2017-18 Academic Catalog

Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology

Department Head: Jeffrey Dean
Undergraduate Advisor: Darrel Sparks
Graduate Advisor: Ken Willeford
Office: 402 Dorman

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program within the Department of BCH-EPP involves disciplines at the cutting edge of a revolution in biology. Molecular methods and the use of genetic engineering have given scientists unprecedented power to begin to understand the chemistry of life processes. The Department of BCH-EPP aims to prepare students at Mississippi State in this exciting area. In addition to the undergraduate curriculum in biochemistry and molecular biology, the department provides opportunities for an M.S. degree in Agricultural Life Sciences with a concentration in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology (See the Graduate Bulletin for description of programs and requirements for advanced degrees). For the Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, the objective of this curriculum is to provide the student with a strong background in science, and to prepare the student for entry into professional schools, graduate study and/or highly technical scientific careers after graduation. There are sufficient individual choices in the curriculum to allow students to tailor their programs to any of several areas of specialization by appropriate use of elective hours.

Biochemistry Minor

The Biochemistry minor is offered to allow undergraduate students in other majors to develop specific skills needed by graduates entering the science-related workforce. Students will enhance their written and oral communication skills and develop problem-solving/application skills. Students must complete 19 to 20 hours of approved coursework.

Graduate Studies Track

Students aiming for a career requiring graduate education should take Genetics and Cell Biology as technical electives. Since many graduate programs require some form of physical chemistry, it is strongly suggested that students take CH 4413/CH 4423 Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy or CH 4404 Biophysical Chemistry as technical electives.

Preparation for entry into an accelerated Master's Program (THESIS) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

This program requires careful planning by the student in order to complete the requirements for the B.S. while beginning a research program that should result in successful completion of a Master’s thesis at the end of the second summer after the B.S. Only exceptional and motivated students should attempt this program. It is critical that BCH 4603 General Biochemistry be scheduled in the spring of the sophomore year. The student will be expected to begin a research project in the senior year by taking up to nine hours of Directed Individual Study courses (BCH 4000). Research will continue during the summer after completion of the B.S. degree. The student must register for BCH 8000 (3 hours), Thesis Research during the summer. In addition, the student should schedule a graduate level BCH course and ST 8114 in the spring of the senior year.

The student interested in the five year program should apply early in the undergraduate program to facilitate the scheduling of courses to conform to time constraints. In addition to applying for admission to the graduate program, the student must also take the Graduate Record Examination early enough so that the results are available by the beginning of the semester in which the student expects to graduate. The student must complete the courses required for completion of the BS degree with no more than 10 hours remaining in the semester of expected graduation.

Preparation for entry into an accelerated Master's Program (NON-THESIS) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

This program requires careful planning by the student in order to complete the requirements for the B.S. while initiating graduate work that should result in completion of courses leading to a Master’s Degree, non-thesis concentration. This curriculum allows completion of the two degrees in a minimum of five years. Required courses and electives must be scheduled so that the student has only eight hours of undergraduate course work remaining in the spring of the senior year. The student should then schedule ST 8114 Statistical Methods and an 8000 level BCH course in that same semester. Graduate work must include BCH 8654 Intermediary Metabolism and BCH 7000 (3 hrs) Directed Individual Study (to allow completion of an independent research paper).

The student interested in the five year program should apply early in the undergraduate program to facilitate the scheduling of courses to conform to time constraints. In addition to applying for admission to the graduate program, the student must also take the Graduate Record Examination early enough so that the results are available by the beginning of the semester in which the student expects to graduate. The student must complete the courses required for completion of the B.S. Degree with no more than 10 hours remaining in the semester of expected graduation.

Preparation for entry into an accelerated Ph.D. Program in Molecular Biology

This program requires careful planning by the student in order to complete the requirements for the B.S. while beginning a research program that should meaningfully accelerate progress towards early completion of the Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology. By initiating a research program in the senior year, a student should reduce the time to completion of the Ph.D. by a year. Only exceptional and motivated students should attempt this program. It is critical that BCH 4603 General Biochemistry be scheduled in the spring of the sophomore year.

The student will be expected to begin a research project in the senior year by taking the Directed Individual Study Courses. Research will continue during the summer after completion of the B.S. degree. The student must register for BCH 9000 Dissertation Research/ Dissertation in Biochemistry,Molecular Biology,Entomology and Plant Pathology during the summer.

The student should plan his/her complete graduate program of study in conjunction with research Director and Graduate Committee. Since the Ph.D. is primarily a research degree, ultimate time to completion will be dependent upon the period necessary to satisfy the research requirements of the Graduate Committee. This concentration allows the student to begin that research substantially earlier than usual.

BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Degree Requirements

English Composition
EN 1103English Composition I3
or EN 1163 Accelerated Composition I
EN 1113English Composition II3
or EN 1173 Accelerated Composition II
Mathematics
MA 1713Calculus I3
MA 1723Calculus II3
Science
Satisfied in major core9
Humanities
Select from General Education courses6
Fine Arts
Select from General Education courses3
Social Sciences
See concentration requirements6
Major Core
CH 1213Chemistry I3
CH 1211Investigations in Chemistry I1
CH 1223Chemistry II3
CH 1221Investigations in Chemistry II1
CH 4513Organic Chemistry I3
CH 4511Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CH 4523Organic Chemistry II3
CH 4521Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
BCH 1001Introduction to Biochemistry1
BCH 3901Senior Seminar1
BCH 4414Protein Methods4
BCH 4503Scientific Communication Skills3
BCH 4603General Biochemistry3
BCH 4613General Biochemistry3
BCH 4623Biochemistry of Specialized Tissues3
BCH 4713Molecular Biology3
BCH 4804Molecular Biology Methods4
BIO 1134Biology I4
BIO 1144Biology II4
BIO 3304General Microbiology4
PH 1113General Physics I 13
or PH 2213 Physics I
PH 1123General Physics II 13
or PH 2223 Physics II
Technical Electives (concentration dependent) 221-32
General Electives (concentration dependent)0-10
Oral Communication Requirement
CO 1003Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Writing Requirement
BCH 4414Protein Methods4
BCH 4804Molecular Biology Methods4
Computer Literacy
BCH 4414Protein Methods4
BCH 4713Molecular Biology3
BCH 4804Molecular Biology Methods4

Pre-Medicine Concentration (MED)

Biochemistry is an excellent preparation for medical school. In order to be better prepared for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), medical school classes, and to meet medical school entrance requirements, the following courses are required in lieu of technical or general electives. These courses are also appropriate for students interested in dental school.

Social Sciences (See General Education list)6
BIO 2103Cell Biology3
or BIO 4114 Cellular Physiology
Choose one of the following:4
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Physiology
BIO 3103Genetics I3
or BIO 4133 Human Genetics
Choose one of the following:3
General Physics III
Physics III (OR a technical elective if transferring 8 hours of Physics to the program)
Choose one of the following:3
Introduction to Ethics
Medical Ethics
Science Elective
Technical electives6
General or Free electives8-9
Total hours120

Pre-Dental Concentration (DENT)

Biochemistry is an excellent preparation for dental school. This concentration prepares students for the Dental Admissions Test, dental school classes, and to meet dental school requirements. The following courses are required as either Social Science core courses or in lieu of technical or general electives.

PSY 1013General Psychology3
Social Science (See General Education courses)3
BIO 2103Cell Biology3
or BIO 4114 Cellular Physiology
BIO 3014Human Physiology4
or BIO 4514 Animal Physiology
ST 2113Introduction to Statistics3
Choose one of the following:3
Introduction to Ethics 1
Medical Ethics
Science Elective
PH 1133General Physics III (OR Science elective if transferring 8 hours of Physics to the program)3
Science electives6
General or Free electives8-9
Total hours 120
1

PHI 1123 Introduction to Ethics may be used to fulfill three of the six hours of General Education Humanities requirements. Students taking this course may apply this as a humanities elective (if they so choose) and then take either PHI 3323 Medical Ethics or any other approved Science elective to fulfill this technical elective requirement.

Pre-Pharmacy Concentration (PPHR)

Pharmacy school typically requires only two to three years of college work for entry. However, four-year undergraduate programs can be of benefit to students and Biochemistry graduates have been very successful in Pharmacy School and perform well on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test. The following courses are required as either Social Science core courses or in lieu of technical or general electives.

PSY 1013General Psychology3
or SO 1003 Introduction to Sociology
EC 2113Principles of Macroeconomics3
EC 2123Principles of Microeconomics3
ST 2113Introduction to Statistics3
BIO 3103Genetics I3
or BIO 4113 Evolution
BIO 4405Pathogenic Microbiology5
BIO 4413Immunology3
BIO 4514Animal Physiology4
PHI 3323Medical Ethics3
PH 1133General Physics III (OR Science elective if transferring 8 hours of Physics to the program)3
General or Free electives4
Total hours120

Pre-Optometry Concentration (OPT)

Biochemistry is an excellent preparation for optometry school. This concentration prepares students for the Optometry Admissions Test, optometry school classes, and to meet optometry school requirements. The following courses are required as either Social Science core courses or in lieu of technical or general electives.

PSY 1013General Psychology3
Social Science (See General Education courses)3
BIO 2103Cell Biology3
or BIO 4114 Cellular Physiology
BIO 3014Human Physiology4
or BIO 4514 Animal Physiology
ST 2113Introduction to Statistics3
Choose one of the following:3
Introduction to Ethics 1
Medical Ethics
Science Elective
PH 1133General Physics III (OR Science elective if transferring 8 hours of Physics to the program)3
Science elective6
General or Free electives8-9
Total hours 120
1

PHI 1123 Introduction to Ethics may be used to fulfill three of the six hours of General Education Humanities requirements. Students taking this course can apply this as a humanities elective (if they so choose) and then can take either PHI 3323 Medical Ethics or any other approved Science elective to fulfill this technical elective requirement.

