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Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of life. This program is intended for those interested in the chemical and molecular aspects of the life sciences and the reactions that underpin living systems, such as those that provide cells with energy to perform myriad activities and functions and the biosynthetic reactions that enable cells to repair, grow, and divide. The Biochemistry program provides a mechanism to study the chemistry of molecules found in living organisms—in particular proteins, DNA and RNA, lipids and carbohydrates— all within state-of-the-art labs equipped with the very latest in technology and instrumentation.

As a field, Biochemistry has a wide range of applications as it is applied to:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Food science
  • Toxicology
  • Biotechnology
  • Forensics
  • Agriculture

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
BIO110 Biology for Science Majors 4

This course will examine in depth concepts of cellular biology, mitosis, meiosis, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, gene expression, recombinant DNA technology, and evolutionary mechanisms. (Lab fee) Offered in fall semester

BIO111L Biology lab 0

BIO 111 (4 credits) Biology I for Non-Science Majors This course will examine basic concepts of cellular biology, developmental biology, genetic variation and heredity, and evolution. Laboratory sessions will involve mitosis, embryology, heredity and recombinant DNA technology, and biochemical evolution. (Lab fee)

BIO112 Biology 2 3

This course will survey the types of organisms representing the diversity of life on the planet and explore the form and function of plants and animals as well as animal behavior. Prerequisite: BIO 110

BIO112L Biology 2 Lab 1

BIO 112L (1 credit) Biology II for Science Majors Laboratory Laboratory sessions will involve an investigation of the structure and development of plants, the body design and physiology of invertebrates and vertebrates, and selected field work in animal behavior. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 112

BIO210 Genetics 3

This course studies Mendelian inheritance, chromosome abnormalities, cytogenetics, sex determination, and linkage. Genetic recombination, molecular genetics, and biochemical and population genetics will be addressed, as well as the social impact of cloning and other genetic techniques. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO 110 and BIO 112 lecture

BIO210L Genetics Lab 1

Laboratory sessions include recombination analysis in bacteria, viruses, and Drosophila as well as studying the effects of mutations. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 210

BIO260 Microbiology 3

This course investigates the taxonomy, morphology, pathogenicity, and growth requirements of representative viruses, bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO 110 lecture and BIO 112 lecture

BIO260L Microbiology Lab 1

Laboratory sessions include aseptic technique, staining, isolation, culture, and identification of microbes as well as diagnostic biochemical reactions, identification of unknown organisms, and immunological techniques. (Lab fee) Corequisite: BIO 260

BIO410 Evolution 3

This course examines in detail the processes of chemical and biological evolution and tracks the history of life on earth. Concepts will include microevolution, macroevolution, the origin of species, and the origin of major evolutionary innovations. Social Darwinism will be addressed, particularly in terms of how this theory is relevant to understanding the basics and development of sociology and the fundamental differences between society and organisms. Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in BIO 110 or BIO 111

CHE120 Chemistry 1 3

Chemistry I is an introduction to the fundamental facts and principles of chemistry. Topics considered will include: chemical stoichiometry, atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, thermochemistry, and physical states of matter. Prerequisite: MAT 104

CHE120L Chemistry 1 Lab 1

Laboratory experiences will include experiments that illustrate concepts presented in lecture, as well as introduce the students to experimental design, computer/instrument interfacing, and the statistical treatment of data. (Lab fee) Corequisite: CHE 120

CHE121 Chemistry 2 3

This course is a continuation of CHE 120. Topics considered will include: solutions, reaction rates, chemical equilibrium, precipitation reactions, acids and bases, reaction spontaneity, redox reactions, and electrochemistry. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in CHE 120 lecture or the equivalent, MAT 112

CHE121L Chemistry 2 Lab 1

Laboratory experiences include experiments that illustrate concepts presented in lecture, as well as introduce the student to experimental design, computer/instrument interfacing, and the statistical treatment of data. (Lab fee) Corequisite: CHE 121

CHE220 Organic Chemistry 1 3

This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles of organic chemistry. Topics covered will include stereochemistry, reaction mechanisms, basic nomenclature, and the recognition of basic functional groups. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in CHE120 lecture and CHE121 lecture

