BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY - Dept. Code:  BMB
http://biomed.miami.edu/?p=196(Code for the major is BCH)

BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY - Dept. Code:  BMB
http://biomed.miami.edu/default.asp?p=818
(Code for the major is BCH)

INTRODUCTION

Biochemistry is the chemistry of life. It includes or has large areas of overlap with molecular biology, biophysics, structural biology, cell biology, metabolism, neuroscience, nutrition, genetics, etc. It tries to explain what happens in living organisms and how biological processes are regulated. It is a relatively young science. Our understanding is still developing and students (and faculty) can learn something that is totally new every day.
An Undergraduate Major in one of our two tracks, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Biochemistry and Nutrition, provides an excellent preparation for:

1.  Medical School

2. Graduate Studies in all basic medical sciences:
Biochemistry Molecular Biology
Cell Biology Genetics
Neurobiology Microbiology
Immunology Pharmacology
Biophysics Physiology
Bio-informatics Biology
Nutrition Environmental Science
and others
3. Industry
Biotechnology Pharmaceutical
Food Production Food processing
4. Patent Law
5. Allied Health Professions
Nutrition Dentistry
Forensics Veterinary Medicine
Toxicology Clinical Chemistry
Environmental Science
6. Non-Health Professions
Chemistry
Physics
Scientific Publishing

INTERESTING ARTICLES

Kornberg A, “How I became a biochemist.” IUBMB Life. 2002; 53: 3: 185-6.  12102176
Kornberg A, “Biochemistry matters.” Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2004; 11: 6: 493. 15164002


EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology intends to provide its students with the best possible opportunities to master the subject and become independent learners.
DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology offers an undergraduate B.S. degree as a member of the College of Arts & Sciences. It also offers the following graduate degrees: Ph.D. and combined M.D. and Ph.D. It offers a Molecular Medicine Pathway for medical students.


MAJOR

A major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology leading to a Bachelor of Science degree requires a thorough foundation in chemistry and biology or microbiology and good background knowledge of physics and mathematics.
Students can select one of the two following tracks.

Track 1: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Minimum requirements:

1. 16 credits from the courses offered by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology plus at least 16 credits in chemistry and at least 19 credits in biology. Examples of courses that can be taken for this track of the major are BMB 145, 151, 245, 251, 260, 401, 411, 501, 506, 507, 509, 511 and 545. Courses printed in bold letters are absolutely required. Courses printed in italics can be taken more than once. Students are encouraged to take at least one semester of BMB 545 (Research Problems in BMB The Department will make its own independent determination on a case-by-case basis concerning the equivalency of courses taken at other universities.

A UM cumulative grade point average of 2.9 is required to declare a BCH major or minor. Transfer students can only declare a BCH major if they have a grade point average of 3.5.  A grade of C or better must be earned in each Biochemistry and Molecular Biology course.

2.  Required Biology and/or Microbiology courses are:
BIL 150, 151, 160, 250, 252 or 256 or 251 (252 is preferred), 255 plus
BIL 355 (Developmental Biology) or MIC 301. All the 200-level courses should be completed during the first five semesters.

3. Required Chemistry courses include completion of either (i) the traditional series CHM 111/113, 112/114, 201/205, and 202/206 or (ii) the bioscience series CHM 121/113, 221/114, 222/205, and 206.
The courses in either series should be completed before the end of the sophomore year.
Chemistry 304 and/or 331 are recommended.

4. Mathematics: MTH 161 and 162 or 171 and 172.

5. Physics:
For students contemplating graduate studies: PHY 201 or 205, 202 or 206 and 207 plus laboratories or PHY 205 and 210 plus 2 physics laboratory classes. For students not contemplating graduate studies: PHY 101 and 102 plus labs are acceptable.

Track 2: Biochemistry & Nutrition

Minimum requirements:

1. 16 credits from the courses offered by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology plus at least 16 credits in chemistry and at least 19 credits in biology. Examples of courses that can be taken for this track of the major are BMB 145, 151, 245, 251, 260, 401, 411, 417 (BCH of Food & Nutrition), 506, 501, 5XX (Nutrigenetics), 5YY (Applied Nutrition), 511 and 545. Courses printed in bold letters are absolutely required. Courses printed in italics can be taken more than once. Students are encouraged to take at least one semester of BMB 545 (Research Problems in BMB). The Department will make its own independent determination on a case-by-case basis concerning the equivalency of courses taken at other universities.

A UM cumulative grade point average of 2.9 is required to declare a BCH major or minor. Transfer students can only declare a BCH major if they have a grade point average of 3.5. A grade of C or better must be earned in each Biochemistry and Molecular Biology course.

2.  Required Biology and/or Microbiology courses are:
BIL 150, 151, 160, 250, 252 or 256 or 251, 255 plus MIC 301.
All the 200-level courses should be completed during the first five semesters.

3. Required Chemistry courses include completion of either (i) the traditional series CHM 111/113, 112/114, 201/205, and 202/206 or (ii) the bioscience series CHM 121/113, 221/114, 222/205, and 206 .
These courses should be completed before the end of the sophomore year.
Chemistry 304 and /or 331 are recommended.

4. Mathematics: MTH 161 and 162 or 171 and 172.

5. Physics:
For students contemplating graduate studies: PHY 201 or 205, 202 or 206 and 207 plus laboratories or PHY 205 and 210 plus 2 physics laboratory classes. For students not contemplating graduate studies: PHY 101 and 102 plus labs are acceptable.

Variations of the above program are feasible for students entering with advanced standing on the basis of placement tests or for transfer students but only with the express permission of the biochemistry advisor.


Dual Degree Honors Program

The Honors Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (HPBMB) is offered to mature high school seniors with strong academic ability and achievement who seek careers in biological or biomedical science. Students can earn both a Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in approximately 6 years. For information see http://www.miami.edu/admission/index.php/undergraduate_admission/academics/dual_degree_honors/


MINOR

Minimum requirements are: 

1. 10 credits in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology track or 10 credits in the Biochemistry and Nutrition track. BMB 401 and 506 are required. Students must have all the courses that are a prerequisite for BMB 401 and 506. The remaining credits may come from any of the courses offered by the Department. Students should become familiar with the credit sharing rules. Credits for a minor cannot be used for a major. Credits can be shared between two majors.

2. The Department will make its own independent determination on a case-by-case basis concerning the equivalency of courses taken at other universities.
A grade of C or better must be earned in each Biochemistry and Molecular Biology course.

For graduate programs or combined Ph.D.-M.D. programs, consult the Bulletin of the Graduate School.

Registration in all 500-level courses requires permission from the Biochemistry advisor or course coordinator.


DEPARTMENTAL HONORS

Departmental honors can be earned by biochemistry majors who have:

1. successfully completed two semesters of research (5 or 6 credits of BMB 545). This research must be described in a brief thesis that needs to be approved by three BMB faculty members.

2. a 3.5 or higher grade point average in all BMB courses.

3. at least a 3.3 average for all their courses taken at the University of Miami.

For general honors see elsewhere in this Bulletin.