Molecular Biology Program

Students may also select the molecular biology option within the biology major. A student seeking to complete the molecular biology option must satisfactorily complete the following courses:

Major Requirements

A biology major must successfully complete the following courses:

  • Credit: 1

    Instructors: Ahn, McFadden, Stoebel

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Investigations in physiology, biochemistry, ecology, molecular biol­ogy, and other areas of experimental biology.

    Corequisites: BIOL052 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: BIOL154 HM 

  • Credits: 2

    Instructors: Donaldson-Matasci, Stoebel

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Statistical techniques for analyzing biological data, including parametric, nonparametric, and randomization methods. Statistical aspects of experimental design with an emphasis on analyzing data collected in BIOL054 HM.

    Prerequisites: CSCI005 HMCSCI005GR HM, or CSCI042 HM 

    Corequisites: BIOL052 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: BIOL054 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Ahn

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Topics in the structural basis underlying general physiological mechanisms of plants and animals.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Adolph, McFadden

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Principles of organization of natural communities and ecosystems, including population dynamics, species interactions, and island biogeography. Modern experimental and mathematical approaches to ecological problems. Application of ecological principles to conservation biology, human demography, and harvesting of natural resources.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM and MATH019 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Adolph, McFadden

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Evolutionary mechanisms, including natural selection, population genetics, speciation, and macroevolutionary processes. Modern methods of phylogenetic reconstruction. History of biological diversity and the fossil record.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM and MATH019 HM 

  • Credits: 2

    Instructors: Hur, Schulz, Stoebel

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Basic techniques of molecular biology, including restriction mapping, DNA cloning, protein expression, and fluorescence microscopy.

    Prerequisites: BIOL054 HM and BIOL154 HM 

    Corequisites: BIOL113 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Hur, Schulz, Stoebel

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Molecular description of gene function in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including DNA, RNA, and protein structure; DNA replication; transcription and translation; and gene regulation.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM, CHEM023A HM, and CHEM023B HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Haushalter, Vosburg (Chemistry)

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Relation of molecular structure and energy flow to reactions in living systems.

    Prerequisites: CHEM056 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Vosburg

    Offered: Spring

    Description: A systematic study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and the relation of structure to observable physical and chemical properties.

    Prerequisites: CHEM023A HM, CHEM023B HM, and CHEM024 HM 

  • Credit: 1

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Johnson, Vosburg

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Laboratory taken concurrently with CHEM056 HM.

    Prerequisites: CHEM024 HM 

    Corequisites: CHEM056 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Vosburg

    Offered: Fall

    Description: A continuation of the chemistry of carbon compounds.

    Prerequisites: CHEM056 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: CHEM111 HM is recommended 

  • Credit: 1

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Johnson, Vosburg

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Synthesis, characterization, and analysis of organic compounds.

    Prerequisites: CHEM058 HM 

    Corequisites: CHEM105 HM 

and one of:

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Hur

    Offered: Spring, alternate years

    Description: An examination of the fundamental unit of life, the cell. By exploring the boundary between chemical reactions and living systems, we will learn how interactions among biological molecules that are ruled by fundamental physical and chemical laws constitute and define life. Readings from the text as well as primary literature, with emphasis on experimental design and analyses.

    Prerequisites: BIOL113 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Schulz

    Offered: Spring, alternate years

    Description: The number of microbes in the human body is comparable to the number of human cells. How does the immune system identify and respond to the small number of these microbes that can cause illness or death? In this course, we will explore fundamental processes of the immune system and how they relate to medicine and biotechnology. Topics will include antibody and T-cell receptor structure and function, cells and molecular mediators that regulate the immune response, allergy, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, tissue and organ transplants, and tumor immunology. 

    Prerequisites: BIOL113 HM 

Electives

Six credits of advanced biology electives, selected by the student and advisor. One chemistry course may be substituted for an advanced biology course with the prior approval of the department. Electives must include:

At least one Harvey Mudd laboratory course, selected from: 

  • Credits: 2

    Instructor: Ahn

    Offered: Fall, alternate years

    Description: Experimental techniques and concepts in plant and animal physiology, including the general areas of cellular biology, energetics, ionic regulation, and signaling. The final third of the course will involve independent student research projects culminating with oral and written presentations of experimental investigations.