Science Concentration (SCI)

The Science concentration provides students with core classes towards a degree in biochemistry coupled with undergraduate research and/or internship requirements. Additional coursework as technical electives concentrate on cell biology, anatomy and/or physiology, with much of the coursework remaining flexible to allow students to explore specialized subject matter or broad areas of interest in the sciences. This concentration is intended for students that may pursue graduate research after their undergraduate degree, or those seeking to tailor a specialization to their interest or intended career track. The following courses are required in lieu of technical or general electives.

Social Sciences (see General Education list)6
BCH 4100Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Internship1-6
or BCH 4000 Directed Individual Study in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology
Choose one of the following:4
Human Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Physiology
BIO 2103Cell Biology3
or BIO 4114 Cellular Physiology
Science or business technical electives12
General/free electives8-9
Total hours 120

Bioinformatics Concentration (BINF)1

This concentration provides the student with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology incorporating a strong background in the biochemical sciences along with a rigorous preparation in the field of computer science. The graduate will be able to either enter graduate school or directly enter a career requiring knowledge of bioinformatics. This exciting field applies computational and database skills to molecular biological problems. Practitioners routinely mine genomic databases for information relating to basic understanding of life processes as well as information providing clues for medical and agricultural advances. This program also constitutes a minor in computer science. Students MUST take the following courses in lieu of technical and general electives.

Social Sciences (See General Education courses)6
CSE 1284Introduction to Computer Programming4
CSE 1384Intermediate Computer Programming4
CSE 2383Data Structures and Analysis of Algorithms3
CSE 2813Discrete Structures3
CSE 3813Introduction to Formal Languages and Automata3
CSE 4613Bio-computing3
CSE 4633Artificial Intelligence3
CSE 4623Computational Biology3
CSE 4833Introduction to Analysis of Algorithms3
ST 3123Introduction to Statistical Inference (OR Computer Science Elective)3
Total hours 121
1

Completion of the Bioinformatics program also constitutes a minor in Computer Science from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and students receive a Certificate in Computational Biology from the Institute of Digital Biology. Note that students must declare to the appropriate program and/or departmental advisor to receive credit for a degree minor and/or to receive a Certificate.

Pre-MBA Concentration (PMBA)

This concentration provides the student with a B.S. in Biochemistry incorporating a strong background in science while preparing the student for immediate entry into a graduate program leading to an advanced business degree (either the Master of Business Administration or the Master of Agribusiness Management). Either program can be completed in a minimum of three semesters. Students thus educated may enter into management level positions in the biotech or agribusiness industry. The following courses are required as either Social Science core courses or in lieu of technical or general electives.

ACC 2013Principles of Financial Accounting3
ACC 2023Principles of Managerial Accounting3
EC 2113Principles of Macroeconomics3
EC 2123Principles of Microeconomics3
BQA 2113Business Statistical Methods I3
BQA 3123Business Statistical Methods II3
MGT 3114Principles of Management and Production4
MKT 3013Principles of Marketing3
FIN 3123Financial Management3
Computer elective3
General/Free electives6
Total hours 120

Forensic Sciences Concentration (FOSC)

This concentration provides the student with a B.S. in Biochemistry incorporating a strong background in the biochemical sciences along with a rigorous preparation in the general area of criminology and forensics. Because of the ever increasing use of molecular sciences in forensics, graduates with this specialization should be employable by crime labs or by industry using DNA profiling or other biometric techniques. Internships are encouraged. The following courses are required as either Social Science core courses or in lieu of technical or general electives.

PSY 1013General Psychology3
SO 1003Introduction to Sociology3
Choose one of the following:3
Analytical Chemistry I
Introduction to Statistics
Introductory Psychological Statistics
SO 3603Criminological Theory3
CRM 3103Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice3
SO 3313Deviant Behavior3
or PSY 3213 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
Choose one of the following:3
Forensic Psychology
Human Osteology
Introduction to Computer Forensics
Genetics I
BIO 2103Cell Biology3
or BIO 4114 Cellular Physiology
BCH 2013Introduction to Forensic Science3
BCH 4333Advanced Forensic Science3
SO 4513Correctional Systems (OR Science elective)3
General/free electives3-4
Total hours 120

Entomology Concentration (ENT)

This concentration provides a student with a B.S. in Biochemistry but incorporates a focal area in entomology. Students receive excellent training in the biochemical sciences, coupled with general and specific entomology subject areas from which the student can choose subject matter in their areas of interest. The following courses are required in lieu of technical or general electives.

