Year 1

Fall Term

Research (BMB 6097; Credit Hours Vary)
Laboratory Rotation (1/3)

Molecular Biophysics I (BMB 6332; 3 Credit Hours) Syllabus
In this course, students learn thermodynamics and kinetics for biological molecules. Both theoretical and experimental aspects are covered. Students also learn the Mathematica software so that they can use it as a tool for their own research. This course will introduce the student to the use of Mathematica as a tool for problem solving, simulation, and programming. This tool will be used throughout the entire curriculum.

  • Instructor: Iwahara
  • Term Offered: I
  • Year Offered: Annually
  • Hours per week:1.5, 15 week course

Physical Basis of Macromolecular Structure (BMB 6336; 3 Credit Hours) Syllabus
Physical Basis of Macromolecular Structure: Introduction to proteins and nucleic acids, with emphasis on physical underpinnings. Topics include primary, secondary, and tertiary structure, sequence analysis, energetics and predictive methods.

  • Instructor: Bujalowski
  • Term Offered: I
  • Year Offered: Annually
  • Hours per week:1.5, 15 week course

Spring Term

Research (BMB 6097; Credit Hours Vary)
Laboratory Rotation (2/3)

Molecular Biophysics II (BMB 6334; 3 Credit Hours) Syllabus
Molecular Biophysics II: Introduction to principles, methods, and approaches employed in the study of the structure and function of biological macromolecules. Topics include NMR, X-ray diffraction, and electron microscopy methods. This course will use Mathematica as a tool for problem solving, simulation, and programming.

  • Instructor: Watowich
  • Term Offered: II
  • Year Offered: Annually
  • Hours per week:1.5, 15 week course

Computer Modeling of Macromolecular Structure and Function (BMB 6338; 3 Credit Hours) Syllabus
Introduction to computational modeling methods for protein and nucleic acid structure and function. Topics include molecular dynamics, homology modeling, and sequence and genomic analysis methods.

  • Instructor: Braun
  • Term Offered: II
  • Year Offered: Annually
  • Hours per week:1.5, 15 week course

Summer Term

Research (BMB 6097; Credit Hours Vary)
Laboratory Rotation (3/3)

Structure Based Drug Discovery (BMB 6238) Syllabus
Electives (add) 8 additional credit hours prior to graduation

Year 2

Fall Term

Research (BMB 6097; Credit Hours Vary)

Electives (add) 8 additional credit hours prior to graduation

Spring Term

Research (BMB 6097; Credit Hours Vary)

Seminar (BMB 6195; 1 Credit Hour)
Students must register for the Seminar course (BMB 6195) in years 2, 3 and 4 (three consecutive years after they enter into the BMB graduate program). Each student will attend student seminars regularly and, in addition, each student will present one seminar per year in their third and fourth years.

  • Instructor: Choi
  • Term Offered: II
  • Year Offered: Annually
  • Hours per week:1

Seminar (BMB 6196; 1 Credit Hour)
Current Concepts in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Faculty Seminars), 6 credits required for all students.

Qualifying Examination
See our definition and guidelines of the qualifying examination.

Summer Term

Research/Dissertation (BMB 6097/6099; Credit Hours Vary)

Structure Based Drug Discovery (BMB 6238) Syllabus

Electives (add) 8 additional credit hours prior to graduation

Year 3

Fall Term

Research/Dissertation (BMB 6097/6099; Credit Hours Vary)

Electives (add) 8 additional credit hours prior to graduation

Spring Term

Research/Dissertation (BMB 6097/6099; Credit Hours Vary)

Electives (add) 8 additional credit hours prior to graduation

Seminar (BMB 6195; 1 Credit Hour)
Students must register for the Seminar course (BMB 6195) in years 2, 3 and 4 (three consecutive years after they enter into the BMB graduate program). Each student will attend student seminars regularly and, in addition, each student will present one seminar per year in their third and fourth years.

  • Instructor: Pierce and Choi
  • Term Offered: II
  • Year Offered: Annually
  • Hours per week:1

Seminar (BMB 6196; 1 Credit Hour)
Current Concepts in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Faculty Seminars), 6 credits required for all students.

Summer Term

Research/Dissertation (BMB 6097/6099; Credit Hours Vary)

Structure Based Drug Discovery (BMB 6238) Syllabus

Electives (add) 8 additional credit hours prior to graduation

Year 4

Fall Term

Research/Dissertation (BMB 6097/6099; Credit Hours Vary)

Electives (add) 8 additional credit hours prior to graduation

Spring Term

Research/Dissertation (BMB 6097/6099; Credit Hours Vary)

Electives (add) 8 additional credit hours prior to graduation

Seminar (BMB 6195; 1 Credit Hour)
Students must register for the Seminar course (BMB 6195) in years 2, 3 and 4 (three consecutive years after they enter into the BMB graduate program). Each student will attend student seminars regularly and, in addition, each student will present one seminar per year in their third and fourth years.

  • Instructor: Pierce and Choi
  • Term Offered: II
  • Year Offered: Annually
  • Hours per week:1

Seminar (BMB 6196; 1 Credit Hour)
Current Concepts in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (Faculty Seminars), 6 credits required for all students.

Summer Term

Research/Dissertation (BMB 6097/6099; Credit Hours Vary)

Structure Based Drug Discovery (BMB 6238) Syllabus

Electives (add) 8 additional credit hours prior to graduation

Electives

The MBET electives are:

Bioinformatics on the World Wide Web (BMB 6206; 2 Credit Hours) Syllabus

  • Instructor: W. Braun
  • Term Offered: II
  • Year Offered: Annually
  • Hours per week: Lecture 2

Structure Based Drug Discovery (BMB 6238; 3 Credit Hours) Syllabus

Single Molecule detection and Manipulation (BMB 6265; 2 Credit Hours) Syllabus

  • Instructor: Andres Oberhauser
  • Term Offered: III
  • Year Offered: Annually
  • Hours per week: Lecture 2

Special Topics: Hands-on experimental course in Molecular Biophysics and Structural Biology (BMB 6296-1037) Syllabus

Special Topics: Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Biological Fluorescence (BMB 6296-1213; 2 credit hours) Syllabus

Probabilistic and Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics (BMB 6326; 3 credit hours) Syllabus

  • Instructor: Rovshan Sadygov
  • Term Offered: Fall
  • Hours per week: Lecture 2

Introduction to Fast Kinetics (BMB 6312; 3 credit hours) Syllabus

  • Instructor: Wlodek Bujalowski
  • Term Offered: II
  • Year Offered: Even years
  • Hours per week: Lecture 3

Thermodynamics of Macromolecular Assembly (BMB 6360; 3 credit hours) Syllabus

  • Instructor: James Lee
  • Year Offered: Odd years
  • Hours per week: Lecture 3