Biomolecular Science, BS

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Biomolecular Pathogen

Scientists working at the interface between biology and chemistry create big changes while working on the cellular and molecular level. Genetically modified crops allow feed quickly growing populations, while novel therapies, such as artificial organs, extend life. Biomolecular scientists also address ecological issues — such as producing cheap energy from renewable sources (like producing oil from algae), while others clean the environment through bioremediation. A BS in Biomolecular Science is also a suitable starting point for careers in medicine. Our program was developed in cooperation with deans from major medical schools, and graduates have gone on to Harvard Dental School, Mount Sinai Medical School, and NYU Medical School, among other medical programs.

Our BS program in Biomolecular Science lets you join in their efforts to improve the world. The first 2 years of the program focus on core courses so you have a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the science — math, physics, chemistry, and biology. From there, you can concentrate your studies in biomedical science, biotechnology, or chemistry.

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About the Program

Prospective students with superior admission qualifications may be selected to participate in our BS/MS Program, which lets you earn 2 degrees at once — a BS in Biomolecular Science and a MS in Bioinformatics or Biotechnology. Depending on your preparation and goals, you can complete both degrees in as little as 4 years.


Students in biomedical science can find work developing artificial organs, prosthetics, or other medical devices. Those who concentrate in biotechnology join the quickly growing field where antibiotics, vaccines, and hormones are produced through genetically based technologies. Others who focus on chemistry find employment in pharmaceutical companies or related industries and can get them certification from the American Chemistry Society (ACS).


Curriculum

A minimum of 128 credits is required for the BS in Biomolecular Science. Below are the number of credits required in each subject to complete the degree depending on your selected option.

  Biomedical Science Biotechnology Chemistry
Chemistry 35 credits 35 credits 38 credits
Biology 26 18 8
Research* 8 8 8
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 0 0 4
Computational 3 3 3
Engineering and Technology Forum 1 1 1
Humanities/Social Sciences 24 24 27
Mathematics 8 8 12
Physics 10 10 10
Technical electives 13 21 17
Total Credits 128 128 128

Approved Humanities and Social Sciences electives are courses with the following prefixes: AH, AN, CAM, EN, MD, MU, PL, PS, HI, STS, SEG or URB. One course must be at the 3xxx/4xxx level. At least one elective must be a writing-intensive course labeled by “W.”

Electives for the Biomedical Science Option

Two courses must be chosen from the following list or must be approved by an adviser, subject to the courses being offered in a given semester. Graduate courses may be taken only by students with junior standing and a C+ average or better, unless otherwise approved by the adviser. The remaining courses are free electives.

4 Credits Analysis of Chemical and Biomolecular Processes CBE-UY2124
This course prepares students to formulate and solve material and energy balances on chemical and biomolecular process systems and lays the foundation for subsequent courses in thermodynamics, unit operations, kinetics and process dynamics, and control. The course introduces the fundamental engineering approach to problem solving: breaking down a process into its components, establishing the relations between known and unknown process variables, assembling the information needed to solve for the unknowns and, finally, obtaining the solution using relevant computational methods.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 1004 and MA-UY 1024 (B- or better).
LS-UY2314 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
4 Credits Microbiology BMS-UY3214
The course studies microbial organisms, especially bacteria and viruses. Topics: Microbial relationship to disease, infections and immunological processes. Mutation, transformation, transduction, induction and bioenergetic processes. Laboratory work includes experimental analysis of microbial structure and physiology by biochemical and cytochemical means. Also studied: Influence of environment on nutrition, enzymes and metabolism of representative microbial species. Lab fee required.
Prerequisites: BMS-UY 2004 or an approved equivalent, and CM-UY 1014 or instructor’s permission.
4 Credits Biophysics BMS-UY4414
This course explores the molecular basis of complex biochemical functions, membrane transport, intercellular and extracellular signaling, metabolism and energy transduction, DNA, RNA and protein synthesis and control, macromolecular assemblies and special topics in biochemistry.
3 Credits Tissue Engineering CM-GY9443
This courses teaches: (1) basic biological processes that occur during blood contact with artificial surfaces, (2) critical review of the literature in the field of tissue engineering, (3) biocompatibility issues relevant to a variety of implant devices that the student may encounter in future endeavors and (4) current approaches directed toward the engineering of cell-based replacements for various tissue types.
Prerequisite: undergraduate biochemistry or adviser’s approval.
3 Credits Drug Delivery BE-GY6603
The course provides an integrated approach to the basic and clinical science of drug delivery. Topics: the history drug delivery; kinds of drugs to be delivered, including genes and proteins; various targeting mechanisms; transport phenomena and thermodynamic concepts; pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drug delivery, polymeric drug-delivery systems; various devices developed for controlled delivery.
Prerequisite: calculus with ordinary diff. eq.; undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry and physiology (minimum grade B).
3 Credits Materials in Medicine BE-GY6703
The course focuses on the basic principles behind human-tissue response to artificial surfaces and materials; the general types of polymeric and metallic materials used in soft- and hard-tissue replacements; tissue engineering and drug-delivery devices; current approaches to the engineering of cell-based replacement for various tissues; techniques to control the physiologic response to artificial surfaces; critical review of current biomaterials literature; current research in the field; and evaluation of the design criteria that a material must meet for a given biological application and what is required for “biocompatibility.”
Prerequisites: Introductory undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry and physiology. Courses in polymers, biochemistry, molecular/cellular biology and immunology are helpful but are not essential.

