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Courses and course materials

Listed below are all course requirements for the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Graduate Program including course name and number, quarters offered, units, and instructors.

Required core courses

BP 205 A: Physical Underpinings of Biological Systems

Fall
4 units
James Fraser

The course is a hands-on, project-based course that integrates deep mutational profiling, automated microscopy, and computational biology.

BP 204 A: Macromolecular Interactions

Fall
4 units
Robert Stroud

This course seeks to achieve a rigorous understanding of the physical principles of macromolecular structure and interactions, and the methods used to define the molecular basis for macromolecular interactions and their function in biology. BP 204 B (winter quarter) expands to more specialized discussion of protein-protein and nucleic acid interactions, trans membrane proteins and protein assemblies. This is not required for Chemistry and Chemical Biology students but may be taken as an elective.

CHEM 243: Chemical Biology

Winter
5 units
Charles Craik

This survey course is team-taught and designed to illustrate the use of chemical approaches to investigate biological processes at the biochemical, the cellular, and the organismal levels.

CHEM 244: Reaction Mechanisms

Winter
3 units
Danica Galonić Fujimori

This course is designed to develop knowledge of organic reaction mechanisms. This interactive course involves some lectures, but enforces student learning through intensive arrow-pushing sessions with students at the board. Current topics include: electrocyclic reactions, Woodward-Hoffman rules, sigmatropic reactions, migration reactions, neighboring group effects, carbanions and free radicals, carbenes, carbenoids, nitrenes, six-membered heterocyclic rings, five-membered heterocyclic rings.

Other Required Courses

CHEM 170: NSF Writing Workshop

Fall
1 unit
Zev Gartner

First-year students meet weekly to hone their grant-writing skills with the objective of submitting a fellowship proposal to the National Science Foundation.

PHARM CHEM 206: Laboratory Rotation

Fall/winter/spring, first year only
3-unit rotation
Faculty

CHEM 219: Special Topics in Chemical Biology (mini courses)

Spring
3 units each
Faculty

Mini courses are short intensives and subject offerings change annually. Students are expected to take at least one mini course outside the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Program.

PHARM CHEM 221: Seminar Program (BBC Seminar Series)

Fall/winter/spring
1 unit
Charles Craik

Selected topics by guest lecturers

PHARM CHEM 223: CCB Student Seminar Program

Fall/winter/spring
1 unit
Charles Craik

This seminar provides graduate students with a forum in which to develop seminar and poster presentation skills, critically organize and critically review scientific data, and analyze and question oral scientific presentations.

PHARM CHEM 225: Graduate Research Opportunities (BBC Pizza Talks)

Fall/winter, first year only
1 unit
Charles Craik

This course offers first-year students a series of weekly presentations on research interests of basic science faculty. The purpose is to acquaint new graduate students with research projects and opportunities in faculty laboratories.

CHEM 297: QBC Journal Club

Fall/winter/spring
1 unit each
Charles Craik

QBC Journal Club, critical review of published scientific papers from scholarly journals, including comprehension, analysis, and evaluation of published scientific data.

PHARM CHEM 250: Research

Fall/winter/spring
8 units
Thesis advisor

PHARM CHEM 266: Research Planning Conference

Fall/winter/spring
1 unit
Thesis advisor

Discussion and practice in research problem formulation and design selection. Core classes and small group sessions are organized around students' interests by faculty within the area of specialization.

BIOCHEM 212:  Best Teaching Assistant Training Course (second-year students)

Fall
1 unit
Tracy Fulton

This course is intended to enrich and structure the teaching experience of graduate students teaching this year, and to provide a foundation for their development as teachers throughout their careers. It will introduce and demonstrate techniques, theories, and practices that underlie effective science teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Participants practice and receive feedback on their use of new teaching techniques.

BMS 214: Ethics and the Responsible Conduct of Research

Spring second year, eight sessions
1 unit
Faculty

Sessions cover data management, animals in research, human subjects in research, rules and etiquette of publications, procedures and rules of grants, corporate-academic interactions.

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