covering the theory and practice of modern analytical chemistry. Emphasis is placed on contemporary instrumental techniques, especially spectroscopic and chromatographic methods of chemical analysis.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*420 CH*421;

CH 430A - Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Formal development of classical thermodynamics with applications to chemical equilibria, phase equilibria, active and passive ion transport across cell membranes, and protein folding; application of kinetic molecular theory to gas-phase chemical reactions.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B CH*230 MT*360B;

CH 452A - Biochemistry I

Introduces the structure and function of proteins. Includes an in depth study of enzyme kinetics and specificity, the thermodynamics of biological systems and introduces metabolic processes.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*420;

Cross listing(s): BL 452A.

CH 452B - Biochemistry II

Surveys metabolism and regulation, including glycolysis, electron transport, photosynthesis and oxidative phosphorylation. Includes fatty acid breakdown, lipid biosyntheses, nucleic acid structure and molecular evolution.

Pre-requisite: CH*452A

Cross listing(s): BL 452B.

CH 453 - Biochemistry Laboratory

Introduces fundamental biochemical techniques and instrumentation, including the isolation and purification of biomolecules, three dimensional modeling and biophysical experiments.

Pre-requisite: CH*452A

CH 495 - Senior Chemistry Seminar

Addresses advances in analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Requirements may include literature search, oral presentations and written exams and papers.

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as subject related courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

BL 260 Principles of Bio: Molecular & Cellular (3.00)

Introduces students to natural science, particularly the hypothesis testing and data analysis used in contemporary molecular and cellular biology. Develops student knowledge of the terms and concepts of cell biology, genetics and molecular biology. Highlights social and ethical issues. NOTE: Designed for Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Studies, and Neuroscience majors, as well as for pre-medical and other pre-health-science students. This course has been approved to satisfy the core natural science with laboratory requirement when taken with BL 261 or BL 261H. Offered every Spring Semester. Corequisite(s): BL 261 or BL 261H.

BL 261 Molecular/Cellular Biology Laboratory (1.00)

Introduces students to scientific study design, primary literature, basic laboratory skills, data interpretation, and presentation of scientific results. Involves exercises reinforcing lecture content and includes work with recombinant DNA. NOTE: One three-hour laboratory per week. Co-requisite(s): BL 260 except for students with AP high school credit for BL 260.

BL 261H Honors Molecular/Cellular Bio Lab/Sem (2.00)

Introduces students to scientific study design, primary literature, basic laboratory skills, data interpretation, and presentation of scientific results. Involves exercises reinforcing lecture content and includes work with recombinant DNA. Seminar readings explore topics in greater depth and link biological topics to broader academic themes. NOTE: Students with AP credit are not required to take BL 260 as a co-requisite. One three-hour laboratory and one seminar session per week. Honors students only or permission of instructor. Co-requisite(s): BL 260 except for students with AP high school credit for BL 260.

BL 262 Principles of Biology: Organismic (3.00)

Introduces students to natural science, particularly the hypothesis testing and data analysis used in contemporary organismic biology. Develops student knowledge of the terms and concepts of ecology, evolution, and biodiversity. Highlights social and ethical issues.

BL 263 Organismic Biology Laboratory (1.00)

Introduces students to scientific study design, primary literature, basic laboratory skills, data interpretation, and presentation of scientific results. Involves exercises reinforcing lecture content. Includes dissection of representative organisms and fieldwork.

BL 263H Honors Organismic Bio Lab/Seminar (2.00)

Introduces students to scientific study design, primary literature, basic laboratory skills, data interpretation, and presentation of scientific results. Involves exercises reinforcing lecture content. Includes dissection of representative organisms and fieldwork. Seminar explores broader academic themes.

BL 412 Developmental Biology (3.00)

Focuses on early development in a variety of model organisms and humans. Emphasizes modern approaches to explain molecular and genetic aspects of regulative and mosaic development, differential gene expression, and morphogenesis.