BMS 48XX Topics in Biology, Credits: 4.00

Electives for the Biotechnology Option

Three courses must be chosen from the following list or must be approved by an adviser, subject to the courses being offered in a given semester. Graduate courses may be taken only by students with junior standing and a C+ average or better, unless otherwise approved by the adviser. The remaining courses are free electives.

4 Credits Analysis of Chemical and Biomolecular Processes CBE-UY2124
This course prepares students to formulate and solve material and energy balances on chemical and biomolecular process systems and lays the foundation for subsequent courses in thermodynamics, unit operations, kinetics and process dynamics, and control. The course introduces the fundamental engineering approach to problem solving: breaking down a process into its components, establishing the relations between known and unknown process variables, assembling the information needed to solve for the unknowns and, finally, obtaining the solution using relevant computational methods.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 1004 and MA-UY 1024 (B- or better).
4 Credits Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology II BMS-UY4324
This is the second semester of a year-long course that examines the molecular basis of cell function and current trends in molecular biology. The lab component is a year-long project to locate, characterize, clone and express a gene. Lab fee required.
Prerequisite: BMS-UY 3314.
4 Credits Biomaterials CM-UY4314
This course covers natural macromolecules, including polypeptides, polysaccharides, lignin, biodegradable polymers and special characterizations of these biopolymers.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 4414 or CM-UY 4413.
3 Credits Polymer Science CM-UY4413
This course provides a broad perspective of polymer science and its application in everyday life. The course has three major components: a survey of polymers, polymer synthesis and aspects of polymer physics.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 2214 and CM-UY 2614 or CM-UY 2514.
3 Credits Recombinant DNA Technology CM-GY9463
The course consists of lectures and demonstrations and covers practical aspects of recombinant DNA technology, including fundamental aspects of gene expression, restriction enzyme cleavage, plasmids, cloning, genetic transformation of bacteria, protein expression vectors, basic principles of protein purification and manipulation of cloned genes (site-directed mutagenesis).
Prerequisite: CM-GY 9413 or instructor’s permission.
CM-GY6253 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
3 Credits Enzyme Catalysis in Organic Synthesis CM-GY9053
This course provides students with a working knowledge of how to use biotransformations as a tool in organic chemistry. Students learn about general enzymatic reaction types that carry out the cleavage and formation of C-O bonds, P-O bonds, C-N bonds, C-C bonds, reduction reactions, oxidation reactions and isomerizations. In addition, students are taught about advanced principles currently being applied to the engineering of catalytic proteins.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.
3 Credits Chemical Foundation for Bioinformatics BI-GY7513
This course intensively reviews those aspects of organic chemistry and biochemistry necessary to begin research in bioinformatics and to enter graduate courses in biology. Topics include covalent bonding, quantum mechanical basis of bond formation, three-dimensional structure of molecules, reaction mechanisms, catalysis, polymers, enzymes, thermodynamic and kinetic foundations, metabolic pathways, sequence and structure of macromolecules. This course extensively uses computer approaches to convey the essential computational and visual nature of material to be covered.
Prerequisites: General Chemistry, General Physics, Organic Chemistry and Calculus.
3 Credits Bioinformatics I: Sequence Analysis BI-GY7533
This course covers computer representations of nucleic acid and protein sequences; pairwise and multiple alignment methods; available databases of nucleic acid and protein sequences; database search methods; scoring functions for assessment of alignments; nucleic acid to protein sequence translation and codon usage; genomic organization and gene structure in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; introns and exons; prediction of open reading frames; alternative splicing; existing databases of mRNA, DNA protein and genomic information; and an overview of available programs and of Web resources.
3 Credits Proteomics for Bioinformatics BI-GY7543
The online proteomics course contributes an application focused specialty class to the bioinformatics curriculum. It will be a tour-de-force of modern proteomics methods and analysis in the context of practical research and clinical applications. The course will teach fundamentals, applications, experiments and predictions in parallel. Thus, each week will include a mix of interactive approaches from background learning, to understanding experimental methodology pro and con, to software usage and sophisticated bioinformatics approaches to prediction. Limitations and complementary of prediction methods will be emphasized. It is desirable (but not required) for students to complete a Biochemistry course before taking this course.
Prerequisites: Bioinformatics I.
3 Credits Biotechnology and the Pharmaceutical Industry BT-GY6013
The course offers an in-depth look at the modern process of drug development, from the early stage of target identification and generation of lead compounds to modern methods of drug delivery and the role of biotechnology in this complex process. All the key aspects, including preclinical development, clinical trials and regulatory requirements, are covered with considerable contributions from pharmaceutical professionals. Real-life case studies are presented to illustrate critical points in the development process. Major classes of biotech drugs are discussed. Many course lectures are delivered by scientists from the major U.S. pharmaceutical companies.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.
3 Credits Biotechnology and Health Care BT-GY6023
Biotechnology’s contribution to modern health care stretches far beyond developing new therapeutic entities. This course provides an overview of key cutting-edge technologies such as stem-cell research and therapeutic cloning and demonstrates how their applications change “the conventional” in terms of availability of new treatments, monitoring services and diagnostics. The course also covers the Human Genome Project and its implications for health care and epigenetic modifications of the genome and their role in disease. The course also highlights the role of biotechnology in managing a number of sociologically high-impact diseases in developed and developing countries.
Prerequisite: Adviser’s approval.