Social Sciences (see General Education courses)6
EPP 4154General Entomology4
EPP 4164Insect Taxonomy4
EPP 4263Principles of Insect Pest Management3
EPP 4335Anatomy and Physiology of Insects5
Choose three of the following:6-8
Forest Pest Management
Ornamental and Turfgrass Insects
Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Field Crop Insects
Aquatic Entomology
Toxicology and Insecticide Chemistry
General/free electives
Total hours120

Plant Pathology Concentration (PPTH)

This concentration provides a student with a B.S. in Biochemistry but incorporates a focal area in plant pathology. Students receive excellent training in the biochemical sciences, coupled with general and specific plant pathology subject areas in plant disease epidemiology, pathology and disease identification/diagnostics. The following courses are required in lieu of technical or general electives.

Social Sciences (see General Education courses)6
EPP 3124Forest Pest Management4
EPP 4113Principles of Plant Pathology3
EPP 4163Plant Disease Management3
EPP 4214Diseases of Crops4
EPP 4254Introduction to Mycology4
EPP 4523Turfgrass Diseases3
BIO 2113Plant Biology3
or PSS 1313 Plant Science
Choose one of the following:3-4
Plant Growth and Development
General Plant Physiology
General/free electives3-4
Total hours needed for major120

Pre-Veterinary Medicine Concentration (PVBC)

Biochemistry is an excellent preparation for veterinary medical school. In order to be better prepared for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Veterinary College Admissions Test, veterinary medical school classes, and to meet veterinary medical school entrance requirements, the following courses are required in lieu of technical or general electives.

BIO 3103Genetics I3
or BIO 4133 Human Genetics
VS 3014Anatomy and Physiology4
or BIO 4514 Animal Physiology
BIO 2103Cell Biology3
or BIO 4114 Cellular Physiology
Science or business technical electives12
Social Sciences (See General Education courses)6
General/free electives8-9
Total hours 120

Three year program (3+1) for early admission into the College of Veterinary Medicine

The aim of this curriculum is to allow a student to matriculate through the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for three years and then proceed into the College of Veterinary Medicine under their early admissions policy. Successful completion of the courses taken during the first year in Veterinary Medicine will satisfy the Department’s requirements for technical electives and allow the University to grant the student a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology after this period.

General Education requirements30
CH 1213Chemistry I3
CH 1211Investigations in Chemistry I1
CH 1223Chemistry II3
CH 1221Investigations in Chemistry II1
CH 4513Organic Chemistry I3
CH 4511Organic Chemistry Laboratory I1
CH 4523Organic Chemistry II3
CH 4521Organic Chemistry Laboratory II1
BCH 1001Introduction to Biochemistry1
BCH 4503Scientific Communication Skills3
BCH 4603General Biochemistry3
BCH 4414Protein Methods4
BCH 4613General Biochemistry3
BCH 4623Biochemistry of Specialized Tissues3
BCH 4713Molecular Biology3
BCH 3901Senior Seminar1
BCH 4804Molecular Biology Methods4
BIO 1134Biology I4
BIO 1144Biology II4
BIO 3304General Microbiology4
PH 1113General Physics I3
PH 1123General Physics II3
VS 3014Anatomy and Physiology4
or BIO 4514 Animal Physiology
BIO 3103Genetics I3
or BIO 4133 Human Genetics

95 hours required plus successful completion of the first year curriculum of the College of Veterinary Medicine

Mississippi State requires a minimum of 120 hours for the undergraduate degree. Therefore, the first year in the College of Veterinary Medicine will contribute 25 hours of technical electives to this program.

Biochemistry Minor

BCH 4603General Biochemistry3
BCH 4613General Biochemistry3
BCH 4414Protein Methods4
or BCH 4804 Molecular Biology Methods
BCH 4713Molecular Biology3
Select a minimum of 6 hours (any two courses) from the following:6-7
Introduction to Forensic Science
Directed Individual Study in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Internship
Macronutrients: Human Metabolism
Advanced Forensic Science
Protein Methods
Molecular Biology Methods
Biochemistry of Specialized Tissues
Special Topics in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology
Total Hours19-20

Biochemistry Courses

BCH 1001 Introduction to Biochemistry: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. A course to acquaint the beginning students with the overall concepts of biochemistry and molecular biology. Current research will be described. Offered every year

BCH 1011 First Year Seminar: 1 hour.

One hour lecture. First-year seminars explore a diverse arrary of topics that provide students with an opportunity to learn about a specific discipline from skilled faculty members

BCH 2013 Introduction to Forensic Science: 3 hours.

(Prerequsite BIO 1134, BIO 1144 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Introduction to the field of forensic science, including areas of trace evidence, DNA, drug analysis, and an overview of forensic science techniques and technologies

BCH 2990 Special Topics in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

BCH 3901 Senior Seminar: 1 hour.

