Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical Program

Sample Schedules

Summer Start

Summer Session

Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices I, with Lab [5 credits]
Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices II, with Lab [5 credits]

Fall Semester

Principles of Biology, with Lab [5 credits]
(or, for strong students who have completed introductory biology, EITHER Genetics & the Human Genome [4 credits] and Lab [1 credit] OR Principles of Genetics [4 credits] and Lab [1 credit])
Organic Chemistry I, with Lab [5 credits]
General Physics I, with Lab [4 credits]

Spring Semester

Principles of Biology II, with Lab [5 credits]
(or Introduction to Biochemistry and Lab [5 credits] for those who have completed introductory biology)
Organic Chemistry II, with Lab [5 credits]
General Physics II, with Lab [4 credits]

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS—SUMMER SESSION

CHM 131 Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices I

Instructor: D. Hickey

Prerequisites: High school chemistry

Description: This course is an introduction to the concepts of chemistry. Properties of chemical systems are discussed from a macroscopic and molecular perspective with examples developed from a wide range of disciplines. Topics include stoichiometry, atoms and molecules, properties of gases, thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, acids and bases, solubility equilibria and oxidation-reduction reactions. In apition to the main lectures each week, there is a lab/lecture with labs two days/week and a recitation two days/week. There is a lab fee of $100.

Offered: Summer

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CHM 132 Chemical Concepts, Systems and Practices II

Instructor: D. Hickey

Prerequisites: CHM 131 with a grade of C- or better

Description: A continuation of CHM 131, emphasizing molecular and microscopic approaches to chemical systems with examples concerned with life sciences or energy and the environment. Topics covered include chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, thermodynamics, properties of atoms, atomic structure, and chemical bonding. There is a lab fee of $100.

Offered: Summer

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS—FALL SEMESTER

BIO 110 Principles of Biology I

Instructor: A. Olek

Course Work: Three 50 minute lectures and one 2 hour problem-based workshop per week

Exams: Three 90-minute exams and one 3-hour final exam

Prerequisites: Completion or concurrent enrollment in CHM 131 or equivalent

Description: The first semester in a year long course sequence. Topics include biochemistry, molecular and cellular evolution, cell reproduction, fundamentals of genetics and molecular biology.

Offered: Fall


BIO 105 Introductory Biology Laboratory

Instructor: A. Olek

Course Work: Laboratory meets for one 3 1/2 hour session each week

Exams: Quizzes, laboratory reports and other assignments, lab practical

Prerequisites: Open only to students in the UR Post-baccalaureate Pre-medical program

Description: The laboratory experiments complement lecture material in BIO 110, Principles of Biology I. Topics include protein and nucleic acid structure, enzyme activity, cell and tissue structure, and cell reproduction. The laboratory emphasizes experimental design and data analysis.

Offered: Fall

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BIO 190 Genetics & the Human Genome

Instructor: T. Eickbush

Course Work: Three 50-minute lectures and one 75-minute problem-based recitation per week

Exams: Three 1-hour exams and a comprehensive final exam

Prerequisites: BIO 110, 111, completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHM 203.

Description: The course will cover the basics of Mendelian and molecular genetics with a focus on the structure, function and evolution of the human genome. The optional companion lab for this course is BIO 198P.

Offered: Fall

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BIO 198 Principles of Genetics

Instructor: E. Sia

Course Work: Three 50-minute lectures and one 75-minute problem-based recitation per week

Exams: Three 1-hour exams and a comprehensive final exam

Prerequisites: BIO 110 or 112 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHM 203.

Description: Methods of genetic analysis are stressed. Topics include Mendelian assortment, gene interaction, linkage and mapping, methods of genetic analysis in yeast, bacteria and phage, DNA replication, recombination, repair and mutation, gene expression and its regulation, transposons and retroviruses, recombinant DNA technologies, and cancer as a genetic disease.

Offered: Fall


BIO 198P Principles of Genetics Lab

Course Work: One 3.5 hour laboratory per week

Exams: Quizzes, laboratory reports and other assignments

Prerequisites: Concurrent with BIO 198 or after completion of BIO 198

Description: This course is an introduction to basic genetic theory and laboratory practices. Topics include classical inheritance in eukaryotes, bacterial genetics and molecular technology techniques. Emphasis is on data analysis and experimental design.

Offered: Fall

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CHM 203 Organic Chemistry I

Instructor: J. Goodman

Exams: Four 1-hour exams and final

Prerequisites: CHM 131 & CHM 132 (with the grade of C- or better) or the equivalent

Description: An introduction to organic chemistry that focuses on chemical bonding, structure and stereochemistry, reactions and reaction mechanisms of organic compounds. There are three 50 minute lectures and one workshop per week. The workshop is an informal, interactive two-hour session in which groups of eight students work on specially designed problems under the guidance of a trained leader. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a mechanism for students to work actively with the material and with each other. Co-registration in CHM 207 is required.