Pre-requisite: BL*260 AND BL*262

BL 414 Principles of Genetics (3.00)

Explores concepts of heredity, including the structure, replication, transmission and expression of genes from the DNA of chromosomes. Interprets genetic phenomena at different levels of organization, including prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. NOTE: Required for all Biology majors.

Pre-requisite: BL*260 AND BL*262

BL 414H Honors Genetics Seminar (1.00)

Develops student understanding of the historic development, social context, and primary literature of genetics via discussion of readings in a seminar format. Honors students only or permission of instructor.

Pre-requisite: BL*260 AND BL*262

BL 415 Genetics Laboratory (1.00)

Involves research design and the collection, evaluation, and analysis of genetic data in computer simulations and in the laboratory.

Pre-requisite: BL*261 BL*263

BL 418 Microbiology (3.00)

Studies viruses, bacteria, archae and eukaryotic microorganisms within a broad biological perspective. Includes the growth, metabolism, genetics and ecology of microbes. Introduces concepts of immunology, epidemiology and discusses major infectious diseases caused by microorganisms

Pre-requisite: BL*260 BL*262 CH*210

BL 424 Cell and Cancer Biology (3.00)

Develops an understanding of eukaryotic cell structure and function at the molecular level. Focuses on normal and abnormal signaling, signal transduction, cell-cycle control, metabolism, and genetic regulation in understanding cancer. Includes cancer detection, prevention, and treatment.

Pre-requisite: BL*260 AND BL*262 AND CH*250

BL 426 Molecular Biology (3.00)

Develops student knowledge of genome structure, replication, expression and regulation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Generally introduces students to bioinformatics and biotechnology applications of molecular biology.

Pre-requisite: BL*260 BL*262 CH*250

BL 427 Molecular Biology Laboratory (1.00)

Laboratory course emphasizing techniques of molecular biology using model organisms.

Pre-requisite: TAKE BL*261, BL*263 AND CH*251;

BL 466 Immunology (3.00)

Explores the human immune system and immunopathology by presenting concepts of the activation and regulation of the immune response.

Pre-requisite: TAKE BL*260 BL*262 CH*230;

CH 204 Drugs of Use and Abuse (3.00)

Provides an introductory survey of general, organic, and biological chemistry principles as they relate to prescribed, over-the-counter, and recreational drugs. Specific topics may vary each semester.

CH 205 Drugs of Use and Abuse Lab (1.00)

Involves laboratory exercises accompanying and reinforcing CH 204 lecture topics, including observations, demonstrations, and student experimentation.

CH 210 General Chemistry I (4.00)

Introduces chemical and physical properties of matter, atomic structure, stoichiometry, periodicity, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, thermodynamics and aqueous chemistry.

CH 211 General Chemistry I Lab (1.00)

Introduces fundamental laboratory techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy and acid/base chemistry.

CH 221 Honors Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1.00)

Inquiry based examination of fundamental chemical concepts in context of their impact on research, humanity and the environment using modern laboratory techniques and instrumentation. NOTE: Minimum score of 28 on the math ACT or permission of the instructor required.

CH 230 Principles of Chemistry II (4.00)

Continuation of CH 210. Examines the following fundamental chemical principles: equilibrium theory; acid-based chemistry; chemical kinetics; thermodynamics; and electrochemistry. Additional special topics may include transition metal chemistry, the chemistry of new materials, nuclear chemistry, and geochemistry.

Pre-requisite: CH*210

CH 231 Principles of Chemistry II Lab (1.00)

A continuation of fundamental lab techniques including chromatography, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy, and acid/base chemistry.