BMS 48XX Topics in Biology, Credits: 4.00

Electives for the Chemistry Option

Two courses must be advanced undergraduate CM, BMS or CBE courses, or graduate CM courses, or must be approved by an adviser, subject to the courses being offered in a given semester. Graduate courses may be taken only by students with junior standing and a C+ average or better, unless otherwise approved by the adviser. The remaining courses are free electives.


Two courses must be advanced undergraduate CM, BMS or CBE courses, or graduate CM courses, or must be approved by an adviser, subject to the courses being offered in a given semester. Graduate courses may be taken only by students with junior standing and a C+ average or better, unless otherwise approved by the adviser. The remaining courses are free electives.


Sample Course Schedule

First Year

Fall Semester

4 Credits Calculus I With Pre-calculus MA-UY1054
This course covers limits, definition of the derivative, differentiation rules for polynomial and trigonometric functions, applications of the chain rule and introduction to optimization with a focus on Management and the Life Sciences.
Prerequisite: Placement exam or MA-UY 912 or MA-UY 954 or equivalent. Note: Course required only for specific Majors in place of MA-UY 1024/1324. Corequisite: EX-UY 1.
4 Credits General Chemistry I CM-UY1014
This course covers chemical equations, chemical conservation laws, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, properties of gases, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding and molecular structure. The course is required for students in the Biomolecular Science Program.
Corequisite: EX-UY 1.
1 Credits Numerical Methods for Chemistry CM-UY1101
This is a one-semester introductory course in numerical methods needed for BMS and CM courses. Students learn spreadsheet calculation, chart displays, curve fitting and good lab-record keeping.
Co-requisite: CM-UY 1014.
4 Credits Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology BMS-UY1004
The course covers the fundamentals of biology. Topics: Physical, chemical and biochemical bases of life on various organizational levels, cellular morphology, complementarity of form and function, including reproduction, development and genetics.
EN-UY1013W Please refer to the bulletin for more information
1 Credits Engineering and Technology Forum EG-UY1001
In this course the notion of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship (i2e) is introduced to the students’ educational experience. Students will be exposed to elements of a research-intensive institution and diverse research performed by leading engineers, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.

Spring Semester

4 Credits Calculus II With Pre-calculus MA-UY1154
This course covers the first and second derivatives, optimization problems, antiderivatives, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, techniques of integration, logarithmic and exponential functions, numerical methods of integration, applications of integration, introduction to differential equations, and introduction to series with a focus on Management and the Life Sciences.
Prerequisite: MA-UY 1054. Note: Course required only for specific Majors in place of MA-UY 1124/1424. Corequisite: EX-UY 1
4 Credits General Chemistry II CM-UY1024
This course covers states of matter, chemical thermodynamics and equilibria, kinetics, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, introduction to organic chemistry, natural and synthetic polymers. The course is required for students in the Biomolecular Science Program.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 1004 or CM-UY 1014. Corequisite: EX-UY 1.
4 Credits Introduction to Physiology BMS-UY2004
This course continues biology fundamentals. Topics: Emphasis on evolutionary theory, phylogeny and comparative physiology including homeostasis, regulation, integration and coordination of organisms at the systems level.
Prerequisite: BMS-UY 1004 or instructor’s permission.
HUSS-UY1023W Please refer to the bulletin for more information
2 Credits Chemistry, the Central Science CM-UY1032
This is a one-semester overview course in chemistry, providing examples of important discoveries and important chemical innovators, with a strong emphasis on cutting-edge research. Field opportunities are developed to allow students to contribute to the discipline.
Prerequisite: Only first-year students are permitted to enroll in this introductory level course.

Second Year

Fall Semester

3 Credits Organic Chemistry I CM-UY2213
This course covers chemistry of organic molecules: structure, nomenclature, properties and reactions of carbon compounds with emphasis on aliphatic compounds. It also introduces reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 1004 or CM-UY 1024 and EX-UY 1.
1 Credits Organic Chemistry Laboratory I CM-UY2211
This Laboratory course teaches students how to prepare, isolate and purify typical organic compounds. Experiments illustrate basic techniques. Lab fee required.
Co/prerequisite CM-UY 2213.
3 Credits Mechanics PH-UY1013
This course is the first of a three-semester lecture sequence in general physics for science and engineering students. Motion of particles and systems of particles. One-dimensional motion. Vectors and two-dimensional motions. Forces and acceleration. Conservation of energy and momentum. Rotations. The free and driven harmonic oscillator. Gravitation. (This class meets four hours per week for lectures and recitation.)
Prerequisites: MA-UY 1024 or an approved equivalent. Corequisites: MA-UY 1124 or approved equivalent, and EX-UY 1
PL-UY2143 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
2 Credits Biostatistics BMS-UY2512
The course introduces statistical methods used in biology, including probability, statistical distributions, regression, correlation and tests.
Chemical Laboratory Safety CM-GY5040
This course discusses problems of health and safety in chemical laboratories, including how to work safely with dangerous chemicals. This course must be completed by graduate and undergraduate chemistry students before they begin laboratory research.

