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BMB Courses, Draft 2006-2007

Overview of Requirements
Goal is to provide BMB graduate students with a rigorous and complete education in the underlying principles and practice of modern biochemistry and molecular biology. The following is a general outline of requirements for BMB students
  1. Pass Core Courses and Requirements with a "B" or better
  2. Three Laboratory rotations
  3. Attend CDB seminars, journal clubs
  4. Pass qualifying examination
  5. Write, defend thesis
  6. Enroll in 12-16 credit-hours/quarter

Specific BMB Requirements and Electives


CON series of classes
BMB Requirements
Advanced Molecular Biology
Membrane Biochemistry
BMB Electives
Students must take at least one approved course offered by Departments participating in PMCB or by NGP.
Examples of typical electives for BMB students
BCMB 618: Protein Structure and Design.(Not offered this year).
Physical Biochemistry ????
NGP Classes

Time Table for BMB Classes

1st Year

  • Fall
Practice and Ethics of Science (2 credits) CON 650
Structure and Function of Biological Molecules (3 credits) CON 661
Genetic Mechanisms (3 credits) CON 662
PMCB Literature and Journal Club (2 credits) CON 605
Research Rotation (6 credits) CON 601
  • Winter
Bioregulation (3 credits) CON 663
Cell Structure and Function (3 credits) CON 664
PMCB Literature and Journal Club (2 credits) CON 605
Research Rotation (8 credits) CON 601
  • Spring
Molecular Biophysics and Experimental
Bioinformatics (3 credits) CON 668
1 of 2
Organ Systems (3 credits) CON 667; Development, Differentiation and Cancer (3 credits) CON 665
PMCB Literature and Journal Club (2 credits) CON 605
Research Rotation (8 credits) CON 601

2nd Year

Required Classes

BCMB 619
Designed for 2nd year BMB students to hone their presentation skills, specifically, how to present scientific data clearly, concisely and accurately.
BMCB 607 Departmental Seminars
An opportunity to learn the latest research in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Weekly seminars are presented by local and visiting scientists.

Didactic Classes

  • Fall
Elective outside Department
Student should discuss with mentor to identify appropriate class.
  • Winter
BCMB 620
Membrane Biochemistry. The composition of biological membranes and the functional aspects of their composition; models of membrane structure, membrane function, and mechanisms of membrane transport.
  • Spring
Advanced Molecular Biology: Topics and Methods in Modern Molecular Biology
An advanced graduate course with an emphasis on the latest research from the primary literature along with in-depth presentation of the basic concepts of biochemistry and molecular biology. Topics will be chosen from areas of expertise among the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology faculty, including properties of nucleotides and nucleic acids, the composition and structure of eukaryotic chromatin, eukaryotic gene expression, DNA replication, RNA transcription, RNA splicing and metabolism, and protein translation.
  • Summer
Scientific Writing Class
This course is an in-depth professional science writing course open to all OHSU researchers. The writing program has two main elements: the weekly two-hour seminar and the weekly individual tutorial.

3rd Year ?????

BCMB 621
Biophysical chemistry of macromolecules. Prequisites, Physical Chemistry or Approval of Course Director. David Farrens to email students about Physical Chemistry background.

Time Table for 2007-2008

  • Fall
Advanced Molecular Biology
  • Winter
Biophysical Chemistry
  • Spring
Membrane Biochemistry

Graduate Courses

Medical School Courses

Curriculum Development General References

Designing and Assessing Courses and Curricula: A Practical Guide by Robert Diamond (text will be available in Hoatlin Lab)

Charting Your Course: How to Prepare to Teach More Effectively , by Richard Pergente

Article referencing OWW

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