    Prerequisites: BIOL054 HM and BIOL101 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Donaldson-Matasci

    Offered: Spring, alternate years

    Description: Design and analysis of ecological experiments with an emphasis on hypothesis testing, sampling techniques, and computer-based statistical analysis of data. Most projects are field-based, designed to address aspects of population, community, physiological, and behavioral ecology in animals and plants; work in both terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Includes several all-day field trips to local coastal, desert, and mountain sites.

    Prerequisites: BIOL054 HM and BIOL154 HM 

    Corequisites: BIOL108 HM 

  • Credit: 1

    Instructors: Haushalter, Vosburg (Chemistry)

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Experiments in biochemistry.

    Corequisites: BIOL182 HM or CHEM182 HM 

and

One Harvey Mudd seminar-style course (requiring student presentations and reading from the primary literature), some examples include: 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: McFadden

    Description: Advanced ecology focusing on marine communities. Dispersal, recruitment, competition, disturbance, plant/animal interactions, and other topics. Readings in the primary literature. Counts as a seminar course for Biology majors.

    Prerequisites: BIOL154 HM. It is strongly preferred to have taken BIOL108 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Bush

    Description: What makes humans different from our closest relatives and how have these differences evolved? This course examines human evolution from several perspectives, ranging from studies of the fossil record to computational and genomic approaches. It relies heavily on readings from the primary literature, and counts as a seminar course for Biology majors.

    Prerequisites: BIOL154 HM. It is also recommended to have taken one of BIOL109 HM or BIOL113 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Ahn

    Description: Readings from the primary literature in animal physiology. Specific topics may vary. Counts as a seminar course for Biology majors.

    Prerequisites: BIOL101 HM 

  • (most offerings)

    Credits: 1.5-3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall and Spring

    Description: Topics in a particular area of biology, depending on the instructor.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM; additional prerequisites may be required dependent on topic 

  • (most offerings)

    Credits: 3

    Instructors: Haushalter, Schulz, Stoebel

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Advanced topics at the interface between chemistry and biology. Counts as a seminar course for Biology majors.

    Prerequisites: BIOL113 HM and senior standing

Colloquium

Four semesters of Biology Colloquium or Chemistry Seminar:

  • Credit: 0.5

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall and Spring

    Description: Oral presentations and discussions of selected topics including recent developments. Participants include biology majors, faculty members, and visiting speakers. Required for junior and senior biology majors. No more than 2.0 credits can be earned for departmental seminars/col­loquia.

    Prerequisites: HMC Biology (including joint majors) only.

  • Credit: 0.5

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall and Spring

    Description: Presentations of contemporary research by students, faculty, and visiting scientists. Attendance by junior and senior majors is required. No more than 2.0 credits can be earned for departmental seminars/colloquia.

The colloquium requirement is waived for any semester during which a student is away on a study abroad program.

Capstone Project

Two semesters (at least 6 credits total) of Senior Thesis Researc

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall and Spring

    Description: A year-long experimental investigation in biology under the direction of a faculty advisor. Two oral presentations, a written proposal, and a thesis are required. Required of all senior biology majors.

    Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

or

  • Credits: 6

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall and Spring

    Description: Intensive experimental research in biology undertaken in consultation with a faculty member. Replaces 3 credits of BIOL193 HM and 3 credits of advanced biology courses for credit toward biology major.

    Prerequisites: BIOL161 HM, and departmental approval of formal application

Or an approved biology-related Clinic:

  • Credits: 2-3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall

    Description: A yearlong experimental or computational investigation in chemistry under the direction of a faculty advisor. Two oral reports and a written thesis are required. Two or three credit hours per semester (2 credit hours equals a minimum of 6 hours of laboratory per week, 3 credit hours equals a minimum of 10 hours of laboratory per week: additional library time is required).

    Prerequisites: Senior standing

  • Credits: 2-3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Spring

    Description: A yearlong experimental or computational investigation in chemistry under the direction of a faculty advisor. Two oral reports and a written thesis are required. Two or three credit hours per semester (2 credit hours equals a minimum of 6 hours of laboratory per week, 3 credit hours equals a minimum of 10 hours of laboratory per week: additional library time is required).

    Prerequisites: Senior standing

or

  • and

    Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall

    Description: The Clinic Program brings together teams of students to work on a research problem sponsored by business, industry, or government. Teams work closely with a faculty advisor and a liaison provided by the sponsoring organization to solve complex real-world problems. Students are expected to present their work orally and to produce a final report conforming to professional publication standards. CSCI183  HM and CSCI184 HM must be taken consecutively to count toward the major.