HuSS Elective

Spring Semester

3 Credits Organic Chemistry II CM-UY2223
This course continues CM-UY 2213 and emphasizes finding the principles of organic chemistry in industrial practice and biochemical mechanisms. It introduces instrumental methods of analysis and identification.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 2213. Co-requisite EX-UY 1
1 Credits Organic Chemistry Laboratory II CM-UY2221
This laboratory stresses complex preparation, purification, characterization and identification of organic compounds by chemical and physical means. It introduces instrumental methods of analysis and identification. Lab fee required.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 2211, Co/prerequisite: CM-UY 2223.
3 Credits Electricity, Magnetism, & Fluids PH-UY2023
This is the second course of a three-semester lecture sequence in general physics for science and engineering students. Fluids at rest and in motion. An introduction to electric and magnetic forces and fields. Electric charge density. Electric fields from simple charge distributions. Electric potential. Capacitance.
Magnetic forces. Magnetic field from a current loop. Inductance. Magnetism
in matter. Current and resistance. (This class meets four hours per week for lectures and recitation.)
Prerequisites: PH-UY 1013 and MA-UY 1124 or an approved equivalent. Co-requisite: PH-UY 2121 General Physics Laboratory I, and EX-UY 1
PH-UY2021 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
4 Credits Physical Chemistry I CM-UY2614
This course covers chemical thermodynamics with applications to solutions, phase and chemical equilibria. Molecular motion and transport properties are also covered.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 1004 or CM-UY 1024 and MA-UY 1124 or MA-UY 1154 and PH-UY 1013.
2 Credits Molecular Modeling in Chemistry CM-UY2102
This one-semester introductory course covers computer modeling of organic compounds. Students learn to use Chem Draw and Chem3D, standard applications in chemistry.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 1101, CM-UY 2213, Co-requisite: CM-UY 2223.

HuSS Elective

Third Year

Fall Semester

4 Credits Genetics BMS-UY3114
The course covers the genetics of bacteria, viruses and high organisms. Emphasis is on both the genetic and biochemical analyses of gene replication, heredity, mutation, recombination and gene expression. Included are comparisons of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genetics and regulation. Laboratory techniques are used to study genetic phenomena in prokaryotes, eukaryotes and viruses. The course emphasizes modern approaches to genetic research. A lab fee is required.
Prerequisite: BMS-UY 1004. Co-requisite: CM-UY 2213 or CM-UY 2214.
3 Credits Waves, Optics, & Thermodynamics PH-UY2033
This is the third course of a three-semester lecture sequence in general physics for science and engineering students. Water, sound and electromagnetic waves. Reflection, scattering and absorption. Standing waves and spectra. Superposition, diffraction and beats. Geometrical optics. Introduction to thermodynamics; temperature, heat, and entropy. (This class meets four hours per week for lectures and recitation.)
Prerequisites: PH-UY 2121 and PH-UY 2023. Co-requisites: PH-UY 2131, and EX-UY 1.
PH-UY2031 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
4 Credits Biochemistry I CM-UY3314
This course surveys modern biochemistry and emphasizes current areas of research. Also covered are structure-function relationships in proteins; enzymes and their mechanisms of action; bioenergetics principles and energy production; and biochemical theories and techniques.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 2213 or CM-UY 2214 or CM-UY 2234 and CM-UY 2614 or CM-UY 2514 or instructor’s permission.

HuSS Elective

Spring Semester

4 Credits Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology I BMS-UY3314
This first semester of a year-long course explores the molecular basis of cell function and current trends in molecular biology. The lab component is a year-long project to locate, characterize, clone and express a gene. A lab fee is required.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 3314 and CM-UY 2223 or CM-UY 2224 (see BMS-UY 4324 for second semester).
4 Credits Biochemistry II CM-UY3324
This course continues Biochemistry I. It covers principles of intermediary metabolism: energetic membrane structure and transport; structure and function of DNA and RNA; principles of molecular biology; the immune system; and hormonal regulation and cancer.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 3314 or instructor’s permission.
4 Credits Analytical Chemistry CM-UY3514
This course covers theories and applications of instrumentation techniques in modern analytical chemistry, including spectroscopy (UVVIS absorption, infrared absorption, fluorescence, Raman scattering, nuclear magnetic resonance), chromatography (gas, liquid) and other techniques (mass spectroscopy, electrophoresis). The accompanying laboratory part focuses on practical skills.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 2514 or CM-UY 2614.
CM-GY5011 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Elective

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

4 Credits Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology II BMS-UY4324
This is the second semester of a year-long course that examines the molecular basis of cell function and current trends in molecular biology. The lab component is a year-long project to locate, characterize, clone and express a gene. Lab fee required.
Prerequisite: BMS-UY 3314.
4 Credits Undergraduate Research in Molecular Sciences BMS-UY4914
The course investigates problems in biomolecular science under faculty supervision. Library research, experimental studies and written reports are required.
Prerequisites: senior status or adviser’s approval, CM-GY 5010, CM-GY 5040.