Pre-requisite: CH*211

CH 250 Organic Chemistry I (4.00)

Studies the molecular structure of organic compounds, their functional groups, physical properties, and the relationship between structure and reactivity. Introduces the principles of reaction thermodynamics and kinetics.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*230 AND CH*231;

CH 251 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1.00)

Investigates techniques used to separate, purify and identify organic compounds. Laboratory fee required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*230 AND CH*231;

CH 420 Organic Chemistry II (3.00)

Comprehensive survey of organic chemical reactions and their mechanisms. Covers spectroscopic techniques including NMR, IR, and MS. Introduces biomolecules such as peptides, carbohydrates, lipids, and nucleic acids. Includes multi-step organic synthesis.

Pre-requisite: CH*250

CH 421 Organic Chemistry II Lab (2.00)

Synthesis of selected organic compounds and identification by spectroscopic methods. Includes multi-step organic synthesis.

Pre-requisite: CH*251

CH 424 Analytical Chemistry (3.00)

Emphasizes the principles and methodologies of modern chemical analysis, including aqueous equilibria, electrochemistry and chromatography.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*420 CH*421;

CH 426 Quantitative Analytical Laboratory (2.00)

A laboratory-based course covering the theory and practice of modern analytical chemistry. Emphasis is placed on contemporary instrumental techniques, especially spectroscopic and chromatographic methods of chemical analysis.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*420 CH*421;

CH 430A Thermodynamics and Kinetics (3.00)

Formal development of classical thermodynamics with applications to chemical equilibria, phase equilibria, active and passive ion transport across cell membranes, and protein folding; application of kinetic molecular theory to gas-phase chemical reactions.

Pre-requisite: TAKE PH*304B CH*230 MT*360B;

CH 452A Biochemistry I (3.00)

Introduces the structure and function of proteins. Includes an in depth study of enzyme kinetics and specificity, the thermodynamics of biological systems and introduces metabolic processes.

Pre-requisite: TAKE CH*420;

Cross listing(s): BL 452A.

CH 452B Biochemistry II (3.00)

Surveys metabolism and regulation, including glycolysis, electron transport, photosynthesis and oxidative phosphorylation. Includes fatty acid breakdown, lipid biosyntheses, nucleic acid structure and molecular evolution.

Pre-requisite: CH*452A

Cross listing(s): BL 452B.

CH 453 Biochemistry Laboratory (2.00)

Introduces fundamental biochemical techniques and instrumentation, including the isolation and purification of biomolecules, three dimensional modeling and biophysical experiments.

Pre-requisite: CH*452A

CH 466 Modern Inorganic Chemistry (3.00)

Surveys the chemistry of metals and their compounds. Topics include advanced concepts in periodic behavior, the study of bonding models used for transition metals and their complexes; the symmetry of and spectroscopic characterization of transition metal complexes; and the kinetic and mechanisms of transition metal complex reactions. Additional topics may include metals in biological systems and medicine; geochemistry; the chemistry of modern materials; and organometallic compounds as catalysts.

Pre-requisite: CH*420 AND CH*421

CH 495 Senior Chemistry Seminar (1.00)

Addresses advances in analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Requirements may include literature search, oral presentations and written exams and papers.

MT 360A Calculus I (4.00)

Treats standard topics of single variable calculus including limits, continuity, derivatives, applications of derivatives, and elements of integration.

MT 360B Calculus II (4.00)

Continues treatment of single variable calculus including definite and indefinite integrals, applications of integrals, transcendental functions, techniques of integration and infinite series.

Pre-requisite: MT*360A

PH 304A General Physics with Calculus I (3.00)

Discusses fundamental concepts of motion, including Newton's Laws and the conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Focuses on the development of quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills.

Pre-requisite: MT*360A

PH 304B Gen Physics with Calculus II (3.00)

A continuation of PH 304A,focusing on electricity, magnetism, and waves. Includes an introduction to quantum mechanics.

Pre-requisite: PH*304A

PH 305A General Physics with Calculus I (1.00)

Compliments PH 304A, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.

PH 305B General Physics Lab with Calculus II (1.00)

Compliments PH 304B, providing practical, hands-on experience primarily with experiments related to mechanics.

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