    Prerequisites: CSCI121 HM and senior standing; or permission of the Computer Science Clinic director

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Spring

    Description: The Clinic Program brings together teams of students to work on a research problem sponsored by business, industry, or government. Teams work closely with a faculty advisor and a liaison provided by the sponsoring organization to solve complex real-world problems. Students are expected to present their work orally and to produce a final report conforming to professional publication standards. CSCI183 HM and CSCI184  HM must be taken consecutively to count toward the major.

    Prerequisites: CSCI121 HMCSCI183 HM, and senior standing; or permission of the Computer Science Clinic director

or

Two from:

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Gokli, staff

    Offered: Fall and Spring

    Description: Participation in engineering projects through the Engineering Clinic. Emphasis is on design of solutions for real problems, involving problem definition, synthesis of concepts, analysis, and evaluation.

    Prerequisites: Junior standing in engineering or permission of Clinic director

    Concurrent requisites: ENGR122 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Gokli, staff

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Participation in engineering projects through the Engineering Clinic. Emphasis is on design of solutions for real problems, involving problem definition, synthesis of concepts, analysis, and evaluation.

    Prerequisites: ENGR004 HM, ENGR080 HM, and ENGR111 HM or permission of Clinic director

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Gokli, staff

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Participation in engineering projects through the Engineering Clinic. Emphasis is on design of solutions for real problems, involving problem definition, synthesis of concepts, analysis, and evaluation.

    Prerequisites: ENGR004 HM, ENGR080 HM, and ENGR111 HM or permission of Clinic director

or

  • (taken twice)

    Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall and Spring

    Description: The Clinic Program brings together teams of students to work on a research problem sponsored by business, industry, or government. Teams work closely with a faculty advisor and a liaison provided by the sponsoring organization to solve complex, real-world problems using mathematical and computational methods. Students are expected to present their work orally and to produce a final report conforming to the publication standards of a professional mathematician. Students are expected to take the two semesters of Clinic within a single academic year.

or

  • and

    Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Team projects in applied physics, with corporate affiliation.

    Prerequisites: Seniors only

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Staff

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Team projects in applied physics, with corporate affiliation.

    Prerequisites: Seniors only

  • Credit: 1

    Instructors: Ahn, McFadden, Stoebel

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Investigations in physiology, biochemistry, ecology, molecular biol­ogy, and other areas of experimental biology.

    Corequisites: BIOL052 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: BIOL154 HM 

  • Credits: 2

    Instructors: Donaldson-Matasci, Stoebel

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Statistical techniques for analyzing biological data, including parametric, nonparametric, and randomization methods. Statistical aspects of experimental design with an emphasis on analyzing data collected in BIOL054 HM.

    Prerequisites: CSCI005 HMCSCI005GR HM, or CSCI042 HM 

    Corequisites: BIOL052 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: BIOL054 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Ahn

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Topics in the structural basis underlying general physiological mechanisms of plants and animals.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Adolph, McFadden

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Principles of organization of natural communities and ecosystems, including population dynamics, species interactions, and island biogeography. Modern experimental and mathematical approaches to ecological problems. Application of ecological principles to conservation biology, human demography, and harvesting of natural resources.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM and MATH019 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Adolph, McFadden

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Evolutionary mechanisms, including natural selection, population genetics, speciation, and macroevolutionary processes. Modern methods of phylogenetic reconstruction. History of biological diversity and the fossil record.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM and MATH019 HM 

  • Credits: 2

    Instructors: Hur, Schulz, Stoebel

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Basic techniques of molecular biology, including restriction mapping, DNA cloning, protein expression, and fluorescence microscopy.

    Prerequisites: BIOL054 HM and BIOL154 HM 

    Corequisites: BIOL113 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Hur, Schulz, Stoebel

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Molecular description of gene function in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including DNA, RNA, and protein structure; DNA replication; transcription and translation; and gene regulation.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM, CHEM023A HM, and CHEM023B HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Haushalter, Vosburg (Chemistry)

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Relation of molecular structure and energy flow to reactions in living systems.

    Prerequisites: CHEM056 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Vosburg

    Offered: Spring

    Description: A systematic study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and the relation of structure to observable physical and chemical properties.