Offered: Fall


CHM 207 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

Instructor: Hafensteiner, B. Toder

Course Work: One 3-hour laboratory & one 50 minute laboratory lecture per week

Exams: Several lab quizzes during lecture

Prerequisites: Co-registration in CHM 203

Description: A one-credit organic chemistry laboratory course that provides an introduction to the characterization and reactivity of organic molecules using modern laboratory techniques. Lab fee: $108 (billed).

Offered: Fall

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PHY 113 General Physics I

Course Work: Two 75-minute lectures and one workshop/recitation per week, plus one three-hour laboratory every other week.

Prerequisites: MTH 141 or MTH 161 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: First course of a two-semester sequence suitable for students in the life sciences. Newtonian particle mechanics, including Newton's laws and their applications to straight-line and circular motions, energy, linear momentum, angular momentum, harmonic motions, Kepler's laws, planetary and satellite motions. Students must register for a PHY-113 laboratory during course registration. Calculus used as needed.

Offered: Fall and Summer

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS—SPRING SEMESTER

BIO 111 Principles of Biology II

Instructor: R. Minckley

Course Work: Three 50 minute lectures and one 50 minute problem-based recitation per week

Exams: Three 1 hour exams and a comprehensive final exam

Prerequisites: None

Description: The second semester of the introductory sequence designed for majors in biology. Topics include evolution, biodiversity, physiology, ecology and conservation biology. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 111P is strongly recommended for those intending to apply to medical school.

Offered: Spring


BIO 111P Introductory Biology Laboratory

Instructor: R. Minckley

Course Work: Lab meets for one 3 1/2 hour session each week.

Exams: Quizzes, laboratory report and other assignments, lab practical

Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in BIO 111. Instructor permission required.

Description: This is the lab course which accompanies the lecture course Principles of Biology II. Plant and animal diversity, biology of protista, animal behavior, bioinformatics, and physiology. Problem-solving, critical thinking and experimental design.

Offered: Spring

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BIO 250 Introduction to Biochemistry

Instructor: M. Clark

Course Work: Three 50 minute lectures plus eight 2-hour workshops

Exams: Three 50 minute exams and a comprehensive final exam

Prerequisites: BIO 110 (or 112), CHM 203

Restrictions: Not open to freshmen

Description: This course will cover fundamental aspects of biochemistry, including bioenergetics, protein structure, kinetic analysis of enzyme action, and general intermediary metabolism. The text will be the 6th edition of Lehninger's "Principles of Biochemistry" by Nelson and Cox, with its accompanying website, which includes access to CHIME tutorials that explore structure-function relationships in biomolecules. (See BIO 151 for laboratory)

Offered: Spring


BIO 151 Introduction to Biochemistry - Lab

Instructor: A. Olek

Exams: Multiple quizzes and assignments and one practical examination

Prerequisites: One year of introductory biology and chemistry ( e.g., BIO 110 & 111, CHM 131 & 132). Genetics ( e.g., BIO 198 or BIO 190) recommended

Description: Complements Biochemistry lecture. Experimental design and data analysis using enzyme assays, electrophoretic gels, antibodies and light microscopy.

Offered: Spring

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CHM 204 Organic Chemistry II

Instructor: B. Nilsson

Exams: Three 1-hour exams and a final

Prerequisites: CHM 203 with the grade of C- or better or the equivalent

Description: A continuation of a two-semester sequence in the study of organic chemistry. Topics covered include the reactivity of various functional groups, approaches to organic synthesis, reactivity of conjugated systems and molecules of biological significance. There are three 50 minute lectures and one workshop per week. Co-registration in CHM 208 required. Lab fee: $100 (billed).

Offered: Spring


CHM 208 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory

Instructor: B. Toder, Hafensteiner

Exams: Periodic quizzes at the beginning of the laboratory period

Prerequisites: CHM 207; Co-registration in CHM 204

Description: A continuation of the laboratory sequence begun in CHM 207 with two components. This 1-credit laborator y section meets once each week for two hours and 40 minutes. In apition, the lab-lecture meets once each week for 50 minutes. Lab fee: $100 (billed).

Offered: Spring

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PHY 114 General Physics II

Prerequisites: PHY 113, MTH 142-43, or 162 (may be taken concurrently)

Description: Second semester of a two-semester sequence suitable for students in the life of sciences. Electricity and magnetism, optics, electromagnetic waves, and modern physics (introduction to relativity, quantum physics, etc.). Students register for a laboratory and workshop during course registration. In apition to the two 75-minute lectures, one approximately three hour laboratory is held every other week. Workshop/recitation times are determined by the instructor.

Offered: Spring and Summer

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