(Prerequisite: BCH 4613/6613). Each student will prepare and present a formal paper based on independent study of the literature and undergraduate research investigations

BCH 4000 Directed Individual Study in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

BCH 4013 Principles of Biochemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CH 2503, BIO 1134 or equivalent.) Three hours lecture. A survey of biochemistry designed to provide the non-major with a comprehensive background in the field. (Credit will not be given to students matriculating in the Biochemistry or Molecular Biology degree programs.)

BCH 4100 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Internship: 1-6 hours.

Internship (1 to 6 Hours). Credit hours to be arranged. Supervised work, career shadowing, or research experience in disciplines related to biochemistry and molecular biology in an appropriate setting approved by the faculty advisor. (May be taken more than once for credit)

BCH 4113 Essentials of Molecular Genetics: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A survey of molecular biology and genetics designed to provide the non-major with a comprehensive background in the field. (Credit will not be given to students matriculating in the Biochemistry or Molecular Biology degree program)

BCH 4253 Macronutrients: Human Metabolism: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: FNH Majors: Grade of “C” or better or concurrent enrollment in BCH 4013 and Junior or Senior Standing; or BCH Major). Three hours face-to-face lecture or web-based distance instruction. In-depth study of the chemistry and functionality of macronutrients in food systems and their biochemical impact on the human body. (Same as FNH 4253/6253)

BCH 4333 Advanced Forensic Science: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:BCH 4013/6013 or BCH 4603/6603 and BCH 4613/6613; or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. An advanced study of the central concepts in forensic science as they relate to physiology, biochemistry and statistics

BCH 4414 Protein Methods: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: Coregistration in BCH 4603/6603). Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. A comprehensive course to teach the student the modern methods of protein biochemistry

BCH 4503 Scientific Communication Skills: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites:Undergraduate, non-BCH majors-junior or senior standing;BCH majors co-registration in BCH 4414 or consent of instructor, or Graduate standing). Three hours lecture. Introduction to developing information literature and survey of data manipulation and presentation skills

BCH 4603 General Biochemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: CH 4523/6523 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. BCH 4603/6603 must be completed before student may enroll in BCH 4613/6613. Detailed studies of the structure and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes, and coenzymes

BCH 4613 General Biochemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: CH 4523/6523 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. BCH 4603/6603 must be completed before student may enroll in BCH 4613/6613. Detailed studies of the structure and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes, and coenzymes

BCH 4623 Biochemistry of Specialized Tissues: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Coregistration in BCH 4613/6613). A continuation of BCH 4613/6613 to include a study of specialized tissues, hormones, acid-base balance in animals and other physiological parameters of biochemistry

BCH 4713 Molecular Biology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Coregistration in BCH 4613/6613). Three hours lecture. A study of basic molecular process such as synthesis of DNA, RNA, and protein in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Offered fall semester. (Same as GNS 6713)

BCH 4804 Molecular Biology Methods: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite:Coregistration in BCH 4613/6613). Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. A comprehensive course to teach the student the modern methods of molecular biology. (Same as GNS 4804/6804),

BCH 4990 Special Topics in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

BCH 6013 Principles of Biochemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: CH 2503, BIO 1134 or equivalent.) Three hours lecture. A survey of biochemistry designed to provide the non-major with a comprehensive background in the field. (Credit will not be given to students matriculating in the Biochemistry or Molecular Biology degree programs.)

BCH 6113 Essentials of Molecular Genetics: 3 hours.

Three hours lecture. A survey of molecular biology and genetics designed to provide the non-major with a comprehensive background in the field. (Credit will not be given to students matriculating in the Biochemistry or Molecular Biology degree program)

BCH 6253 Macronutrients: Human Metabolism: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: FNH Majors: Grade of “C” or better or concurrent enrollment in BCH 4013 and Junior or Senior Standing; or BCH Major). Three hours face-to-face lecture or web-based distance instruction. In-depth study of the chemistry and functionality of macronutrients in food systems and their biochemical impact on the human body. (Same as FNH 4253/6253)

BCH 6333 Advanced Forensic Science: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:BCH 4013/6013 or BCH 4603/6603 and BCH 4613/6613; or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. An advanced study of the central concepts in forensic science as they relate to physiology, biochemistry and statistics

BCH 6414 Protein Methods: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: Coregistration in BCH 4603/6603). Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. A comprehensive course to teach the student the modern methods of protein biochemistry

BCH 6503 Scientific Communication Skills: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites:Undergraduate, non-BCH majors-junior or senior standing;BCH majors co-registration in BCH 4414 or consent of instructor, or Graduate standing). Three hours lecture. Introduction to developing information literature and survey of data manipulation and presentation skills

BCH 6603 General Biochemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: CH 4523/6523 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. BCH 4603/6603 must be completed before student may enroll in BCH 4613/6613. Detailed studies of the structure and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes, and coenzymes

BCH 6613 General Biochemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: CH 4523/6523 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. BCH 4603/6603 must be completed before student may enroll in BCH 4613/6613. Detailed studies of the structure and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids, enzymes, and coenzymes