    Prerequisites: CHEM023A HM, CHEM023B HM, and CHEM024 HM 

  • Credit: 1

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Johnson, Vosburg

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Laboratory taken concurrently with CHEM056 HM.

    Prerequisites: CHEM024 HM 

    Corequisites: CHEM056 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Vosburg

    Offered: Fall

    Description: A continuation of the chemistry of carbon compounds.

    Prerequisites: CHEM056 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: CHEM111 HM is recommended 

  • Credit: 1

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Johnson, Vosburg

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Synthesis, characterization, and analysis of organic compounds.

    Prerequisites: CHEM058 HM 

    Corequisites: CHEM105 HM 

and one of:

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Hur

    Offered: Spring, alternate years

    Description: An examination of the fundamental unit of life, the cell. By exploring the boundary between chemical reactions and living systems, we will learn how interactions among biological molecules that are ruled by fundamental physical and chemical laws constitute and define life. Readings from the text as well as primary literature, with emphasis on experimental design and analyses.

    Prerequisites: BIOL113 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Schulz

    Offered: Spring, alternate years

    Description: The number of microbes in the human body is comparable to the number of human cells. How does the immune system identify and respond to the small number of these microbes that can cause illness or death? In this course, we will explore fundamental processes of the immune system and how they relate to medicine and biotechnology. Topics will include antibody and T-cell receptor structure and function, cells and molecular mediators that regulate the immune response, allergy, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, tissue and organ transplants, and tumor immunology. 

    Prerequisites: BIOL113 HM 

  • Credit: 1

    Instructors: Ahn, McFadden, Stoebel

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Investigations in physiology, biochemistry, ecology, molecular biol­ogy, and other areas of experimental biology.

    Corequisites: BIOL052 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: BIOL154 HM 

  • Credits: 2

    Instructors: Donaldson-Matasci, Stoebel

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Statistical techniques for analyzing biological data, including parametric, nonparametric, and randomization methods. Statistical aspects of experimental design with an emphasis on analyzing data collected in BIOL054 HM.

    Prerequisites: CSCI005 HMCSCI005GR HM, or CSCI042 HM 

    Corequisites: BIOL052 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: BIOL054 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Ahn

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Topics in the structural basis underlying general physiological mechanisms of plants and animals.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Adolph, McFadden

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Principles of organization of natural communities and ecosystems, including population dynamics, species interactions, and island biogeography. Modern experimental and mathematical approaches to ecological problems. Application of ecological principles to conservation biology, human demography, and harvesting of natural resources.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM and MATH019 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Adolph, McFadden

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Evolutionary mechanisms, including natural selection, population genetics, speciation, and macroevolutionary processes. Modern methods of phylogenetic reconstruction. History of biological diversity and the fossil record.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM and MATH019 HM 

  • Credits: 2

    Instructors: Hur, Schulz, Stoebel

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Basic techniques of molecular biology, including restriction mapping, DNA cloning, protein expression, and fluorescence microscopy.

    Prerequisites: BIOL054 HM and BIOL154 HM 

    Corequisites: BIOL113 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Hur, Schulz, Stoebel

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Molecular description of gene function in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including DNA, RNA, and protein structure; DNA replication; transcription and translation; and gene regulation.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM, CHEM023A HM, and CHEM023B HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Haushalter, Vosburg (Chemistry)

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Relation of molecular structure and energy flow to reactions in living systems.

    Prerequisites: CHEM056 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Vosburg

    Offered: Spring

    Description: A systematic study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and the relation of structure to observable physical and chemical properties.

    Prerequisites: CHEM023A HM, CHEM023B HM, and CHEM024 HM 

  • Credit: 1

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Johnson, Vosburg

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Laboratory taken concurrently with CHEM056 HM.

    Prerequisites: CHEM024 HM 

    Corequisites: CHEM056 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Vosburg

    Offered: Fall

    Description: A continuation of the chemistry of carbon compounds.

    Prerequisites: CHEM056 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: CHEM111 HM is recommended 

  • Credit: 1

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Johnson, Vosburg

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Synthesis, characterization, and analysis of organic compounds.

    Prerequisites: CHEM058 HM 

    Corequisites: CHEM105 HM 

and one of:

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Hur

    Offered: Spring, alternate years

    Description: An examination of the fundamental unit of life, the cell. By exploring the boundary between chemical reactions and living systems, we will learn how interactions among biological molecules that are ruled by fundamental physical and chemical laws constitute and define life. Readings from the text as well as primary literature, with emphasis on experimental design and analyses.

