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Molecular Biosciences

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MBS 320 Molecular Biosciences Seminar • 2 Cr.

This course provides strategies for reading and analyzing articles in molecular biosciences. Students engage in discussion while they learn to evaluate data, analyze figures and focus on the major questions addressed in a scientific paper. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 or BIOL 275 wit h a C or higher.

MBS 330 Modern Genetics • 5 Cr.

This course examines the principles of inheritance, the molecular nature of the gene and regulation of gene expression in various systems, and the basis for mutation, variation and evolution. The course begins with an introduction to Mendel's experiments and culminates in a survey of modern methods in genetics research. Prerequisite: BIOL& 160 or BIOL& 211 with C or higher.

MBS 340 Molecular Cell Biology • 5 Cr.

Exploration of cellular structure, organization, dynamics and signaling of diverse cell types at the molecular level. The course emphasizes the experiments and techniques used throughout the research process. Topics include biological membranes, protein targeting, the endomembrane system, cell signaling, the cytoskeleton and control of the cell cycle. Prerequisite: MBS 330 or equivalent, with C or higher.

MBS 350 Bioinformatics • 5 Cr.

Topics include protein and DNA sequence alignments, evolutionary analysis and phylogenetic trees, obtaining protein secondary structure from sequence, and analysis of gene expression including clustering methods. Prerequisite: MBS 340 or equivalent, with a C or higher.

MBS 410 Modern Topics in Bioethics • 5 Cr.

This class introduces ethical problems relating to molecular biosciences research and the biomedical industry. The emphasis is to train students on awareness of ethical issues specifically applicable to laboratory research and biomedical industry. Prerequisite: MBS 330 or equivalent, with a C or higher.

MBS 430 Systems Immunology • 5 Cr.

This course is an introduction to molecular immunology. Topics include an overview of the immune system, antibody and T-cell receptor structure and function, genes of the immunoglobulin family, cells and molecules that mediate the immune response, and medical applications of modern immunology. Prerequisites: MBS 340 and CHEM 406 and with a C or higher.

MBS 455 Advanced Methods in Molecular Biology • 6 Cr.

Topics for this advanced lab class include molecular biology, protein biochemistry and immunochemistry techniques. Prerequisites: MBS 340 or equivalent with a C or higher, or permission of the instructor and admission into the BAS in Molecular Biosciences program.

MBS 470 Introduction to Patent Law • 2 Cr.

Topics include the four basic forms of intellectual property, patents and patentability, patent challenges and litigation, drafting and prosecuting a patent. Prerequisites: MBS 340 or equivalent with a C or higher, or permission of the instructor.

MBS 480 Senior Capstone Proposal • 1 Cr.

First course in a sequence of three senior level capstone classes. Students will select a research topic, formulate a relevant research question, choose a research mentor, and design a detailed plan to answer their research question. Prerequisites: MBS 350 with a C or higher, or permission of the Program Chair and acceptance into the BAS in Molecular Biosciences.

MBS 481 Senior Capstone Project I • 4 Cr.

Second course in a sequence of three senior level capstone classes. Each student works on her/his research proposal developed during MBS 480, collecting and analyzing data, documenting results and completing approximately half of the project. Prerequisites: MBS 480 with a C or higher, or permission of the Program Chair of Molecular Biosciences.

MBS 482 Senior Capstone Project II • 5 Cr.

Last course in the capstone project sequence where students complete their research. The project culminates with the preparation of a scientific poster and a seminar to be presented to the students and faculty in the Molecular Biosciences program. Prerequisites: MBS 481 with a C or higher, or permission of the Program Chair of Molecular Biosciences.