BIOC 1102. Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. (4.5 Credit Hours)

The Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics course provides a description of biological structures and molecular function, providing the foundations for the basic medical sciences. Molecular structure, metabolic pathways, gene expression and human genetics will receive major emphasis in this introductory course.Case studies of metabolic and genetic disorders are presented to illustrate the implications of biochemistry, molecular biology and genetic principles for human health.

BIOC 1112. Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics. (4.5 Credit Hours)

An introductory molecular description of biological structure and function. Normal metabolism and gene expression are given the major emphasis. Several common genetic diseases and metabolic disorders serve to contrast normal and perturbed human biochemistry, as well as demonstrate the clinical implications of human biochemistry.

BIOC 1122. Problem-Based-Learning (PBL) Biochem. (1 Credit Hour)

This elective is an advanced medical biochemistry course that is offered as an enhancement to the traditional Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics course (BIOC 1102).It is designed for those students with a background in biochemistry or those who are interested in going beyond the scope of the traditional course.Students who are intellectually inquisitive and those who are interactive by nature likely will benefit from and enjoy involvement in this course. The course utilizes a problem-based learning format focused on clinical case presentations of biochemical interest.The course employs a small group discussion format that demands active participation by all group members. The case study sessions provide a forum in which students develop problem-solving skills and achieve a deeper understanding of biochemical principles and processes as applied to clinical situations.In the sessions, the students play the dominant role in developing hypotheses, analyzing information and setting learning goals and objectives based on the information supplied in the case write-up. The role of the group facilitator in this scenario is not that of a director who leads the discussion, or as a source of information to be tapped by the group. Rather, the facilitator's role centers around keeping the discussion appropriately on track, drawing all members of the group into the discussion and ensuring that a sufficient depth of understanding is attained by the group.