BCH 6623 Biochemistry of Specialized Tissues: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Coregistration in BCH 4613/6613). A continuation of BCH 4613/6613 to include a study of specialized tissues, hormones, acid-base balance in animals and other physiological parameters of biochemistry

BCH 6713 Molecular Biology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Coregistration in BCH 4613/6613). Three hours lecture. A study of basic molecular process such as synthesis of DNA, RNA, and protein in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Offered fall semester. (Same as GNS 6713)

BCH 6804 Molecular Biology Methods: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite:Coregistration in BCH 4613/6613). Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. A comprehensive course to teach the student the modern methods of molecular biology. (Same as GNS 4804/6804),

BCH 6990 Special Topics in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

BCH 7000 Directed Individual Study in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

BCH 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

BCH 8101 Seminar: 1 hour.

Review of current literature; individual presentation of research or classical topics

BCH 8243 Molecular Biology of Plants: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Coregistration in BCH 4613/6613). Three hours lecture. A study of plant development at the molecular level. Emphasis will be placed on the influence of nucleic acid metabolism on plant development

BCH 8631 Topics in Genomics: 1 hour.

(Prerequisites:PSS/BCH 8653 or BCH 4713/6713 or BCH 8643 ). Review and discussion of classic and current genomics literature;individual presentation of a seminar highlighting an area of genomics research. (Same as PSS 8631)

BCH 8633 Enzymes: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: BCH 4613/6613). Three hours lecture. A study of enzymes; their purification, classification, kinetics and mechanisms

BCH 8643 Molecular Genetics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PO 3103, or BIO 3103, and Coregistration in BCH 5613/7613). Three hours lecture. Study of the gene and its expression with emphasis on structure and function in higher organisms. (Same as GNS 8643)

BCH 8653 Genomes and Genomics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites:BCH 4113/6113 or BCH 4713/6713 or BCH 8643 or consent of instructor). Overview of genome structure and evolution with emphasis on genomics, the use of molecular biology, robotics, and advanced computational methods to efficiently study genomes. (Same as PSS 8653)

BCH 8654 Intermediary Metabolism: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: BCH 4613/6613). Four hours lecture. An advanced in-depth study of anabolic and catabolic pathways involved in cellular metabolism. Bioenergetics and control mechanisms will be emphasized

BCH 8990 Special Topics in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

BCH 9000 Dissertation Research/ Dissertation in Biochemistry,Molecular Biology,Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credit to be arranged

Entomology & Plant Pathology Courses

EPP 1001 First Year Experience: 1 hour.

EPP 2213 Introduction to Insects: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Introduction to structure, function, ecology, taxonomy and evolution of the largest and most diverse group of organisms and how they impact humans and their environment

EPP 2990 Special Topics in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

EPP 3124 Forest Pest Management: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Study of the biology, damage, survey techniques, and control of forest diseases and insects. Pest management in southern forests will be emphasized. Fall semester

EPP 3423 Ornamental and Turfgrass Insects: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Study of the life history, damage, economic importance and control strategies of pests on ornamental plants and turfgrass

EPP 4000 Directed Individual Study in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

EPP 4113 Principles of Plant Pathology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: BIO 1134 and Bio 1144 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Acquiring a general knowledge of the principles of plant pathology through a study of selected plant diseases of economic importance for Mississippi

EPP 4152 Advanced Fungal Taxonomy-Fungi Imperfecti: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite:Consent of Instructor). One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory. Methods and practice in identification of taxon-fungi imperfecti in different ecosystems. Includes conventional macroscopic and microscopic techniques for identification compared with molecular methods

EPP 4154 General Entomology: 4 hours.

Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Fall semester. Biology of insects including morphology, physiology, development, ecology and emphasis on classification of orders and common families

EPP 4163 Plant Disease Management: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 4113/6113 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Techniques and fundamentals of plant disease management. Disease dynamics related to management, avoidance, exclusion, eradication of pathogens; principles of plant protection, spraying techniques; biological control. Spring semester

EPP 4164 Insect Taxonomy: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 4154). Two hours lecture. Six hours laboratory. Spring semester. Advanced study of insect classification

EPP 4173 Medical and Veterinary Entomology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:EPP 4154 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Two hour laboratory. Exxentials of the biology, disease relationships, surveillance, and control of arthropods parastitic on humans and animals in the context of clincal and preventive medicine

EPP 4214 Diseases of Crops: 4 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPP 3113 or 3124). Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Fundamentals and practical aspects of identification and control of selected diseases of crop plants grown in the southern U.S. Spring semester

EPP 4234 Field Crop Insects: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 2213 or 4154). Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Fall semester. Recognition, biology, distribution, damage, economic importance and methods of control of insect pests of agronomic and horticultural crops

EPP 4244 Aquatic Entomology: 4 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPP 4154 or instructors approval). Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Study of basic biological and ecological principles important to aquatic insects and related arthropods, including life histories, evolutionary adaptations, community and species and identification

