Graduate Courses

The faculty has approval to offer the following courses in the academic years 2019–2020 and 2020–2021; however, not all courses are taught each semester or summer session. Students should consult the Course Schedule to determine which courses and topics will be offered during a particular semester or summer session. The Course Schedule may also reflect changes made to the course inventory after the publication of this catalog.

Biochemistry: BCH

BCH 080M. Dual MD/PhD Program with UT Medical Branch.

Preclinical medical study at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. May not be taken concurrently with another course at the University of Texas at Austin. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the MD/PhD dual degree program in biochemistry.

BCH 381D. Structure-Aided Drug Discovery.

Investigation of structure-based drug design subjects including the modern model of drug discovery in pharmaceutical and biotech companies, high-throughput Assay development, structure-aided drug discovery, case studies of hot targets, and hands-on experience with docking program. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biochemistry 381D and Chemistry 391L (Topic: Structure-Based Drug Design) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

BCH 387D. Physical Methods in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Theory of physical methods used in biochemistry and molecular biology. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, an undergraduate course in physical chemistry, and an undergraduate course in biochemistry.

BCH 190. Seminar in Biochemistry.

The equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Biochemistry 190 and Chemistry 190 (Topic 3) may not both be counted. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in biochemistry.

BCH 192G. Biochemistry Student Seminar.

Student presentations on current research topics. The equivalent of one lecture hour a week for one semester. Biochemistry 192G and Chemistry 192G may not both be counted. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing in biochemistry.

BCH 394. Structure and Function of Proteins and Nucleic Acids.

Explores the structures and functions of proteins and nucleic acids. Emphasis is placed on quantitative methods used to evaluate the roles of structural features in function and in developing new ways of thinking about the dynamics of macromolecules. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biochemistry 394 and Chemistry 394 may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

BCH 394P. Bioinformatics.

Subjects include physical methods for the study of macromolecules, chemistry of proteins, enzyme chemistry, regulatory mechanisms for gene expression, and protein-nucleic acid interactions. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biochemistry 394P and Chemistry 391L (Topic: Bioinformatics) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

BCH 395G. Structure and Function of Proteins and Membranes.

Same as Biology 395G and Molecular Biology 395G. Detailed consideration of the structure and function of proteins, with discussion of enzyme mechanisms and kinetics, the biochemistry of energy production, and the metabolism of lipids and nucleotides. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Biochemistry 395G, Biology 395G, Chemistry 395G, Molecular Biology 395G. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; a one-year undergraduate sequence in biochemistry, such as Chemistry 339K and 339L, is strongly recommended.

BCH 395J. Genes, Genomes, and Gene Expression.

Same as Biology 395J and Molecular Biology 395J. Detailed consideration of prokaryotic and eukaryotic mechanisms of DNA replication and transcription; posttranscriptional processing of transcription products; and mechanism and regulation of the translation of messenger RNAs. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Only one of the following may be counted: Biochemistry 395J, Biology 395J, Chemistry 395J, Molecular Biology 395J. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; and Biology 395F and 395G, or Chemistry 395F and 395G, or Molecular Biology 395F and 395G, or consent of instructor.

BCH 396S. Synthetic Biology.

Survey of current high-throughput technologies and computational methods for generating data and integrating information at all levels of biological organization. Emphasis on how hypotheses can be generated and tested with these techniques to better understand how model organisms function and evolve. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biochemistry 396S and Chemistry 391L (Topic: Synthetic Biology) may not both be counted. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

BCH 197C, 297C, 397C, 497C, 597C, 697C, 997C. Advanced Study and Research in Biochemistry.

For each semester hour of credit earned, the equivalent of one-and-one-half laboratory hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of graduate adviser.

BCH 698. Thesis.

The equivalent of three lecture hours a week for two semesters. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: For 698A, graduate standing in biochemistry and consent of the graduate adviser; for 698B, Biochemistry 698A.

BCH 398T. Professional Development for Graduate Students in Biochemistry.

Restricted to graduate students in biochemistry. Provides professional development skills to graduate students in biochemistry. Subjects include excellence in teaching, scientific communication, grantsmanship, ethics, and career planning. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Biochemistry 398T and Chemistry 398T may not both be counted. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in biochemistry.

BCH 399W, 699W, 999W. Dissertation.

May be repeated for credit. Offered on the credit/no credit basis only. Prerequisite: Admission to candidacy for the doctoral degree.