Graduate Studies

Courses Electives

MOL 533 Becoming a 21st Century Scientist



Faculty Alison E. Gammie

MODERN SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION This course is designed to teach core competencies needed to succeed as an independent scientist. Students develop skills in (1) knowledge acquisition; (2) critically evaluating scientific findings; (3) formulating questions that push forward the boundaries of science; (4) developing testable hypotheses; (5) creating an innovative research plan employing discipline-specific techniques and the appropriate controls; (6) writing a well-organized, logical and succinct research proposal; and (7) become proficient in communicating knowledge, research findings and defending ideas through verbal presentations.

CHM538 Chemical Tools to Study Biological Systems

Faculty  Fiedler | Muir

This class emphasizes the use of chemical approaches to investigate and manipulate biological processes at the biochemical, the cellular, and the organismal level. The purpose is to provide chemical biologists with modern chemical methods. The class will then discuss how these methods can be applied to study different biological problems, highlighting important questions in biology. Typically a paper from the current literature will be presented and discussed by the students each class. Grades are based on problem sets, a midterm exam, a literature presentation, and a research proposal.

NEU 503/MOL 503 Neurogenetics of Behavior

Faculty Murphy, Murthy
Course will explore our current understanding of the genetic and neural basis for animal behavior, with an emphasis on cutting-edge research and model systems that are amenable to genetic manipulation. Each week students will discuss a new behavior with a focus on the underlying mechanisms; students will also lead discussions of primary literature. The goal of this course is to provide required background knowledge and critical thinking skills to move beyond the published literature to proposing original experiments.

CHM515 Biophysical Chemistry I

Faculty  Carey

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to basic principles of macromolecular structure, stability, and interactions. Major topics include protein structure; protein thermodynamics and folding; nucleic acid structure and stability; principles of intermolecular recognition; and principles and practice of ligand binding analysis. Special emphasis is placed on understanding, in macromolecular systems, the relationships between structure and stability; the molecular origins of cooperative effects; and the relationships between covalent and non-covalent properties.

MOL 505 Molecular Biology of Prokaryotes**

Advanced-level discussion of the genetics and molecular biology of prokaryotic organisms and their associated bacteriophages.

MOL 510 Introduction to Biological Dynamics**

Provides a basic grounding in mathematical modeling and data analysis for students who might not have pursued further study in mathematics.

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