EPP 4254 Introduction to Mycology: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: BIO 1134 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Subjects include fungal structures, function and physiology, reproduction, genetics, emphasis in taxonomy and influence of reproductive stages of Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes on plant and forest ecosystems

EPP 4263 Principles of Insect Pest Management: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Discussion of pest management concepts, insect control methods, sampling, and pest management systems. Laboratory involves sampling, calibration and other exercises related to pest management

EPP 4264 Advanced Mycology: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: BIO 1134 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Subjects include fungal structures, function and physiology, reproduction, genetics, and taxonomy of Oomycota, Chytridiomycota, and Zygomycota (Glomeromycota) and other phyla on plant and forest ecosystems

EPP 4313 Forensic Entomology: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Introduction to the identification and ecology of insects and other arthropods associated with corpses/carrion and related materials in the context of forensic science

EPP 4335 Anatomy and Physiology of Insects: 5 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 4154). Four hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Spring semester. Introduction to the basic principles of structure and function of insect organ systems from a comparative and evolutionary viewpoint. (Same as PHY 6335)

EPP 4523 Turfgrass Diseases: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 3113 or 3124) Two hours lecture Three hours laboratory. Study of the life cycle, damage, economic importance and control startegies of turfgrass diseases

EPP 4543 Toxicology and Insecticide Chemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry). Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Spring semester. Chemistry, toxicity and mode of action of major groups of insecticides. Laboratory; bioassay methods, insecticide interactions, calculations

EPP 4613 Forensic Entomolgy: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours Laboratory. Introduction to the identification and ecology of insects and other arthropods associated with corpses/carrion and related materials in the context of forensic science

EPP 4990 Special Topics in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

EPP 6113 Principles of Plant Pathology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: BIO 1134 and Bio 1144 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Acquiring a general knowledge of the principles of plant pathology through a study of selected plant diseases of economic importance for Mississippi

EPP 6152 Advanced Fungal Taxonomy-Fungi Imperfecti: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite:Consent of Instructor). One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory. Methods and practice in identification of taxon-fungi imperfecti in different ecosystems. Includes conventional macroscopic and microscopic techniques for identification compared with molecular methods

EPP 6154 General Entomology: 4 hours.

Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Fall semester. Biology of insects including morphology, physiology, development, ecology and emphasis on classification of orders and common families

EPP 6162 Advanced Fungal Taxonomy-Ascomycetes: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor).One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory.Methods and practice in identification of taxon-ascomycetes in different ecosystems. Includes conventional macroscopic and microscopic techniques for identification compared with molecular methods

EPP 6163 Plant Disease Management: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 4113/6113 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Techniques and fundamentals of plant disease management. Disease dynamics related to management, avoidance, exclusion, eradication of pathogens; principles of plant protection, spraying techniques; biological control. Spring semester

EPP 6164 Insect Taxonomy: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 4154). Two hours lecture. Six hours laboratory. Spring semester. Advanced study of insect classification

EPP 6172 Advanced Fungal Taxonomy-Fleshy Basidiomycetes: 2 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor). One hour lecture. Two hours laboratory. Methods and practice in identification of taxon-basidiomycetes in different ecosystems.Includes conventional mascroscopic and microscopic techniques for identification compared with molecular methods

EPP 6173 Medical and Veterinary Entomology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:EPP 4154 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Two hour laboratory. Exxentials of the biology, disease relationships, surveillance, and control of arthropods parastitic on humans and animals in the context of clincal and preventive medicine

EPP 6182 Advanced Fungal Taxonomy-Oomycetes and Zygomycetes: 2 hours.

(Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor ). One hour lecture. Two hour laboratory. Methods and practice in identification of taxon-oomycetes and zygomycetes in different ecosystems. Includes conventional macroscopic and microscopic techniques for identification compared with molecular methods

EPP 6214 Diseases of Crops: 4 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPP 3113 or 3124). Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Fundamentals and practical aspects of identification and control of selected diseases of crop plants grown in the southern U.S. Spring semester

EPP 6234 Field Crop Insects: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 2213 or 4154). Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Fall semester. Recognition, biology, distribution, damage, economic importance and methods of control of insect pests of agronomic and horticultural crops

EPP 6244 Aquatic Entomology: 4 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPP 4154 or instructors approval). Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Study of basic biological and ecological principles important to aquatic insects and related arthropods, including life histories, evolutionary adaptations, community and species and identification

EPP 6254 Introduction to Mycology: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: BIO 1134 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Subjects include fungal structures, function and physiology, reproduction, genetics, emphasis in taxonomy and influence of reproductive stages of Ascomycetes, Basidiomycetes on plant and forest ecosystems

EPP 6263 Principles of Insect Pest Management: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Discussion of pest management concepts, insect control methods, sampling, and pest management systems. Laboratory involves sampling, calibration and other exercises related to pest management

