Arts and Sciences Learning Objectives
Educational Goals and Required
Knowledge and Skills for Undergraduate Majors
General education goals
The ability to write, display information, and orally
communicate in a scientific format.
literature. The ability to search, read and understand
relevant primary literature and databases.
data. The ability to understand biochemistry data, and how
it is produced, analyzed, and applied.
analysis. The ability to apply quantitative measurement and
analytical laboratory techniques to scientific problems.
method. The ability to develop a hypothesis, design
experiments to test that hypothesis, execute experiments,
interpret data, and refine a hypothesis in light of new
Interdisciplinary nature of biochemistry. The ability to
make connections between biochemistry and other
computational, physical, chemical, and biological sciences.
evaluation. The ability to critique scientific claims in the
technical and popular press with respect to accuracy,
interpretation, and application.
- Integrity. The
development of honesty, responsibility, and integrity with
respect to the generation and interpretation of data as a
scientist and as a citizen.
- Science and
society. The development of a sense of responsibility for
promoting education, diversity and functional literacy in
science within the larger community.
Knowledge and skills
In preparation for post-graduate work in science and health, biochemistry
majors should know:
- Key chemistry
concepts, including molecular structures, reactions,
equilibria, thermodynamics and kinetics.
- The basic
structures and functions of biomolecules, including
proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates.
organization of the cell and the functions of key cellular
fundamentals of genetics, inheritance and evolution at the
levels of individual genes and entire genomes.
details of information flow among DNA, RNA and proteins, and
how phenotype is controlled by regulation at every level.
molecular-level structural and functional aspects of
biomolecules (for example, enzyme mechanisms and kinetics,
protein structure, folding, modifications and regulation,
and macromolecular interactions and assemblies).
biomolecules are organized within pathways and networks, and
the function of those pathways and networks in normal and
disease states of cells, tissues, and organisms.
- Key tools and
techniques used by biochemists and molecular biologists to
interrogate biomolecules in vitro and in living systems,
including genetic engineering, biochemical assays, and
- How to safely
and effectively execute key analytical and preparatory
laboratory techniques. The students should further have
hands-on laboratory experience in many of these techniques.
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