CHE220L Organic Chemistry 1 Lab 1

Laboratory exercises will focus on basic techniques of organic synthesis and isolation of organic compounds. Laboratory skills and safety procedures will be stressed. (Lab fee) Corequisite: CHE 220

CHE221 Organic Chemistry 2 3

This course is a continuation of CHE 220. Topics covered will include an examination of the higher structural classes and functional groups. Organic synthesis and spectroscopic methodologies will be explored. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in CHE 220 lecture

CHE221L Organic Chemistry 2 Lab 1

This is a continuation of CHE 220L. Laboratory exercises will focus on the characterization of organic compounds by spectroscopic and chemical techniques. (Lab fee) Corequisite: CHE 221

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research & Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

MAT120 Statistics 3

This is an introduction to the basic descriptive and inferential statistics for students from all disciplines. It emphasizes the development of statistical literacy and the use of computer for analyzing data. Topics include principles of experimental design; graphical and numerical methods for summarizing, describing, exploring and analyzing data; binomial and normal probability distributions; point and interval estimates for means and proportions; hypothesis testing; and correlation and regression. Offered both semesters

MAT130 Pre-Calculus 3

This course is an overview of algebra, trigonometry and analytic geometry. It is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and mathematically sound treatment of topics needed for calculus. The topics include, functions and graphs; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; matrices; vectors; and three-dimensional coordinate geometry. Prerequisite: MAT 112 or appropriate placement test score

MAT221 Calculus 1 3

This course is part of a two-semester sequence (221-222), covering materials on limits, continuity, derivative of a function, techniquest of differentiation, and applications of derivatives. It prepares students for further study of MAT222, Calculus II. This is an applied calculus course with less emphasis on theoretical rigor. Instead, the emphasis is on basic concepts, methods, and applications. Prerequisite: MAT130 or appropriate test score.

MAT222 Calculus 2 3

This course is part of a two-semester sequence (221-222), covering materials on techniques of integration, differential equations, and their applications. This is an applied calculus course with less emphasis on theoretical rigor. Instead, the emphasis is on basic concepts, methods, and applications. Prerequisite: MAT 221 or the equivalent

PHS101 College Physics 1 3

This is a non-calculus based introduction to the principles of physics and their applications. The topics covered include kinematics, Newtons laws of motion, work energy, momentum, and rotational motion. Prerequisite: MAT 112

PHS101L College Physics 1 Lab 1

Laboratory sessions will include exercises using computer-interfaced physics equipment and will involve applications of theoretical concepts introduced in PHS 101. (Lab fee) Corequisite: PHS 101

PHS102 College Physics 2 3

This course is a continuation of PHS 101. The topics include oscillatory and wave motion, thermal physics, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Prerequisite: PHS 101

PHS102L College Physics 2 Lab 1

Laboratory sessions will include exercises using computer-interfaced physics equipment and will involve applications of theoretical concepts introduced in PHS 102. (Lab fee) Corequisite: PHS 102

WEL100 Women as Empowered Learners & Leaders 3

Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders is an interdisciplinary course, designed to give all students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for their education. This course is an introduction to the University, to academic study, and to various approaches to thinking about personal potential, to understand the process of becoming a learner, and a leader, and composing a life, to appreciate beauty, and work actively toward establishing community and justice in the context of being a woman at the beginning of the 21st century.

WEL310 Strategies for Career and Personal Growth 1

(This course is graded Pass/Fail.) In their junior year before the opening of the spring semester, baccalaureate degree students will be offered a special opportunity to learn up-to-date information about the current work world in an intensive two-and-a-half-day workshop format. Students will meet successful professionals who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of their respective fields and help students prepare for interviews as well as learn how to navigate the early stages of their new careers.

WEL400 WELL in Practice 3

By WEL400, you will be ready to blend all the skills you have learned during the WELL program—leadership, critical thinking, research, writing, analysis, and public presentation—with a community service project. Empathy, respect, and tolerance are the core human values that are stressed. It’s what every good leader needs to confidently show the way.