EPP 6264 Advanced Mycology: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite: BIO 1134 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Four hours laboratory. Subjects include fungal structures, function and physiology, reproduction, genetics, and taxonomy of Oomycota, Chytridiomycota, and Zygomycota (Glomeromycota) and other phyla on plant and forest ecosystems

EPP 6313 Forensic Entomology: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Introduction to the identification and ecology of insects and other arthropods associated with corpses/carrion and related materials in the context of forensic science

EPP 6335 Anatomy and Physiology of Insects: 5 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 4154). Four hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Spring semester. Introduction to the basic principles of structure and function of insect organ systems from a comparative and evolutionary viewpoint. (Same as PHY 6335)

EPP 6523 Turfgrass Diseases: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 3113 or 3124) Two hours lecture Three hours laboratory. Study of the life cycle, damage, economic importance and control startegies of turfgrass diseases

EPP 6543 Toxicology and Insecticide Chemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry). Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Spring semester. Chemistry, toxicity and mode of action of major groups of insecticides. Laboratory; bioassay methods, insecticide interactions, calculations

EPP 6613 Forensic Entomology: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Two hours Laboratory. Introduction to the identification and ecology of insects and other arthropods associated with corpses/carrion and related materials in the context of forensic science

EPP 6990 Special Topics in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

EPP 7000 Directed Individual Study in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

EPP 8000 Thesis Research/ Thesis in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-13 hours.

Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and credits to be arranged

EPP 8111 Seminar: 1 hour.

Consideration of recent advances and problems in Entomology and Plant Pathology; student participation, general discussion

EPP 8113 Plant Nematology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 3113). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Basic morphology, taxonomy, and nomenclature; discussion of plant pathogenic general, symptomatology, methods of isolation, control methods, and interrelationship of nematodes to other plant pathogens. Fall semester, even years

EPP 8121 Seminar: 1 hour.

Consideration of recent advances and problems in Entomology and Plant Pathology; student participation, general discussion

EPP 8123 Plant Virology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 4133/6133 or equivalent). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Morphology and structure of infectious entity; characteristics of plant virus groups including symptomatology, transmission, vectors, etc. Methods of assay and purification. Spring semester, even years

EPP 8133 Plant Bacteriology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite:EPP 4113,EPP 6133 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours Laboratory. Morphology, biology and taxonomy of plant-associated bacteria and physio-biochemical and molecular mechanisms involved in their interactions with plants; development and management of plant bacterial diseases

EPP 8143 Advanced Plant Pathology I: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 3113). Three hours lecture. The dynamic nature of disease. Genetics and variability of the major groups of plant pathogens. Epidemiology. Genetics of the host-parasitic interaction. Fall semesters

EPP 8144 Transmission Electro Microscopy: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite:Consent of Instructor). One hour lecture. Six hours laboratory. Introduction to TEM including life sciences (tissue) and engineering (crystalline materials) topics. (Same as ME 8144)

EPP 8173 Clinical Plant Pathology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPP 3113 and EPP 4114). Two four-hour laboratories. Clinical techniques, procedures, and experience in diagnosing plant diseases in the laboratory and field. Covers diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, MLO, nematodes, unfavorable environment and viruses. Summer

EPP 8223 Scanning Electron Microscopy: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Graduate Student, consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory . Fall semester. Introduction to scanning electron microscopy and associated techniques

EPP 8253 Advanced Plant Pathology II: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: EPP 4113/6113, BIO 4214/6214, or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Infection processes, weapons utilized by pathogens in attack, and resultant alterations in ultrastructure, function and metabolism

EPP 8263 Insect Rearing: Principles and Procedures: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 2213, EPP 4154, or instructor permission.) Two hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Principles and procedures for hearing high quality insects including safety, genetics environments, diets, diet contamination, disease, and quality control

EPP 8272 Empirical Research in Theory and Practice: 2 hours.

Two hours lecture. Introduction to the nature, process, and societal role of research; logical basis, role of chance, researcher attributes, grantsmanship, publication, ethics, and public policy

EPP 8333 Advanced Toxicology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: EPP 4543. Three hours lecture. Fall semester. Physiological and biochemical actions of pesticides and therapeutic drugs. Pesticide metabolism and resistance. Insecticide synergism. Natural toxins and venoms. (Same as PHY 8333)

EPP 8483 Ecological Genetics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: PO 3103 or equivalent and BIO 4113/6113 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. Introduction to the application of genetic methods and theory to the study of adaptation in natural populations. (Same as GNS 8483)

EPP 8624 Population Ecology of Insects: 4 hours.

(Prerequisite:A course in general ecology) Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Effects of abiotic and biotic factors on distribution and population dynamics of insects mediated through taxis, dispersal, migration, diapause, circadian rhythm,phenology, natality/mortality, and developmental rate

EPP 8990 Special Topics in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-9 hours.

Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years)

EPP 9000 Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Entomology and Plant Pathology: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged