BIOCHEMISTRY

DISCOVER THE HARMONY OF FAITH AND SCIENCE

God is the author of the spiritual and the material worlds. By studying biochemistry at AMU, you’ll wonder at the beauty of His handiwork as you collaborate with peers and professors to develop strong independent thinking and complex problem-solving skills. You’ll also acquire the necessary technical expertise to thrive in the chemical and biochemical sciences.

Skills You will Gain

1. Critical thinking and research skills. Familiarize yourself with the best biochemical resources and learn how to critically analyze and evaluate data. Students will conduct leading edge research in field ranging from materials chemistry, pharmacology of drug actives, computation chemistry and structural biochemistry.

2. Proficiency using scientific instruments. AMU’s biochemistry program includes a lab component so that you can become familiar with the many types of instruments and experiments used in the field.

3. Deeper insight into God’s nature and wisdom. All created things, even the tiniest, reflect God’s truth, goodness and beauty. In our biochemistry program, you’ll become intimately familiar with a segment of God’s creation experienced by few others. You’ll marvel at the intricacies of His handiwork on the microscopic level.

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Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Email:

tony.barbosa@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1584

Office:

Henkels 3050

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Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Email:

rodney.burton@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7963

Office:

Henkels 3027

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Instructor of Chemistry

Email:

ronald.freeze@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7027

Office:

Henkels 3037

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Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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patrick.hillesheim@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 280-1528

Office:

Henkels 2049

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Assistant Professor of Physics

Email:

daniel.sadasivan@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 348-4705

Office:

Henkels 3047A

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Chair of the Chemistry and Physics Department; Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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stephen.thong@avemaria.edu

Phone:

(239) 304-7940

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Henkels 3048

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REQUIRED COURSES

Typical Order of Required Courses for the Biochemistry B.A.

(All courses are four credits unless otherwise noted.)

In addition to the courses in the AMU core curriculum, the following courses are required.

CHEM 125 General Chemistry I with laboratory

CHEM 126 General Chemistry II with laboratory

CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I with laboratory

CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II with laboratory

BICM 305 Biochemistry I: Structure, Mechanism and Metabolism with laboratory

BICM 306 Biochemistry II: Biophysical Chemistry with laboratory

BIOL 211 Biology I Cellular and Molecular Biology with laboratory

BIOL 303 Genetics with laboratory

BIOL 305 Molecular Biology with laboratory

PHYS 211 College Physics I with laboratory or PHYS 212 (University Physics)

MATH 151 Calculus I

Biochemistry/Chemistry Elective Courses (Eight credits of 400-level BICM courses are required)

Biochemistry electives are 2 or 4 credit modules. Up to 4 credits of CHEM 297, BICM 497 may replace 4 credits of this requirement.

BICM 450 Bioanalytical Chemistry (4-credit)

BICM 415 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry (2 or 4 credits each)

Possible Topics Include:

• Advanced Structural Biology

• Advanced Bioanalytical chemistry

• Biochemistry of Cancer

• Bio-organic Chemistry

• Biochemistry and Drug Discovery of Alzheimer’s Disease

• Biochemistry and Drug Discovery of Inflammation2023-2024 AMU Academic Catalog / 91

• Computational Chemistry and modelling

• Metals in Biology

• Organic Mechanisms of Drug Action

• Protein Crystallography

• Principles of Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics

• Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanism

• Protein Trafficking

Directed research (2 credits each)

• CHEM 297 Directed research

• BICM 497 Directed research

General Elective Courses

Seven 4-credit courses

Typical Order of Required Courses for the Biochemistry B.S.

(All courses are four credits unless otherwise noted.)

CHEM 125 General Chemistry I with laboratory

CHEM 126 General Chemistry II with laboratory

CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I with laboratory

CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II with laboratory

BICM 305 Biochemistry I: Structure, Mechanism and Metabolism with laboratory

BICM 306 Biochemistry II: Biophysical Chemistry with laboratory

BICM 450 Bioanalytical Chemistry

BIOL 211 Biology I Cellular and Molecular Biology with laboratory

BIOL 212 Biology II Organismal and Population Biology with laboratory

BIOL 303 Genetics with laboratory

BIOL 305 Molecular Biology with laboratory

PHYS 221 University Physics: Mechanics with laboratory

PHYS 222 University Physics: Materials with laboratory

MATH 151 Calculus I

MATH 250 Calculus II or STAT 230 Applied Statistics or MATH 231 Mathematical Statistics and Design of Experiments

Biochemistry/Chemistry Elective Courses (Eight credits are required)

BICM 497 or CHEM 297 cannot substitute for this requirement for B.S. degree.

BICM 415 Advanced Topics in Biochemistry (2 credits)

Possible Topics Include:

• Advanced Structural Biology

• Advanced Bioanalytical chemistry

• Biochemistry of Cancer

• Bio-organic Chemistry

• Biochemistry and Drug Discovery of Alzheimer’s Disease

• Biochemistry and Drug Discovery of Inflammation

• Computational Chemistry and modelling

• Metals in Biology

• Organic Mechanisms of Drug Action

• Protein Crystallography

• Principles of Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics

• Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanism

• Protein Trafficking

Directed research (2 credits each) Minimum of 4 credits total

• CHEM 297 Directed research

• BICM 497 Directed research

General elective courses

Three 4-credit courses

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