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BIOC 111 - FUNDAMENTALS OF EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY 
Credits:
1
Course URL: http://www.clear.rice.edu/bioc111/
Introduction to basic laboratory skills, including pipetting, solutions, dilutions, spectrophotometry, aseptic technique, record keeping, and similar basic laboratory activities. Work will consist of short investigative projects. Recommendation: This course is recommended for students with very limited practical laboratory experience. Students wishing to take BIOC 211(formerly BIOS 211) will have to take this course or test out of it. See the course URL for instructions.
Instructor permission required
Course Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer
Instructor: Beason Abmayr; Caprette

BIOC 115 - FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN LOCAL BIOLOGY RESEARCH (BCB)
Credits:
1
Course URL: http://www.bioc.rice.edu/bioc115/
A 7-week seminar course to introduce freshmen prospective biologists to the excitement of research at Rice and the Medical Center and to provide context with which to think about facts presented in biosciences textbooks. Small groups will meet weekly with a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher to explore a published research article by a local lab, gaining background information about the subject and exposure to the research techniques. In the final session, the group will tour the lab that produced the featured article. Additional tours and activities TBA. All first-year non-transfer students are eligible to enroll in BIOC 115/FSEM 115 regardless of AP credit. This course meets in the second half of the semester and features research in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Course organizers: Dereth Phillips and Bonnie Bartel. Cross-list: FSEM 115.
Course Offered: Fall & Spring
Instructor: Bartel; Phillips

BIOC 122 - FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS IN BIOLOGY
Credits:
3
An introduction to the nature of science, living organisms, biomolecules, cells, tissues, systems, evolution and possible origin of life on earth, and genetics, followed by topics of current interest presented by local researchers. Students will develop critical thinking skills that are needed to assess the social/political/economic impact of past and current research, research applications, and scientific theories. This course is designed for non-science majors, not for premedical students or majors in the biosciences. Students with credit for BIOC 201 should not register for this course. Cross-list: GLHT 122.
Course Offered: Fall & Spring
Instructor: Caprette

BIOC 201 - INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY
Credits:
3
Chemistry and energetics, cell physiology, cell biology, Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics, developmental biology, and plant physiology.
Course Offered:  Fall
Instructor: Gustin

BIOC 205 - MICROBE HUNTERS REVISITED
Credits:
2
This seminar will review important microbiologists and their discoveries of infectious agents. From Pasteur to Prosiner, we will review the infectious agents they described, as well as the methods used for their discovery. The classic text by Paul de Kruif entitled "Microbe Hunters" will be the basis for half of the course material.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Greenberg

BIOC 211 - INTERMEDIATE EXPERIMENTAL BIOSCIENCES
Credits:
2
Course URL: http://www.clear.rice.edu/bioc111/
Introduction to scientific method, principles of experimental design, selected research strategies, record keeping, and technical communication as related to biological science. Students matriculating fall 2009 or later who wish to take BIOC 211 must take BIOC 111 (formerly BIOS 111)or test out of it. See the course URL for instructions.
Instructor permission required
Course Offered: Fall & Spring
Instructor: Eich
Pre-requisites: (BIOS 111 OR BIOC 111) AND (BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201)

BIOC 215 - BIOSCIENCES LAB TEACHING
Credits:
Hours Variable
Undergraduate teaching in a biosciences laboratory. Provide group and individual instruction and feedback to undergraduates during and outside of laboratory classes.
Instructor permission required
Course Offered: Fall & Spring
Instructor: Caprette; Beason Abmayr; Eich

BIOC 216 - DISCUSSION SECTION TEACHING
Credits:
1
In this course, undergraduates who have previously excelled in BIOS 344 or BIOC 344 will develop teaching skills by leading discussion sections for the benefit of students presently taking BIOC 344 under the guidance of the professor teaching the course.
Instructor permission required
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Stewart

BIOC 300 - PARADIGMS IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY
Credits:
3
Examination of paradigms in Biochemistry and Cell Biology with a focus on the "central dogma" of molecular biology. RESTRICTIONS: If taken one semester before taking any other 300 BIOC course, this course can count as a Biosciences Group A course (for students following the old curriculum), or as a 300level Natural Science/Engineering Elective (for those majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology under the current curriculum), as an elective 300 level BIOC lecture course (for those majoring in Biological Sciences under the current curriculum.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Matthews
Recommendation: Recommended strongly for students with Advanced Placement in Biology and designed for prospective BIOC majors. For students with AP credit for BIOS/BIOC 201, this course is strongly recommended as preparation for BIOC 341 (Cell Biology)

BIOC 301 - BIOCHEMISTRY I
Credits:
3
The second in an integrated sequence of three courses (BIOC 201, 301, 302, formerly BIOS 201, 301, 302). Structure and function of proteins, enzymes, and nucleic acids; enzyme kinetics; glycolysis, aerobic metabolism, and energy coupling.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Shamo; Olson
Pre-requisites: (CHEM 211 OR CHEM 251 OR CHEM 252)

