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FAQ

1. What can I do with a degree in biological chemistry? Many students attend medical school or graduate school after completing their degree in biological chemistry. The university also provides excellent information on job opportunities for graduates.


2. How can I declare a major in biological chemistry? Major Declaration forms can be obtained in the Cell and Molecular Biology office (2000 Percival Stern Hall), the Chemistry office (2015 Percival Stern Hall) or the Dean's office (201 Lindy Boggs Center). Fill in the form and see Dr Byers or Dr Mullin for a signature, then turn the completed form in to the Dean’s office.

3. Who are the faculty and what are their research interests? The faculty consists of members of the Chemistry and Cell & Molecular Biology Departments, and they teach some of the courses required for those students majoring in Biological Chemistry:

  • Alex Burin, Chemistry, Theoretical investigations of DNA
  • Larry Byers, Chemistry, Enzyme mechanisms and regulation
  • James Donahue, Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Harry Ensley, Chemistry, Organic synthesis of natural products
  • W.T. Godbey, Chemical Engineering, Gene therapy techniques for tissue and cellular engineering
  • Scott M. Grayson, Chemistry, Bio-organic Chemistry
  • Nancy Hopkins, Cell and Molecular Biology, Interactions between xenobiotics and cytochrome P450 enzymes and the nuclear steroid hormone receptor superfamily
  • Fiona Inglis, Cell and Molecular Biology, Developmental neurobiology and neuronal plasticity
  • Janarthanan Jayawickramarajah, Chemistry, Molecular recognition of bio-inspired systems
  • David Mullin, Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and fermentation
  • Kim O’Connor, Chemical Engineering, Cell and tissue engineering, stem cell technology
  • Robert Pascal, Chemistry, Synthesis of enzyme inhibitors
  • Wayne Reed, Physics, Polymer reaction kinetics and mechanisms
  • Igor V. Rubtsov, Chemistry, Physical Chemistryistry of biopolymers
  • Laura Schrader, Cell and Molecular Biology, Molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and learning and memory

4. Do students have access to any significant facilities, technology and equipment? Yes. Among the recently acquired equipment are: several superconducting NMR spectrophotometers, x-ray diffractometers, high volume fermenters, French press for cell disruptions, PCR machines, ultracentrifuges, Silicon Graphics Computer for molecular modeling, stopped-flow spectrophotometers for monitoring fast kinetics, calorimeters and other instrumentation common to all active chemistry and molecular biology departments.

5. What classes are required for the major? The major requirements are listed in table format on a separate web page. Students majoring in the program in Biological Chemistry are required to take the following Cell and Molecular Biology courses : general biology (CELL 1010), genetics (CELL 2050), cell biology (CELL 3750), molecular biology (CELL 3030), molecular biology lab (CELL 3035) microbiology (CELL 4220). The following Chemistry courses: general chemistry (CHEM 1070-1080), general chemistry lab (CHEM 1075-1085), organic chemistry (CHEM 2410-2420), organic chemistry lab (CHEM 2415-2425), physical chemistry (thermodynamics) plus lab (CHEM 3120, 3140), introductory biochemistry (biomolecules) and intermediary metabolism (CHEM 3830-3840) and biochemistry lab (CHEM 3835) are required. Two semesters of physics: classical mechanics (PHYS 1310) and electricity & magnetism (PHYS 1320) and three semesters of calculus (MATH 1210, 1220 and 2210) are also required. Two additional electives courses must be chosen from a list of approved courses. These approved courses are offered by the Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Mathematics, Psychology and Physics Departments. One year of Independent Study/Special Project (BMEN 4900, 4910; CELL 4910, 4920, 4950; CENG 4820, 4920; or CHEM 4010, 4020) or an honor's thesis project (CELL 4990, 5000 or CHEM 4990, 5000) is also required. These Independent Study/Special Project courses may also fulfill capstone course requirements.

6. Can I minor in Biological Chemistry? Yes, the course requirements for the minor are provided in table format on a separate web page. Majors in either Chemistry or Cell and Molecular Biology cannot minor in Biological Chemistry. The courses required for the minor are genetics (CELL 2050), introduction to biochemistry (CHEM 3830), intermediate biochemistry (CHEM 3840), biochemistry lab (CHEM 3835) and either cell biology (CELL 3750) or molecular biology (CELL 3030). The courses that are prerequisites for the above courses insure that students who minor in Biological Chemistry will have a significant introduction to biochemistry and have at least 33 credit hours in courses outside their major. In accordance with Tulane's undergraduate catalog, students completing a minor must complete at least 24 credits in their major which do not overlap with the minor.

 

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