HuSS Elective

Spring Semester

4 Credits Undergraduate Research in Biomolecular Sciences BMS-UY4924
The course investigates problems in biomolecular science under faculty supervision. Library research, experimental studies and written reports are required.
Prerequisites: senior status or adviser’s approval, CM-GY 5010, CM-GY 5040.

BMS 48xx Topics in Biology, Credits: 4.00
HuSS Elective


First Year

Fall Semester

4 Credits Calculus I With Pre-calculus MA-UY1054
This course covers limits, definition of the derivative, differentiation rules for polynomial and trigonometric functions, applications of the chain rule and introduction to optimization with a focus on Management and the Life Sciences.
Prerequisite: Placement exam or MA-UY 912 or MA-UY 954 or equivalent. Note: Course required only for specific Majors in place of MA-UY 1024/1324. Corequisite: EX-UY 1.
4 Credits General Chemistry I CM-UY1014
This course covers chemical equations, chemical conservation laws, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, properties of gases, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding and molecular structure. The course is required for students in the Biomolecular Science Program.
Corequisite: EX-UY 1.
1 Credits Numerical Methods for Chemistry CM-UY1101
This is a one-semester introductory course in numerical methods needed for BMS and CM courses. Students learn spreadsheet calculation, chart displays, curve fitting and good lab-record keeping.
Co-requisite: CM-UY 1014.
4 Credits Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology BMS-UY1004
The course covers the fundamentals of biology. Topics: Physical, chemical and biochemical bases of life on various organizational levels, cellular morphology, complementarity of form and function, including reproduction, development and genetics.
EN-UY1013W Please refer to the bulletin for more information
1 Credits Engineering and Technology Forum EG-UY1001
In this course the notion of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship (i2e) is introduced to the students’ educational experience. Students will be exposed to elements of a research-intensive institution and diverse research performed by leading engineers, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.

Spring Semester

4 Credits Calculus II With Pre-calculus MA-UY1154
This course covers the first and second derivatives, optimization problems, antiderivatives, Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, techniques of integration, logarithmic and exponential functions, numerical methods of integration, applications of integration, introduction to differential equations, and introduction to series with a focus on Management and the Life Sciences.
Prerequisite: MA-UY 1054. Note: Course required only for specific Majors in place of MA-UY 1124/1424. Corequisite: EX-UY 1
4 Credits General Chemistry II CM-UY1024
This course covers states of matter, chemical thermodynamics and equilibria, kinetics, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, introduction to organic chemistry, natural and synthetic polymers. The course is required for students in the Biomolecular Science Program.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 1004 or CM-UY 1014. Corequisite: EX-UY 1.
4 Credits Introduction to Physiology BMS-UY2004
This course continues biology fundamentals. Topics: Emphasis on evolutionary theory, phylogeny and comparative physiology including homeostasis, regulation, integration and coordination of organisms at the systems level.
Prerequisite: BMS-UY 1004 or instructor’s permission.
HUSS-UY1023W Please refer to the bulletin for more information
2 Credits Chemistry, the Central Science CM-UY1032
This is a one-semester overview course in chemistry, providing examples of important discoveries and important chemical innovators, with a strong emphasis on cutting-edge research. Field opportunities are developed to allow students to contribute to the discipline.
Prerequisite: Only first-year students are permitted to enroll in this introductory level course.

Second Year

Fall Semester

3 Credits Organic Chemistry I CM-UY2213
This course covers chemistry of organic molecules: structure, nomenclature, properties and reactions of carbon compounds with emphasis on aliphatic compounds. It also introduces reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 1004 or CM-UY 1024 and EX-UY 1.
1 Credits Organic Chemistry Laboratory I CM-UY2211
This Laboratory course teaches students how to prepare, isolate and purify typical organic compounds. Experiments illustrate basic techniques. Lab fee required.
Co/prerequisite CM-UY 2213.
3 Credits Mechanics PH-UY1013
This course is the first of a three-semester lecture sequence in general physics for science and engineering students. Motion of particles and systems of particles. One-dimensional motion. Vectors and two-dimensional motions. Forces and acceleration. Conservation of energy and momentum. Rotations. The free and driven harmonic oscillator. Gravitation. (This class meets four hours per week for lectures and recitation.)
Prerequisites: MA-UY 1024 or an approved equivalent. Corequisites: MA-UY 1124 or approved equivalent, and EX-UY 1
PL-UY2143 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
2 Credits Biostatistics BMS-UY2512
The course introduces statistical methods used in biology, including probability, statistical distributions, regression, correlation and tests.
Chemical Laboratory Safety CM-GY5040
This course discusses problems of health and safety in chemical laboratories, including how to work safely with dangerous chemicals. This course must be completed by graduate and undergraduate chemistry students before they begin laboratory research.