BIOC 302 - BIOCHEMISTRY II
Credits:
3
The final in an integrated sequence of three courses (BIOC 201, 301, 302, formerly BIOS 201, 301, 302). In depth study of carbohydrate, amino acid, and lipid metabolic pathways, hormone regulation of metabloic pathways, key cell signaling mechanisms, and the structural biology of DNA replication, transcription, and translation into proteins. Course also involves analysis of primary scientific literature. Biosciences Group A.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Olson
Pre-requisites: BIOS 301 OR BIOC 301 AND (CHEM 211 OR CHEM 251)

BIOC 307 - GENETICS: SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
Credits:
3
The course uses an interdisciplinary perspective to examine the claims and counter-claims made regarding genetics and new technologies for identifying and manipulating genetic material. The course will cover biological basics of genes, DNA, and epigenesis; cultural and historical aspects of approaches to genetics, including eugenics past and present; and ethical issues arising from new genetic technologies. Cross-list: ANTH 314.
Course Offered:
Instructor:
McIntosh; Novotny
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman

BIOC 310 - INDEPENDENT RESEARCH FOR BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY UNDERGRADUATES
Credits:
Hours Variable
Course URL: http://www.bioc.rice.edu/bioc310
Independent research in Rice BCB faculty laboratories (sections 3-30) or other Texas Medical Center laboratories (sections 1 & 2). Students spend at least 3 hours per week in the laboratory for each semester hour of credit. If taken for 3 or more hours, counts as one required 300+ level lab course (not BIOC 311). Requires a proposal abstract, weekly reports, and a research paper (fall semester) or a proposal abstract, weekly reports, and a poster presentation (spring semester). Students wishing to perform their research in an off-campus lab must submit a completed application to the BIOC 310 instructor at least 2 weeks prior to the start of classes and may not register for fewer than 3 credit hours. Recommended: Instructor permission. Students are strongly advised to secure research advisors and register for the class well in advance of the start of classes.
Instructor permission required
Course Offered: Fall & Spring
Instructor: Phillips; BCB Faculty
Pre-requisites: BIOS 111 OR BIOC 111 OR BIOS 211 OR BIOC 211

BIOC 311 - ADVANCED EXPERIMENTAL BIOSCIENCES
Credits:
2
Course URL: http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~bios311/bios311/311homepage.html
Advancement of biochemical laboratory methods, record keeping, technical communication skills, and research strategies. Students maintain a research quality laboratory notebook and submit a paper in the style of a journal article. Taught first half of each semester. If you find that you have a time conflict while registering for this course, please contact the instructor to inquire about Special Registration. BIOC 301 (formerly BIOS 301) is required but it can be taken during the same semester as BIOC 311.
Course Offered: Fall, Spring & Summer
Instructor: Beason Abmayr
Pre-requisites: (BIOS 211 OR BIOC 211) AND (BIOS 301 OR BIOC 301)

BIOC 313 - INTRODUCTORY SYNTHETIC BIO
Credits:
1
Course URL: http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~bios311/bios311/bios313/bios313.html
Introduction to the emerging field of synthetic biology. Focuses on molecular biological procedures commonly used to build and characterize synthetic genetic circuits. Students maintain a research quality laboratory notebook and submit a project proposal that promotes the development of novel biotechnology. Taught second half of fall semester. Prerequisite: BIOC 211 (formerly BIOS 211) or equivalent lab.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Beason Abmayr; Silberg
Pre-requisites: BIOS 211 OR BIOC 211 or permission of instructor

BIOC 318 - LABORATORY STUDIES IN APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY
Credits:
1
Course URL: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~bioslabs/bios318/
Isolation, culture, observation, assay, and identification of bacteria, along with a team project in microbiological examination of water. Starts the second half of the semester, self-scheduled after the first formal meetings.
Course Offered: Fall & Spring
Instructor: Caprette
Pre-requisites: BIOS 211 OR BIOC 211

BIOC 320 - LABORATORY IN TISSUE CULTURE
Credits:
1
Introduction to tissue culture techniques, including cell passage, cell viability, and cell attachment and proliferation assays. Students complete quantitative analysis of their data. Engineering design and applications are featured in graded work. Sections 1 and 2 are taught during the first half of the semester. Sections 3 and 4 are taught during the second half of the semester. Students may be required to attend lab on a university holiday. Your registration for this course will not be accepted until you obtain Dr. Saterbak's signature on an Undergraduate Special Registration Request form. Cross-list: BIOE 342.
Instructor permission required
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Saterback
Pre-requisites: BIOE 440 OR STAT 440 OR BIOC 311 OR BIOS 311

BIOC 324 - MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY – (Formerly BIOS 424)
Credits:
3
Structure and functions of microorganisms with emphasis on their environmental, industrial and medical importance. Biosciences Group A.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Bennett
Pre-requisites: (BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201) AND (BIOS 202 OR EBIO 202) AND (BIOS 301 OR BIOC 301) or permission of instructor

