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Andrew Mehl

Professor & Chair of Biochemistry

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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

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Requirements

Requirements for the major

10 credits as follows:

    • BIOL 120, CHEM 102 or 102A, CHEM 211, CHEM 212
    • BCHM 265, BCHM 301, BCHM 302, BCHM 310
    • One elective from among the following list: BCHM 333, BCHM 334, BCHM 335, BCHM 340, BCHM 345, CHEM 215, CHEM 325, BIOL 328, BIOL 332, or BIOL 338.
    • The senior capstone experience, requiring a research project or in-depth library project: BCHM 399 or BCHM 400.



Graduate School Preparation

    Students considering a graduate school in Biochemistry (especially those programs housed in a Chemistry Department) should, in addition to the above, take: MATH 151, MATH 152, CHEM 321, and CHEM 321A.


Requirements for the minor

5 courses as follows:

  • BIOL 120 (Cell Biology and Physiology)
  • CHEM 211 and CHEM 212 (Organic Chemistry)
  • BCHM 301 and BCHM 302 (Structure and Function; Chemistry of Metabolism)

Note: Students double majoring in Biochemistry and Biology may count no more than 3 courses to both majors. Students double majoring in Biochemistry and Chemistry may count no more than 4 courses to both majors. For major-minor combinations of Biochemistry and either Biology or Chemistry, no more than 2 courses may apply simultaneously to both programs.

Course Descriptions

BCHM 248. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

BCHM 265. Cell Biology. (1)

A comprehensive survey of the structures and functions of the cell. Organelles, membranes, and cellular processes are examined with an emphasis on biochemical aspects. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120 and 130, or CHEM 212; O; Offered annually, usually fall; J. Kirkley;

BCHM 295. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Biochemistry not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

BCHM 301. Biochemistry I: Structure and Function. (1)

A survey of the chemical and physical nature of biological macromolecules, including nucleic acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates, and the biochemistry of enzyme catalysis, bioenergetics, and regulatory mechanisms. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 212 and BIOL 120; Offered annually, usually spring; J. Kirkley; A. Mehl;

BCHM 302. Biochemistry II: Chemistry of Metabolism. (1)

A survey of metabolism focusing on major biochemical pathways and molecular biology. Prerequisite(s): BCHM 301; Offered annually, usually winter; J. Kirkley; A. Mehl;

BCHM 310. Biochemical Methods. (1)

The principles and techniques of experimental biochemistry, focusing on methods of isolation and techniques to analyze structure and function. Prerequisite(s): CHEM 212 and BIOL 120; W; Offered annually, usually spring; J. Kirkley; A. Mehl;

BCHM 333. Modern Biochemical Instrumentation. (1)

A survey into the current instrumentation used in biochemical research. This will include spectroscopic techniques (UV-Vis, IR, CD, NMR, EPR, and uses of mass spectroscopy). Additional techniques will include, but not be limited to, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and rheometry. The laboratory will provide insight into identification of biological molecules and also interactions between molecules. Prerequisite(s): BCHM 301 (Biochemistry majors) or permission of the instructor (others); Offered alternate years, usually spring; A. Mehl;

BCHM 334. Proteins and Enzymes. (1)

A thorough examination of proteins, focusing on how the structure of a protein relates to its function and how enzymatic activity is achieved. Classical and modern techniques that are used for mechanistic investigation of enzymes are discussed. Prerequisite(s): BCHM 301 (Biochemistry majors) or permission of the instructor (others); Offered alternate years, usually spring; A. Mehl;

BCHM 335. Immunology. (1)

An investigation of the mammalian immune system at the systemic, cellular and molecular levels. Prerequisite(s): BCHM 265, or BIOL 120 and 130 with permission of the instructor; Offered alternate years, usually winter or spring; J. Kirkley;

BCHM 340. Pharmacology. (1)

An introduction to basic pharmacological principles: drug distribution, drug metabolism and excretion, receptor binding and toxicology. Prerequisite(s): BCHM 265, or BIOL 120 and 130 with permission of the instructor; Offered alternate years, usually winter or spring; J. Kirkley;

BCHM 345. Molecular Medicine. (1)

Disease is increasingly understood at the cellular and molecular level. This course focuses on how normal cellular and molecular processes go awry during disease, draws a correlation between biochemical malfunctions and disease characteristics and outcomes, and addresses new, molecularly-based therapies that exploit knowledge of disease mechanism to effect a cure. Prerequisite(s): BCHM 265 or BIOL 120 and 130, and junior standing; Offered alternate years, usually fall or winter; J. Kirkley;

BCHM 348. Teaching Assistant. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff;

BCHM 395. Special Topics. (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Biochemistry not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff;

BCHM 399. Independent Research. (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): BCHM 310; Staff;

BCHM 400. Advanced Studies. (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. Staff;

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