This course is designed to provide an introductory experience to conducting experiments in a biochemistry laboratory. The course covers a broad spectrum of modern techniques and their underlying physical, chemical and biological principles. Biochemical tools and concepts are at the core of recent advances in medical/veterinary, forensic and food/agricultural sciences that have improved our lives. The main objectives of this course are for students to: become familiar with methods and instruments used in biochemistry laboratories, relate these basic biochemistry skills to a chosen field of study/interest, learn how to collect, record and analyze experimental data, present results clearly in graphic, tabular, and written formats, and perform experiments in an environment requiring teamwork. Open to ANIMLSCI, PRE-VET, HUMNUT, NUTRITN, FOODSCI seniors
The Introductory Biochemistry course covers fundamental biochemical and molecular biological laboratory techniques, supporting concepts, and data analysis. The aims of this course are 1. to provide students with practical knowledge and hands-on experience with some of the most common experimental methods used in biochemical and molecular biological research and 2. to introduce students to the fundamentals of scientific writing. Methods include reagent preparation, proper use of instrumentation, biochemical analysis, molecular biology techniques, and utilizing computers to analyze and present data. Laboratory safety is also emphasized.