BIOC 331 - BIOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Credits:
3
This course gives a broad overview of the biology of infectious diseases using examples from humans, plants, and animals. Topics include diversity of diseases, mechanisms of disease transmission, epidemiology, population regulation, evolution of virulence, disease dynamics in natural communities and disease invasion and conservation biology. Cross-list: EBIO 331. Biosciences Group B.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Rudolf
Pre-requisites: (BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201) AND (BIOS 202 OR EBIO 202)

BIOC 332 - FUNDAMENTALS OF SYSTEMS PHYSIOLOGY
Credits:
3
This course will teach the fundamentals of human physiology from an engineering perspective, with specific focus on the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and urinary systems. Lectures, assignments and exams will be quantitative and will introduce engineering priciples, such as conservation of mass and energy, controls and system analysis, thermodynamics and mass transport, and apply them to the study of physiologic systems. Biosciences Group A.  Cross-list: BIOE 322.
Course Offered: Fall & Spring
Instructor: Jacot; Suh
Pre-requisites: (BIOE 252 OR BIOC 201 OR BIOS 201) AND (MATH 211 OR MATH 213)

BIOC 334 – EVOLUTION
Credits:
3
Course URL: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~queller/Bios334/
Principles of biological evolution. Topics include natural selection, adaptation, molecular evolution, formation of new species, the fossil record, biogeography, and principles of classification. Biosciences Group B.    Cross-list: EBIO 334.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor:
Pre-requisites: BIOS 202 OR EBIO 202 or permission of instructor

BIOC 341 - CELL BIOLOGY
Credits:
3
Molecular mechanisms of eukaryotic cell function. Structure, function, and biogenesis of all subcellular organelles. Cell-cell communication, cytoskeleton assembly and function, cell cycle control, and cell-cell adhesions. Emphasis will be on cytoplasmic events; molecular studies of transcription is taught in BIOC 344. RECOMMENDATION: BIOC 300 is recommended for students using advanced placement credit for BIOC 201 (BIOS 201) and students preferring additional foundational background prior to enrollment in BIOC 341. Biosciences Group A.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: McNew
Pre-requisites: BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201

BIOC 344 - MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS
Credits:
3
Mendelian genetics, population genetics, mapping, gene expression and regulation, genetic engineering, DNA replication and recombination, human genetics, genetic disease and gene therapy. Recommended Prerequisite(s): BIOS 201 or BIOC 201. Biosciences Group A.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Stewart

BIOC 352 - PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY FOR THE BIOSCIENCES
Credits:
3
Study of selected aspects of physical chemistry as it relates to the biosciences. Includes thermodynamics, reaction rate theory, quantum mechanics, and atomic and molecular structure.  Biosciences Group A.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor:  Silberg; Nikonowicz
Pre-requisites: (CHEM 211 OR CHEM 251 AND (CHEM 212 OR CHEM 252 AND (PHYS 125 OR PHYS 101 OR PHYS 111 OR PHYS 141 AND (PHYS 126 OR PHYS 102 OR PHYS 112 OR PHYS 142 OR (BIOS 301 OR BIOC 301

BIOC 361 - METABOLIC ENGINEERING FOR GLOBAL HEALTH ENVIRONMENTS
Credits:
3
Course URL: http://www.btb.rice.edu
Importance of nutritional and pharmaceutical compounds, impact of cost of compounds on global health; Overview of biochemical pathways; Genetic engineering and molecular biology tools for ME; Nutritional molecules; Pharmaceuticals (antibiotics, tamiflu-against influenza virus; anti-parasite compounds against malaria and filaria diseases; anti-diarrhea treatments). Cross-list: BIOE 361, GLHT 361.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: G. Bennett
Pre-requisites: (BIOE 362 OR GLHT 362 AND (PHYS 126 OR PHYS 102 OR PHYS 112 OR PHYS 142 AND MATH 102

BIOC 362 - BIOENGINEERING FOR GLOBAL HEALTH ENVIRONMENTS
Credits:
3
Clinical trial design, regulation of medical technologies, medical technology assessment. Detailed case studies of vaccine development, diagnostic tests, cancer screening.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Richards-Kortum
Pre-requisites: (BIOE 260 OR GLHT 260) AND (PHYS 126 AND MATH 102)

BIOC 363 – ENDOCRINOLOGY – (Formerly BIOS 422)
Credits:
3
Study of the action of mammalian hormones in terms of whole organismal physiological responses and intracellular molecular signaling pathways.  Biosciences Group A.       
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Beckingham
Pre-requisites: (BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201) AND (BIOS 301 OR BIOC 301) AND (BIOS 341 OR BIOC 341)

BIOC 364 – PEDIATRIC GLOBAL HEALTH
Credits:
1
This one-credit course features a series of lectures and discussions on important aspects of pediatric global health affecting developing countries. Visiting pediatric faculty will explore various diseases and health issues and will discuss current and future medical and public health management and treatment efforts in their fields. Course work will include reading and discussion as well as a final paper. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 564.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Ware
Pre-requisites: BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201