    Prerequisites: BIOL113 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Schulz

    Offered: Spring, alternate years

    Description: The number of microbes in the human body is comparable to the number of human cells. How does the immune system identify and respond to the small number of these microbes that can cause illness or death? In this course, we will explore fundamental processes of the immune system and how they relate to medicine and biotechnology. Topics will include antibody and T-cell receptor structure and function, cells and molecular mediators that regulate the immune response, allergy, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, tissue and organ transplants, and tumor immunology. 

    Prerequisites: BIOL113 HM 

  • Credit: 1

    Instructors: Ahn, McFadden, Stoebel

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Investigations in physiology, biochemistry, ecology, molecular biol­ogy, and other areas of experimental biology.

    Corequisites: BIOL052 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: BIOL154 HM 

  • Credits: 2

    Instructors: Donaldson-Matasci, Stoebel

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Statistical techniques for analyzing biological data, including parametric, nonparametric, and randomization methods. Statistical aspects of experimental design with an emphasis on analyzing data collected in BIOL054 HM.

    Prerequisites: CSCI005 HMCSCI005GR HM, or CSCI042 HM 

    Corequisites: BIOL052 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: BIOL054 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Ahn

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Topics in the structural basis underlying general physiological mechanisms of plants and animals.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Adolph, McFadden

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Principles of organization of natural communities and ecosystems, including population dynamics, species interactions, and island biogeography. Modern experimental and mathematical approaches to ecological problems. Application of ecological principles to conservation biology, human demography, and harvesting of natural resources.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM and MATH019 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Adolph, McFadden

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Evolutionary mechanisms, including natural selection, population genetics, speciation, and macroevolutionary processes. Modern methods of phylogenetic reconstruction. History of biological diversity and the fossil record.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM and MATH019 HM 

  • Credits: 2

    Instructors: Hur, Schulz, Stoebel

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Basic techniques of molecular biology, including restriction mapping, DNA cloning, protein expression, and fluorescence microscopy.

    Prerequisites: BIOL054 HM and BIOL154 HM 

    Corequisites: BIOL113 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Hur, Schulz, Stoebel

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Molecular description of gene function in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, including DNA, RNA, and protein structure; DNA replication; transcription and translation; and gene regulation.

    Prerequisites: BIOL052 HM, CHEM023A HM, and CHEM023B HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Haushalter, Vosburg (Chemistry)

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Relation of molecular structure and energy flow to reactions in living systems.

    Prerequisites: CHEM056 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Vosburg

    Offered: Spring

    Description: A systematic study of the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, emphasizing synthesis, reaction mechanisms, and the relation of structure to observable physical and chemical properties.

    Prerequisites: CHEM023A HM, CHEM023B HM, and CHEM024 HM 

  • Credit: 1

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Johnson, Vosburg

    Offered: Spring

    Description: Laboratory taken concurrently with CHEM056 HM.

    Prerequisites: CHEM024 HM 

    Corequisites: CHEM056 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Vosburg

    Offered: Fall

    Description: A continuation of the chemistry of carbon compounds.

    Prerequisites: CHEM056 HM 

    Concurrent requisites: CHEM111 HM is recommended 

  • Credit: 1

    Instructors: Daub, Haushalter, Johnson, Vosburg

    Offered: Fall

    Description: Synthesis, characterization, and analysis of organic compounds.

    Prerequisites: CHEM058 HM 

    Corequisites: CHEM105 HM 

and one of:

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Hur

    Offered: Spring, alternate years

    Description: An examination of the fundamental unit of life, the cell. By exploring the boundary between chemical reactions and living systems, we will learn how interactions among biological molecules that are ruled by fundamental physical and chemical laws constitute and define life. Readings from the text as well as primary literature, with emphasis on experimental design and analyses.

    Prerequisites: BIOL113 HM 

  • Credits: 3

    Instructor: Schulz

    Offered: Spring, alternate years

    Description: The number of microbes in the human body is comparable to the number of human cells. How does the immune system identify and respond to the small number of these microbes that can cause illness or death? In this course, we will explore fundamental processes of the immune system and how they relate to medicine and biotechnology. Topics will include antibody and T-cell receptor structure and function, cells and molecular mediators that regulate the immune response, allergy, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, tissue and organ transplants, and tumor immunology. 

    Prerequisites: BIOL113 HM