HuSS Elective

Spring Semester

3 Credits Organic Chemistry II CM-UY2223
This course continues CM-UY 2213 and emphasizes finding the principles of organic chemistry in industrial practice and biochemical mechanisms. It introduces instrumental methods of analysis and identification.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 2213. Co-requisite EX-UY 1
1 Credits Organic Chemistry Laboratory II CM-UY2221
This laboratory stresses complex preparation, purification, characterization and identification of organic compounds by chemical and physical means. It introduces instrumental methods of analysis and identification. Lab fee required.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 2211, Co/prerequisite: CM-UY 2223.
3 Credits Electricity, Magnetism, & Fluids PH-UY2023
This is the second course of a three-semester lecture sequence in general physics for science and engineering students. Fluids at rest and in motion. An introduction to electric and magnetic forces and fields. Electric charge density. Electric fields from simple charge distributions. Electric potential. Capacitance.
Magnetic forces. Magnetic field from a current loop. Inductance. Magnetism
in matter. Current and resistance. (This class meets four hours per week for lectures and recitation.)
Prerequisites: PH-UY 1013 and MA-UY 1124 or an approved equivalent. Co-requisite: PH-UY 2121 General Physics Laboratory I, and EX-UY 1
PH-UY2021 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
4 Credits Physical Chemistry I CM-UY2614
This course covers chemical thermodynamics with applications to solutions, phase and chemical equilibria. Molecular motion and transport properties are also covered.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 1004 or CM-UY 1024 and MA-UY 1124 or MA-UY 1154 and PH-UY 1013.
2 Credits Molecular Modeling in Chemistry CM-UY2102
This one-semester introductory course covers computer modeling of organic compounds. Students learn to use Chem Draw and Chem3D, standard applications in chemistry.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 1101, CM-UY 2213, Co-requisite: CM-UY 2223.

HuSSElective

Third Year

Fall Semester

4 Credits Genetics BMS-UY3114
The course covers the genetics of bacteria, viruses and high organisms. Emphasis is on both the genetic and biochemical analyses of gene replication, heredity, mutation, recombination and gene expression. Included are comparisons of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genetics and regulation. Laboratory techniques are used to study genetic phenomena in prokaryotes, eukaryotes and viruses. The course emphasizes modern approaches to genetic research. A lab fee is required.
Prerequisite: BMS-UY 1004. Co-requisite: CM-UY 2213 or CM-UY 2214.
3 Credits Waves, Optics, & Thermodynamics PH-UY2033
This is the third course of a three-semester lecture sequence in general physics for science and engineering students. Water, sound and electromagnetic waves. Reflection, scattering and absorption. Standing waves and spectra. Superposition, diffraction and beats. Geometrical optics. Introduction to thermodynamics; temperature, heat, and entropy. (This class meets four hours per week for lectures and recitation.)
Prerequisites: PH-UY 2121 and PH-UY 2023. Co-requisites: PH-UY 2131, and EX-UY 1.
PH-UY2031 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
4 Credits Biochemistry I CM-UY3314
This course surveys modern biochemistry and emphasizes current areas of research. Also covered are structure-function relationships in proteins; enzymes and their mechanisms of action; bioenergetics principles and energy production; and biochemical theories and techniques.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 2213 or CM-UY 2214 or CM-UY 2234 and CM-UY 2614 or CM-UY 2514 or instructor’s permission.

HuSS Elective

Spring Semester

4 Credits Advanced Cell and Molecular Biology I BMS-UY3314
This first semester of a year-long course explores the molecular basis of cell function and current trends in molecular biology. The lab component is a year-long project to locate, characterize, clone and express a gene. A lab fee is required.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 3314 and CM-UY 2223 or CM-UY 2224 (see BMS-UY 4324 for second semester).
4 Credits Biochemistry II CM-UY3324
This course continues Biochemistry I. It covers principles of intermediary metabolism: energetic membrane structure and transport; structure and function of DNA and RNA; principles of molecular biology; the immune system; and hormonal regulation and cancer.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 3314 or instructor’s permission.
4 Credits Analytical Chemistry CM-UY3514
This course covers theories and applications of instrumentation techniques in modern analytical chemistry, including spectroscopy (UVVIS absorption, infrared absorption, fluorescence, Raman scattering, nuclear magnetic resonance), chromatography (gas, liquid) and other techniques (mass spectroscopy, electrophoresis). The accompanying laboratory part focuses on practical skills.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 2514 or CM-UY 2614.
CM-GY5011 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

Elective

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

4 Credits Undergraduate Research in Molecular Sciences BMS-UY4914
The course investigates problems in biomolecular science under faculty supervision. Library research, experimental studies and written reports are required.
Prerequisites: senior status or adviser’s approval, CM-GY 5010, CM-GY 5040.

HuSS Elective

Spring Semester

4 Credits Undergraduate Research in Biomolecular Sciences BMS-UY4924
The course investigates problems in biomolecular science under faculty supervision. Library research, experimental studies and written reports are required.
Prerequisites: senior status or adviser’s approval, CM-GY 5010, CM-GY 5040.