BIOC 371 - SEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH
Credits:
1
Course URL: http://www.bioc.rice.edu/bioc371
This course will offer students a close-up look at an area of contemporary biological and biomedical research in a small-group seminar setting. Each seminar will focus on a different area of research through reading and discussion of recent research articles in that focus area. The faculty discussion leader for each seminar will be drawn from Baylor College of Medicine, UT Health Science Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Rice and others. Please consult the course website for a complete listing of seminars offered each semester. Pre-/co-requisite Bios 341 (Cell Biology) or Bios 301 (Biochemistry). Please refer to the following link for additional information: http://www.bioc.rice.edu/bioc371. Students should check the courses website for additional prerequisites, notes from the instructor, and other information specific to each section.
 Instructor permission required
Course Offered:
Instructor:
Pre-requisites:
BIOS 341 OR BIOC 341 OR BIOS 301 OR BIOC 301

BIOC 372 – IMMUNOLOGY – (Formerly BIOS 423)
Credits:
3
Cellular and molecular basis of innate and adaptive immune function in mammals. Recommended Prerequisite(s): BIOC 301 and BIOC 341 (formerly BIOS 301 and BIOS 341). Biosciences Group A.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Novotny
Pre-requisites: (BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201)

BIOC 385 - FUNDAMENTALS OF CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE
Credits:
3
Cellular, molecular, and integrative mechanisms of neural function, including membrane and axon physiology, synaptic transmission and plasticity, and sensory and motor systems. Biosciences Group A. Cross-list: NEUR 385. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 585.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Caprette
Pre-requisites: BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201

BIOC 390 - TRANSFER CREDIT IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY
Credits:
3
For transfer of courses which have no current equivalent in the Rice curriculum, but which can be counted as Group A Biosciences courses, or as 300 level BIOC lecture courses, in satisfying requirements for majors in Biosciences.
Course Offered:
Instructor:

BIOC 393 - LABORATORY TRANSFER CREDIT IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY
Credits:
1
For transfer of an advanced laboratory course in the Biochemistry and Cel Biology that has no current equivalent in the Rice curriculum. Any student may receive a maximum of one credit of BIOC 393, formerly BIOS 393.
Course Offered: Fall, Spring
Instructor:

BIOC 401 - UNDERGRADUATE HONORS RESEARCH
Credits:
5
The Biochemistry and Cell Biology Honors Research Program is a suite of courses offering our seniors and advanced juniors the opportunity to perform a two-semester, individual research project in a research laboratory in Biochemistry & Cell Biology. Students having performed BIOS/BIOC 310 research in an off-campus laboratory in the Texas Medical Center will also be eligible to apply to perform honors research in that laboratory. The Honors Research Program courses function as a set and must all be taken in the same academic year. Registration for any of the courses requires a commitment to register for all three. Requires at least 15 hours of laboratory research per week, a proposal (revised from application), monthly reports, and a formal progress report (abstract, aims, progress toward aims, discussion of results, plans for the spring semester). Prerequisites: Research professor recommendation required. Application for admission required (BCB Honors Program OwlSpace Resources).  Either BIOC 401or BIOC 402, but not both, may count as a Biosciences Group A course.
Department permission required
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Braam
Pre-requisites: Strong performance in (BIOS 211 or BIOC 211) and (BIOS 310 or BIOC 310) and either (BIOS 301 or BIOC 301) or (BIOS 341 or BIOC 341).

BIOC 402 - UNDERGRADUATE HONORS RESEARCH
Credits:
5
The Biochemistry and Cell Biology Honors Research Program is a suite of courses offering our seniors and advanced juniors the opportunity to perform a two-semester, individual research project in a research laboratory in Biochemistry & Cell Biology. Students having performed BIOS/BIOC 310 research in an off-campus laboratory in the Texas Medical Center will also be eligible to apply to perform honors research in that laboratory. Registration for any of the courses requires a commitment to register for all three. Requires at least 15 hours of laboratory research per week, monthly reports, a thesis (substantial research paper) and a poster presentation at the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium. Either BIOC 401 or BIOC 402, but not both, may count as a Biosciences Group A course.
Instructor permission required
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Braam
Co-requisites: BIOC 412
Pre-requisites: BIOC 401
             

BIOC 405 - INDEPENDENT RESEARCH/INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Credits:
0
This independent research course offers multi-disciplinary training in the area of cellular engineering within the Departments of Bioengineering and Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Areas of research will include engineering of hard and soft tissue formation, cardiovascular tissue engineering, engineering cell surface interactions regulating movement and metabolic engineering. Students will conduct independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
Course Offered: Summer
Instructor: Braam

BIOC 412 - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SEMINAR
Credits:
1
This companion seminar requires attendance at course meetings and a formal scientific presentation of research performed while enrolled in the Honors Research Program. Corequisite: BIOC 402.
Instructor permission required
Course Offered:  Spring
Instructor: Zhong
Co-requisites: BIOC 402

BIOC 413 - EXPERIMENTAL MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Credits:
1
Course URL: http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~bios311/bios311/bios413/bios413.html
Application of strategies in molecular biology to investigate gene expression and function in Arabidopsis. Emphasis on experimental design, data analysis, and data interpretation. Experience in preparation of a scientific poster. Taught second half of spring semester.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Beason Abmayr; Eich
Pre-requisites: BIOS 311 OR BIOC 311 or permission of instructor

