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Courses in LSA Biophysics
Biophysics (BIOPHYS)
BIOPHYS 417 / CHEM 417 / PHYSICS 417. Dynamical Processes in Biophysics
MATH 216 or 256 or 286 or 296 or 316; and PHYSICS 340 or BIOPHYS 370 or CHEM 463. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

The physical basis of diffusive processes in biology and biochemistry, and optical spectroscopic means for measuring its rates. Topics include: membrane electrical potentials, nerve impulses, synaptic transmission, the physics of chemoreception by cells, motion and reaction kinetics of membrane components, optical microscopy, visible and UV light absorption, fluorescence and phosphorescence, quasielastic light scattering, mathematics of random fluctuations, and chaotic processes in biology.

BIOPHYS 433 / PHYSICS 433. Biocomplexity
CHEM 417 or PHYSICS 417, or PHYSICS 406; or graduate standing. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course on biocomplexity explores concepts of nonlinear dynamics and the interplay between chaos and order in biological systems.

BIOPHYS 435. Biophysical Modeling
BIOPHYS/PHYSICS 417 or Graduate Standing. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course explores biophysical modeling and the associated computational tools on length scales ranging from atomistic simulations to multicellular networks.

BIOPHYS 440 / CHEM 440. Biophysics of Diseases
BIOPHYS 370 or CHEM 370 or PHYSICS 370. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

This course deconstructs current and emerging diseases in terms of the malfunctioning of nucleic acids, proteins, and membranes and the interactions between them. The diseases covered includes Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (or Mad-Cow disease), HIV, a variety of bacterial infections, and other biological disorders.

BIOPHYS 450 / PHYSICS 450. Laboratory Techniques in Biophysics
BIOPHYS 370 or CHEM 370 or PHYSICS 370; or PHYSICS 390; or CHEM 452 or BIOLCHEM 452; or graduate standing. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This laboratory course teaches essential laboratory skills in biophysics through hands-on experiments, computational work, and a supporting lecture.

BIOPHYS 463 / BIOINF 463 / MATH 463. Mathematical Modeling in Biology
MATH 214, 217, 417, or 419; and MATH 216, 256, 286, or 316. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

An introduction to the use of continuous and discrete differential equations in the biological sciences. Modeling in biology, physiology and medicine.

BIOPHYS 495. Senior Seminar in Biophysics
BIOPHYS 450 or PHYSICS 450; or graduate standing. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (2). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course speaks to the exchange of scientific information through professional publications and meetings. Students focus on how to write scientific papers and present at conferences and develop these skills through practical exercises.

BIOPHYS 501 / BIOLCHEM 501 / CHEM 501 / CHEMBIO 501 / MEDCHEM 501 / PHRMACOL 501. Chemical Biology I
(3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will provide a high-level overview on the structure, function and chemistry of biological macromolecules including proteins, nucleic acids and carbohydrates. Topics include protein and nucleic acid folding, energetic of macromolecular interactions (kinetics and thermodynamics), and mechanistic enzymology. Using specific examples from the current literature, each topic will stress how chemists have used molecular level tools and probes to help understand the specific systems under study. The over arching theme in this course will be the structure and function and intimately linked.

BIOPHYS 502 / BIOLCHEM 502 / CHEM 502 / CHEMBIO 502 / MEDCHEM 502 / PHRMACOL 505. Chemical Biology II
CHEMBIO 501. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is a continuation of Chemical Biology 501. The basic concepts obtained in Chemical Biology 501 will be applied to and demonstrated in three broad areas of interest to both chemists and biologists. The first topic will discuss combinatorial methods including SELEX and gene shuffling, combinatorial organic synthesis, high throughput screening and chemical genetics. The second topic will focus on signal transduction, emphasizing general concepts (at the molecular level) and how small molecules have been used to probe and modulate signal transduction pathways. The final topic will cover protein translation, stressing mechanistic aspects of protein synthesis and folding in vivo.

BIOPHYS 517 / APPPHYS 517 / PHYSICS 517. Nanobiology Certificate Seminar
(2). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

In this seminar course students will see presentations from researchers in a number of fields important to nanobiology. Advanced students will be able to present material from their own research experiences.

BIOPHYS 520 / CHEM 520. Biophysical Chemistry I
CHEM 463, BIOLCHEM 415, or CHEM 420; permission of course director. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. F.

This course is the first of a two term biophysical chemistry series BIOPHYS 520/521. The course offers an overview of protein, nucleic acid, lipid and carbohydrate structures.

BIOPHYS 521 / CHEM 521. Biophysical Chemistry II
CHEM 461, BIOLCHEM 415, and CHEM 430; and permission of course director. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit. W.

This course gives background applications of several physical techniques used in Biophysical research. General principles of spectroscopy will be explained. Macromolecular structure determination by X-ray diffraction and two-dimensional NMR will be treated in detail. IR, Raman, CD, EXAFS, EPR and ESEEM will be introduced.

BIOPHYS 535. Biophysical Modeling
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of biophysical modeling. Methods such as molecular dynamics and Brownian Dynamics simulations, as well as larger-scare models for regulatory networks are covered and the associated computational tools are introduced.

BIOPHYS 550. Laboratory Techniques in Biophysics
Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This hands-on course teaches essential laboratory skills in biophysics. Experiments cover sample preparation techniques, such as protein expression and purification, modern research methods such as atomic force microscopy, optical tweezers, NMR, X-ray crystallography, and computational techniques such as molecular dynamics simulation. The final project will allow students to explore a topic of interest in greater depth.

BIOPHYS 595. Professional Development in Biophysics
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course will teach professional skills such as writing research articles, reviews, grant proposals, and preparing and giving poster presentations and scientific talks. The scientific publishing process, including peer review, will be discussed and ethical rules and considerations explored. All students will draft an application for an NSF Graduate Fellowship, which will be extensively critiqued by other students and the instructor.

BIOPHYS 602 / BIOLCHEM 602 / CHEM 602 / PHRMACOL 602. Protein Crystallography: Principles of Macromolecular Crystallography
Physical Chemistry. Graduate standing. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Fundamental of the methods for determining 3-dimensional structures of large molecules by x-ray crystallography. Aimed at students who expect to use crystallography as a major tool for their research, and at those who want in-depth knowledge of the methods in order to analyze structure data.

BIOPHYS 608 / MCDB 608 / PHYSICS 608. Biophysical Principles of Microscopy
PHYSICS,Knowledge of complex exponential notation, and graduate standing. Physics 405 or permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

BIOPHYS 670 / CHEM 670. Principles of Magnetic Resonance
CHEM 570 or permission of instructor and graduate standing. (2). May not be repeated for credit.

Classical and quantum mechanical treatments of magnetic resonance phenomena. Included will be discussion of spin systems, rotating fields, electron-nucleus interactions, and relaxation phenomena. Experimental and theoretical aspects of nuclear magnetic resonance, electron spin resonance, 2-D NMR and the product operator formalism; chemical shifts, spin-spin coupling, hyperfine interactions, spin-lattice relaxation, and other topics.

BIOPHYS 801. Seminar by Molecular Biophysics Trainees
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

BIOPHYS 802. Biophysics Seminar
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

This course is for students enrolled in the Biophysics PhD program. They will meet to discuss their research and to voice any questions regarding research best practices.

BIOPHYS 890. Introduction to Research
Consent of instructor required. PHYSICS,Research rotations: Primarily for students in the Biophysics Graduate Program. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 4). May not be repeated for credit.

BIOPHYS 990. Dissertation/Precandidate
Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

BIOPHYS 995. Dissertation/Candidate
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8; 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

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