HuSS Elective


First Year

Fall Semester

4 Credits Calculus I for Engineers MA-UY1024
This course covers: Library of Functions, functions of one variable. Limits, derivatives of functions defined by graphs, tables and formulas, differentiation rules for power, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions, derivatives of trigonometric functions, the product and quotient rules, the chain rule, applications of the chain rule, maxima and minima, optimization. The definite integral, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and interpretations, theorems about definite integrals, anti-derivatives. MA-UY 1324 is for students who wish to take MA-UY 1024 but need more review of precalculus. MA-UY 1324 covers the same material as MA-UY 1024 but with more contact hours per week, incorporating a full discussion of the required precalculus topics.
Prerequisite: Placement Exam or MA-UY 912 or MA-UY 914 (with a grade of B or better). Corequisite: EX-UY 1
4 Credits General Chemistry I CM-UY1014
This course covers chemical equations, chemical conservation laws, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, properties of gases, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding and molecular structure. The course is required for students in the Biomolecular Science Program.
Corequisite: EX-UY 1.
1 Credits Numerical Methods for Chemistry CM-UY1101
This is a one-semester introductory course in numerical methods needed for BMS and CM courses. Students learn spreadsheet calculation, chart displays, curve fitting and good lab-record keeping.
Co-requisite: CM-UY 1014.
4 Credits Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology BMS-UY1004
The course covers the fundamentals of biology. Topics: Physical, chemical and biochemical bases of life on various organizational levels, cellular morphology, complementarity of form and function, including reproduction, development and genetics.
EN-UY1013 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
1 Credits Engineering and Technology Forum EG-UY1001
In this course the notion of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship (i2e) is introduced to the students’ educational experience. Students will be exposed to elements of a research-intensive institution and diverse research performed by leading engineers, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.

Spring Semester

4 Credits Calculus II for Engineers MA-UY1124
This course covers techniques of integration, introduction to ordinary differential equations, improper integrals, numerical methods of integration, applications of integration, sequences, series, power series, approximations of functions via Taylor polynomials, Taylor series, functions of two variables, graphs of functions of two variables, contour diagrams, linear functions, functions of three variables. MA-UY 1424 is for students who wish to take MA-UY 1124 but need more review of precalculus. MA-UY 1424 covers the same material as MA-UY 1124 but with more contact hours per week, incorporating a full discussion of the required precalculus topics.
Prerequisites: MA-UY 1022 (with a grade of B or better) or MA-UY 1024 or MA-UY 1324 (with a grade of B or better).
Corequisite: EX-UY 1.
4 Credits General Chemistry II CM-UY1024
This course covers states of matter, chemical thermodynamics and equilibria, kinetics, acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry, introduction to organic chemistry, natural and synthetic polymers. The course is required for students in the Biomolecular Science Program.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 1004 or CM-UY 1014. Corequisite: EX-UY 1.
4 Credits Introduction to Physiology BMS-UY2004
This course continues biology fundamentals. Topics: Emphasis on evolutionary theory, phylogeny and comparative physiology including homeostasis, regulation, integration and coordination of organisms at the systems level.
Prerequisite: BMS-UY 1004 or instructor’s permission.
HUSS-UY1023W Please refer to the bulletin for more information
2 Credits Chemistry, the Central Science CM-UY1032
This is a one-semester overview course in chemistry, providing examples of important discoveries and important chemical innovators, with a strong emphasis on cutting-edge research. Field opportunities are developed to allow students to contribute to the discipline.
Prerequisite: Only first-year students are permitted to enroll in this introductory level course.

Second Year

Fall Semester

3 Credits Organic Chemistry I CM-UY2213
This course covers chemistry of organic molecules: structure, nomenclature, properties and reactions of carbon compounds with emphasis on aliphatic compounds. It also introduces reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 1004 or CM-UY 1024 and EX-UY 1.
1 Credits Organic Chemistry Laboratory I CM-UY2211
This Laboratory course teaches students how to prepare, isolate and purify typical organic compounds. Experiments illustrate basic techniques. Lab fee required.
Co/prerequisite CM-UY 2213.
3 Credits Mechanics PH-UY1013
This course is the first of a three-semester lecture sequence in general physics for science and engineering students. Motion of particles and systems of particles. One-dimensional motion. Vectors and two-dimensional motions. Forces and acceleration. Conservation of energy and momentum. Rotations. The free and driven harmonic oscillator. Gravitation. (This class meets four hours per week for lectures and recitation.)
Prerequisites: MA-UY 1024 or an approved equivalent. Corequisites: MA-UY 1124 or approved equivalent, and EX-UY 1
2 Credits Elements of Linear Algebra I MA-UY2012
This course introduces vector concepts. Linear transformations.Matrices and Determinants. Characteristic roots and eigenfunctions.
Prerequisite: MA-UY 1124 or equivalent.
Chemical Laboratory Safety CM-GY5040
This course discusses problems of health and safety in chemical laboratories, including how to work safely with dangerous chemicals. This course must be completed by graduate and undergraduate chemistry students before they begin laboratory research.

HuSS Elective

Spring Semester

3 Credits Organic Chemistry II CM-UY2223
This course continues CM-UY 2213 and emphasizes finding the principles of organic chemistry in industrial practice and biochemical mechanisms. It introduces instrumental methods of analysis and identification.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 2213. Co-requisite EX-UY 1
1 Credits Organic Chemistry Laboratory II CM-UY2221
This laboratory stresses complex preparation, purification, characterization and identification of organic compounds by chemical and physical means. It introduces instrumental methods of analysis and identification. Lab fee required.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 2211, Co/prerequisite: CM-UY 2223.
3 Credits Electricity, Magnetism, & Fluids PH-UY2023
This is the second course of a three-semester lecture sequence in general physics for science and engineering students. Fluids at rest and in motion. An introduction to electric and magnetic forces and fields. Electric charge density. Electric fields from simple charge distributions. Electric potential. Capacitance.
Magnetic forces. Magnetic field from a current loop. Inductance. Magnetism
in matter. Current and resistance. (This class meets four hours per week for lectures and recitation.)
Prerequisites: PH-UY 1013 and MA-UY 1124 or an approved equivalent. Co-requisite: PH-UY 2121 General Physics Laboratory I, and EX-UY 1
PH-UY2021 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
4 Credits Physical Chemistry I CM-UY2614
This course covers chemical thermodynamics with applications to solutions, phase and chemical equilibria. Molecular motion and transport properties are also covered.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 1004 or CM-UY 1024 and MA-UY 1124 or MA-UY 1154 and PH-UY 1013.
2 Credits Molecular Modeling in Chemistry CM-UY2102
This one-semester introductory course covers computer modeling of organic compounds. Students learn to use Chem Draw and Chem3D, standard applications in chemistry.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 1101, CM-UY 2213, Co-requisite: CM-UY 2223.
2 Credits Ordinary Differential Equations MA-UY2132
This course covers first order differential equations: modeling and solving. Stability of autonomous equations. Higher order linear ordinary differential equations: Solution bases, Wronskian and initial value problems. Linear system of first-order differential equations with constant coefficients: Elimination and eigenvalue method of solution. Elementary concepts of numerical analysis. Numerical solution of initial value problems for ordinary differential equations.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: MA-UY 2012.

Third Year

Fall Semester

3 Credits Polymer Science CM-UY4413
This course provides a broad perspective of polymer science and its application in everyday life. The course has three major components: a survey of polymers, polymer synthesis and aspects of polymer physics.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 2214 and CM-UY 2614 or CM-UY 2514.
3 Credits Waves, Optics, & Thermodynamics PH-UY2033
This is the third course of a three-semester lecture sequence in general physics for science and engineering students. Water, sound and electromagnetic waves. Reflection, scattering and absorption. Standing waves and spectra. Superposition, diffraction and beats. Geometrical optics. Introduction to thermodynamics; temperature, heat, and entropy. (This class meets four hours per week for lectures and recitation.)
Prerequisites: PH-UY 2121 and PH-UY 2023. Co-requisites: PH-UY 2131, and EX-UY 1.
PH-UY2031 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
4 Credits Biochemistry I CM-UY3314
This course surveys modern biochemistry and emphasizes current areas of research. Also covered are structure-function relationships in proteins; enzymes and their mechanisms of action; bioenergetics principles and energy production; and biochemical theories and techniques.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 2213 or CM-UY 2214 or CM-UY 2234 and CM-UY 2614 or CM-UY 2514 or instructor’s permission.
4 Credits Analysis of Chemical and Biomolecular Processes CBE-UY2124
This course prepares students to formulate and solve material and energy balances on chemical and biomolecular process systems and lays the foundation for subsequent courses in thermodynamics, unit operations, kinetics and process dynamics, and control. The course introduces the fundamental engineering approach to problem solving: breaking down a process into its components, establishing the relations between known and unknown process variables, assembling the information needed to solve for the unknowns and, finally, obtaining the solution using relevant computational methods.
Prerequisites: CM-UY 1004 and MA-UY 1024 (B- or better).

HuSS Elective

Spring Semester

4 Credits Biochemistry II CM-UY3324
This course continues Biochemistry I. It covers principles of intermediary metabolism: energetic membrane structure and transport; structure and function of DNA and RNA; principles of molecular biology; the immune system; and hormonal regulation and cancer.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 3314 or instructor’s permission.
4 Credits Analytical Chemistry CM-UY3514
This course covers theories and applications of instrumentation techniques in modern analytical chemistry, including spectroscopy (UVVIS absorption, infrared absorption, fluorescence, Raman scattering, nuclear magnetic resonance), chromatography (gas, liquid) and other techniques (mass spectroscopy, electrophoresis). The accompanying laboratory part focuses on practical skills.
Prerequisite: CM-UY 2514 or CM-UY 2614.
CM-GY5011 Please refer to the bulletin for more information

HuSS Elective

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

4 Credits Undergrad Research in Chemistry CM-UY4914
In this course, students conduct original investigations guided by staff members. Careful literature research is required before laboratory work starts. Continued reference to chemical literature is expected as well as active participation in conferences and seminars, both of which are scheduled as work progresses. A written report is required. Fulltime students are expected to register for 8 credits of thesis during senior year. A research (lab) fee is required.
Prerequisites: CM-GY 5011 and CM-GY 5040.

HuSS Elective

Spring Semester

4 Credits Undergrad Research in Chemistry CM-UY4914
In this course, students conduct original investigations guided by staff members. Careful literature research is required before laboratory work starts. Continued reference to chemical literature is expected as well as active participation in conferences and seminars, both of which are scheduled as work progresses. A written report is required. Fulltime students are expected to register for 8 credits of thesis during senior year. A research (lab) fee is required.
Prerequisites: CM-GY 5011 and CM-GY 5040.

HuSS Elective