BIOC 415 - EXPERIMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY
Credits:
1
Course URL: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~bioslabs/bios415
Laboratory studies in membrane, nerve, and muscle physiology, with emphasis on experimental design, data analysis, and data interpretation.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Caprette
Pre-requisites: BIOS 311 OR BIOC 311


BIOC 424 - MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Credits:
3
Structure and functions of microorganisms with emphasis on their environmental, industrial and medical importance.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor:
Pre-requisites: (BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201) AND (BIOS 202 OR EBIO 202) AND (BIOS 301 OR BIOC 301) or permission of instructor

BIOC 425 - PLANT MOLECULAR GENETICS AND DEVELOPMENT
Credits:
3
Novel aspects of plant biology and development with emphasis on molecular and genetic mechanisms. Plant responses to the environment and the use of bioengineering and other means to develop new plant products will also be covered. Biosciences Group A.  Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 525.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Bartel
Pre-requisites: (BIOS 301 OR BIOC 301) AND (BIOS 341 OR BIOC 341) or permission of instructor

BIOC 443 - ADVANCED CONCEPTS AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS IN MODERN DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
Credits:
3
An advanced undergraduate and graduate level course, dedicated to analysis and evaluation of scientific inquiry into animal development. Textbook based lectures and discussions based on primary scientific literature are used to exemplify and evaluate concepts and methodology. Writing assignments, quizzes and a final exam will be used to evaluate performance. Biosciences Group A.  Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 544.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Lwigale
Pre-requisites: BIOS 341 OR BIOC 341 OR BIOS 301 OR BIOC 301 OR BIOS 344 OR BIOC 344 or permission of instructor

BIOC 445 - ADVANCED MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS
Credits:
3
Molecular and genetic aspects of the regulation of gene expression as seen in simple prokaryotic systems and the model eukaryotic systems used for studies of development. Biosciences Group A.  Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 545.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Stern
Pre-requisites: (BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201) AND (BIOS 301 OR BIOC 301) AND (BIOS 344 OR BIOC 344)

BIOC 450 – VIROLOGY
Credits:
3
Studies on the structure and function of viruses, focusing on analysis of the research literature. Includes student presentations (both oral and written) of research data and analyses.  Biosciences Group A.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Stewart; Tao
Pre-requisites: (BIOC 201 OR BIOS 201) AND (BIOC 301 OR BIOS 301) AND (BIOC 341 OR BIOS 341) AND (BIOC 344 OR BIOS 344) or permission of instructor

BIOC 460 - CANCER BIOLOGY
Credits:
3
Provides an integrated lecture series summarizing current knowledge in cancer biology and integrating current literature with basic concepts. Topics include: statistics of incidence/survival, types of cancer, pathology, the process of carcinogenesis and sources of carcinogens, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms and consequences, cancer progression, metastasis and current treatment options. Students will learn to use online databases to develop independent strategies for analyzing datasets. There will be several writing assignments and in class oral presentations of research articles. Biosciences Group A.  Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 560.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Farach-Carson
Pre-requisites: (BIOC 301 OR BIOS 301) AND (BIOC 341 OR BIOS 341)

BIOC 481 - MOLECULAR BIOPHYSICS I
Credits:
3
Focus on principles of common biophysical methods used for study of conformations and dynamics of biological macromolecules and assemblies. Topics cover spectroscopic methods (absorption, fluorescence, circular dichroism, epr, NMR), transport processes, sedimentation, calorimetry, mass spectrometry, crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, ligand-protein interactions, protein folding, single molecule detection, computer simulations, functional genomics and laboratory evolution. Biological examples will be used to demonstrate merits and complementarity in each of the biophysical methods.  Biosciences Group A.  Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 551.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: TBD
Pre-requisites: (BIOS 301 OR BIOC 301) AND (BIOS 352 OR BIOC 352) or permission of instructor

BIOC 482 - MOLECULAR BIOPHYSICS II
Credits:
3
Advanced treatment of X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, and electron microscopy. Emphasis on theory and application of these methods for the determination of the three-dimensional structure and dynamics of biological molecules and complexes.  Biosciences Group A.  Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 552. Recommended prerequisite(s): BIOC 301 and BIOC 352 (formerly BIOS 301 and BIOS 352).
Course Offered:
Instructor:


BIOC 520 - TEACHING BIOLOGY VIA ACTIVE LEARNING I
Credits:
3
Using the Scientific Teaching Approach, this course will teach teachers how to use active learning to engage students and provide teachers with in depth conceptual knowledge about biological fundamentals. This course will include hands-on-activities and discussions about biological concepts that include enzymes, mitosis and meiosis, genetics, biotechnology, natural selection and evolution. Connection themes in biology and will be highlighted throughout the course. Instructor permission required.
Instructor permission required
Course Offered:
Instructor: Beason-Abmayr; Eich 

BIOC 521 - TEACHING BIOLOGY VIA ACTIVE LEARNING II
Credits:
3
Using the Scientific Teaching Approach, this course will teach teachers how to use active learning to engage students and provide teachers with in depth conceptual knowledge about biological fundamentals. This course will include hands-on-activities and discussions about biological concepts that include enzymes, mitosis and meiosis, genetics, biotechnology, natural selection and evolution. Connection themes in biology and will be highlighted throughout the course. Recommended Prerequisite: BIOC 520. Instructor permission required.
Instructor permission required
Course Offered:
Instructor: Beason-Abmayr; Eich

BIOC 524 - MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
Credits:
3
Structure and functions of microorganisms with emphasis on their environmental, industrial and medical importance.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor:
Pre-requisites: (BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201) AND (BIOS 202 OR EBIO 202) AND (BIOS 301 OR BIOC 301)

 

BIOC 525 - PLANT MOLECULAR GENETICS AND DEVELOPMENT
Credits:
3
Novel aspects of plant biology and development with emphasis on molecular and genetic mechanisms. Plant responses to the environment and the use of bioengineering and other means to develop new plant products will also be covered Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 425.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Bartel
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

BIOC 530 - LAB MODULE IN NMR SPECTROSCOPY AND MOLECULAR MODELING
Credits:
2
The students will learn to set up, acquire, and process one-dimensional and basic two-dimensional NMR experiments. Spectral interpretation (3D molecular modeling of proteins and nucleic acids) for nucleic acids and proteins using homonuclear and heteronuclear data. Enrollment limited to 12, with priority to graduate students. Offered first half of the semester. BIOC 352 may be taken concurrently with BIOC 530.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Nikoniwicz; Moran
Pre-requisites: BIOS 352 OR BIOC 352 or permission of instructor

BIOC 532 - LABORATORY MODULE IN OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPY AND KINETICS
Credits:
2
Students learn the principles behind fluorescence, circular dichroism, analytical ultracentrifugation, spectroscopy and rapid kinetics by carrying out experiments with genetically engineered proteins and state-of-the-art equipment. Data will be interpreted and manipulated using curve-fitting and graphics software. Offered second half of the semester. Recommended Prerequisite(s): BIOC 352 (formerly BIOS 352) or equivalent. Concurrent or previous enrollment in BIOC 481 (formerly BIOS 481) or BIOC 551 (fomerly BIOS 551).
Course Offered:
Instructor:

BIOC 533 - BIOINFORMATICS & COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY
Credits:
2
An introduction to the emerging field of bioinformatics. A series of lectures, combined with hands-on exercises. The topics to be discussed include sequence comparison, structure analysis, phylogenetics, database searching, microarrays and proteomics. Recommended prerequisite(s): BIOC 301 (fomerly BIOS 301) or permission of instructor.
Course Offered:
Instructor:

BIOC 535 - PRACTICAL X-RAY CRYSTALLOGRAPHY
Credits:
2
This is an introduction to macromolecular crystallography with emphasis on crystallization methods, data acquisition, processing and molecular model-building. Approaches to solving structures will be discussed, as well as refinement of molecular models. Offered second half of the semester.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor: Tao

BIOC 540 - METABOLIC ENGINEERING
Credits:
3
Principles of metabolic engineering: overview of biochemical pathways; kinetics and thermodynamics of metabolic networks; genetic engineering and molecular biology tools; metabolic flux analysis using stoichiometric and labeling techniques; metabolic control analysis. Metabolic engineering in the postgenomic era; functional genomics and systems biology. Emerging applications: chemicals from biorenewables; food ingredients; health and disease. Cross-list: CHBE 640.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Gonzalez

BIOC 543 - SECONDARY METABOLISM
Credits:
3
A survey of the biosynthetic pathways leading to the major classes of natural products. Topics covered include the use of radioactive and stable isotopes, the synthesis of labeled organic compounds, mechanistic investigations of secondary metabolic enzymes, and the cloning and characterization of secondary metabolic genes. Cross-list: CHEM 543.
Course Offered:  Spring
Instructor: Parry
Pre-requisites: CHEM 212

BIOC 544 - ADVANCED CONCEPTS AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS IN MODERN DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
Credits:
3
An advanced undergraduate and graduate level course, dedicated to analysis and evaluation of scientific inquiry into animal development. Textbook-based lectures and discussions based on primary scientific literature are used to exemplify and evaluate concepts and methodology. Writing assignments, quizzes and a final exam will be used to evaluate performance. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 443.
Course Offered:  Spring
Instructor: Lwigale

BIOC 545 - ADVANCED MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS
Credits:
3
Molecular and genetic aspects of the regulation of gene expression as seen in simple prokaryotic systems and the model eukaryotic systems used for studies of development. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 445.               
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Stern
Pre-requisites: (BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201) AND (BIOS 202 OR EBIO 202) AND (BIOS 301 OR BIOC 301) AND (BIOS 344 OR BIOC 344) AND (BIOS 341 OR BIOC 341) or permission of instructor

BIOC 550 – VIROLOGY
Credits:
3
Studies on the structure and function of viruses, focusing on analysis of the research literature. Includes student presentations (both oral and written) of research data and analyses.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Stewart; Tao
Pre-requisites: (BIOC 201 OR BIOS 201) AND (BIOC 301 OR BIOS 301) AND (BIOC 341 OR BIOS 341) AND (BIOC 344 OR BIOS 344) or permission of instructor

BIOC 551 - MOLECULAR BIOPHYSICS
Credits:
3
Focus on principles of common biophysical methods used for study of conformations and dynamics of biological macromolecules and assemblies. Topics cover spectroscopic methods (absorption, fluorescence, circular dichroism, epr, NMR), transport processes, sedimentation, calorimetry, mass spectrometry, crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, ligand-protein interactions, protein folding, single molecule detection, computer simulations, functional genomics and laboratory evolution. Biological examples will be used to demonstrate merits and complementarity in each of the biophysical methods. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 481.
Instructor permission required
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: TBD

BIOC 552 - MOLECULAR BIOPHYSICS II
Credits:
3
Advanced treatment of X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, and electron microscopy. Emphasis on theory and application of these methods for the determination of the three-dimensional structure and dynamics of biological molecules and complexes. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 482. Recommended prerequisite(s): BIOC 301 and BIOC 352 (formerly BIOS 301 and BIOS 352).
Course Offered:
Instructor:

BIOC 560 - CANCER BIOLOGY
Credits:
3
Provides an integrated lecture series summarizing current knowledge in cancer biology and integrating current literature with basic concepts. Topics include: statistics of incidence/survival, types of cancer, pathology, the process of carcinogenesis and sources of carcinogens, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms and consequences, cancer progression, metastasis and current treatment options. Students will learn to use online databases to develop independent strategies for analyzing datasets. There will be several writing assignments and in class oral presentations of research articles. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 460.
Course Offered:
Instructor: Farach-Carson
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Graduate

 

BIOC 564 – PEDIATRIC GLOBAL HEALTH
Credits:
1
This one-credit course features a series of lectures and discussions on important aspects of pediatric global health affecting developing countries. Visiting pediatric faculty will explore various diseases and health issues and will discuss current and future medical and public health management and treatment efforts in their fields. Course work will include reading and discussion as well as a final paper. Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 364.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Ware
Pre-requisites: BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201

BIOC 571 - BIOINFORMATICS: SEQUENCE ANALYSIS
Credits:
3
Course URL: http://www.cs.rice.edu/~nakhleh/COMP571/
Pairwise and multiple sequence alignment, Markov chains and HMMs, Phylogenetic reconstruction, Haplotype inference, Computational models of RNA structure, Gene finding, Genome rearrangements, and comparative genomics. Cross-list: COMP 571.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Nakhleh

BIOC 572 - BIOINFORMATICS: NETWORK ANALYSIS
Credits:
3
Course URL: http://www.cs.rice.edu/~nakhleh/COMP572/
This course covers computational aspects of biological network analysis, a major theme in the area of systems biology. The course addresses protein-protein interaction networks, signaling, and metabolic networks, and covers issues related to reconstructing, analyzing, and integrating various types of networks. Cross-list: BIOE 564, COMP 572.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Nakhaleh

BIOC 575 - INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH
Credits:
1
Introduction of first-year graduate students to the research programs and laboratories of individual faculty members. Open only to BCB graduate students.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Braam

BIOC 576 - FOUNDATIONS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
Credits:
1
Graduate level introduction to a wide range of research methods in biosciences and bioengineering. Individual faculty members from the Biosciences and Bioengineering will each present practices and techniques for their areas of expertise. A web-based methods database will be constructed, with student involvement, from the library of lectures. Cross-list: BIOE 576.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: West

BIOC 577 - FOUNDATIONS OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
Credits:
1
Graduate level introduction to a wide range of research methods in biosciences and bioengineering. Individual faculty members from the biosciences and bioengineering will each present practices and techniques for their areas of expertise. A web-based methods database will be constructed, with student involvement, from the library of lectures. Cross-list: BIOE 577.
Course Offered:  Spring
Instructor: West

BIOC 578 - BIOTECHNOLOGY PRACTICUM
Credits:
1
This course is part of the NIH Biotechnology Training Program and is limited to program participants. Students will receive exposure and training in cutting edge concepts and technologies. Cross-list: BIOE 578.
Course Offered:
Instructor:

BIOC 580 - PROTEIN ENGINEERING
Credits:
3
Manipulation of gene expression in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Rational design and directed solutions for cell and protein engineering. Selection and screening technologies and process optimization. Synthetic Biology: engineering and application of gene circuits. Molecular biotechnology applications: Diagnosis, Therapeutics and Vaccines. Cross-list: BIOE 580, CHBE 580. CHBE 310/510 or equivalent is highly recommended.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Segatori

BIOC 581 - GRADUATE SEMINAR IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY
Credits:
1
A discussion of selected research topics. Required of all Biochemistry and Cell Biology graduate students. Open only to BCB graduate students.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Braam

BIOC 582 - GRADUATE SEMINAR IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY
Credits:
1
A discussion of selected research topics. Required of all Biochemistry and Cell Biology graduate students. Open only to BCB graduate students.
Course Offered:  Spring
Instructor: Braam

BIOC 583 - MOLECULAR INTERACTIONS
Credits:
4
First of two integrated classes taken by first-year graduate students in BCB (to be followed by BIOC 588, Cellular Interactions). Covers advanced topics in biochemistry, ranging from protein and nucleic acid synthesis, folding, function, and engineering to allostery, dynamics, and degradation with an emphasis on fundamental principles, research methodologies, problem solving, and critical analysis of primary literature. Enrollment limited to BCB graduate students.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor:

BIOC 585 - FUNDAMENTALS OF CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE
Credits:
3
Cellular, molecular, and integrative mechanisms of neural function, including membrane and axon physiology, synaptic transmission and plasticity, and sensory and motor systems.  Graduate/Undergraduate Equivalency: BIOC 385.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Caprette
Pre-requisites: BIOS 201 OR BIOC 201

BIOC 587 - GRADUATE SEMINAR FOR 1ST YEAR GRADUATE STUDENTS IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY
Credits:
3
Preparation and presentation of research proposals. Open only to BCB graduate students.
Course Offered:  Spring
Instructor: Wagner; Bennett

BIOC 588 - CELLULAR INTERACTIONS
Credits:
4
Second of two integrated classes taken by first-year graduate students in BCB (following BIOC 583, Molecular Interactions). Covers advanced topics in genetics, cell biology, and developmental biology, focusing on cellular, tissue, and organismal structure and function with an emphasis on fundamental principles, research methodologies, and critical analysis of primary literature.Enrollment limited to BCB graduate students.
Course Offered: Spring
Instructor:

BIOC 589 - COMPUTATIONAL MOLECULAR BIOENGINEERING/BIOPHYSICS
Credits:
3
This is a course designed for students in computationally-oriented biomedical and bioengineering majors to introduce the principles and methods used for the simulations and modeling of macromolecules of biological interest. Protein conformation and dynamics are emphasized. Empirical energy function and molecular dynamics calculations, as well as other approaches, are described. Specific biological problems are discussed to illustrate the methodology. Cross-list: BIOE 589. Recommended Prerequisite(s): MATH 212, (BIOS 301 or BIOC 301), BIOE 332.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Ma

BIOC 590 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY
Credits:
1
Development of specific topic areas at the graduate level.
Enrollment limited to BCB graduate students.
Instructor permission required
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Silberg; Bennett

BIOC 592 - SEMINAR IN COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY
Credits:
1
A discussion of selected research topics in computational biology. Cross-list: KECK 592.  
Course Offered: Fall & Spring
Instructor:

BIOC 593 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY
Credits:
1
Discussion of selected research topics in current plant biology literature. Enrollment limited to BCB graduate students.
Course Offered: Fall & Spring
Instructor: Braam & Bartel

BIOC 599 - GRADUATE TEACHING IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY
Credits:
1
Supervised instruction in teaching biochemistry and cell biology. Enrollment limited to BCB graduate students.
Course Offered: Fall & Spring
Instructor: Braam; Purugganan

BIOC 643 - CELL MECHANICS, MECHANOTRANSDUCTION AND THE CELL MICROENVIRONMENT
Credits:
3
Mechanotransduction is a fundamental process essential for living systems and plays a fundamental role in cell signaling, cancer metastasis and stem cell differentiation. Additionally, fundamental biological processes such as endocytosis cell fusion and cell migration are driven by a coordinated interplay of molecular interactions that drive membrane deformation. This course will survey the current understanding of mechanotransduction and the mechanical properties of cells and their microenvironment, including membrane and cytoskeletal mechanics. Experimental approaches for measuring and manipulating the material properties of cells and their environment; including optical, electrical and magnetic techniques will be covered. A variety of application will be covered, including manipulation in engineering of mechanotransduction pathways to drive cell migration and stem cell differentiation. Cross-list: BIOE 643, PHYS 643.
Instructor permission required
Course Offered:
Instructor: Raphael

BIOC 701 - GRADUATE LAB RESEARCH I
Credits:
Hours Variable
Graduate research in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Designed for short term laboratory projects for first year graduate students. Recommended prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in Biochemistry and Cell Biology.
Course Offered: Fall
Instructor: Braam; BCB Faculty

BIOC 702 - GRADUATE LAB RESEARCH II
Credits:
Hours Variable
Graduate research in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Designed for short term laboratory projects for first year graduate students. Recommended prerequisite(s): Graduate standing in Biochemistry and Cell Biology.
Course Offered:  Spring
Instructor: Braam; BCB Faculty

BIOC 777 - VISITING RESEARCH TRAINEE
Credits:
0
Course Offered: Summer
Instructor:

BIOC 800 - BIOCHEMISTRY & CELL BIOLOGY GRADUATE RESEARCH
Credits:
Hours Variable
Course Offered: Fall & Spring
Instructor: BCB Faculty
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Graduate

 

 

 

 

Updated August 5, 2012