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BIOL 5376 Applied Bioinformatics (3 semester hours) Genomic information content; database searches; pairwise and multiple sequence alignment; mutations and distance-based phylogenetic analysis; genomics and gene recognition; genetic polymorphisms and forensic applications; nucleic-acid and protein array analysis; structure prediction of biological macromolecules. Lectures are augmented with laboratory exercises and demonstrations.  Introductory statistics and 2 semesters of calculus required. (3-0) Y
CS 6325 Introduction to Bioinformatics (3 semester hours) This course aims to introduce graduate students to the new field of bioinformatics. This area has arisen from the needs of biologists to utilize and help interpret the vast amounts of data that are constantly being gathered in biomedical research. This course provides an overview of the basic concepts in molecular cell biology and molecular genetics, outlines the nature of the existing data, and describes the kind of computer algorithms and techniques that are necessary to understand biomedical data. Prerequisite: CS5343 Data Structure or permission of instructor (3-0) Y
BIOL 5381 Genomics (3 semester hours) The fundamentals of how the human genome sequence was acquired and the impact of the human genome era on biomedical research, medical care and genetic testing will be explored.   New tools such as DNA microarray, realtime PCR, mass spectrometry and data mining using bioinformatics will be covered.  (3-0) Y
BIOL 6373 Proteomics (3 semester hours) Protein identification, sequencing, analysis of post-translational modifications, understanding protein interactions, and changes in content by mass spectrometry; and determination of function using protein chip microarrays. (3-0) Y
BIOL 6384 Biotechnology Laboratory (3 semester hours) Laboratory instruction in LC/MS/MS mass spectral analysis of cellular proteomes; PCR; DNA Sequencing; DNA microarray analysis; fluorescence and
confocal microscopy; ELISA; and fluorescence activated cell sorting.Instructor may require students to demonstrate adequate laboratory skills in order to enroll.  (1-2) Y


A sampling of electives available to students in the Biotechnology M.S. program follows:

BIOL 5375 Genes to Genomes (3 semester hours) is an expansive coverage of molecular genetics with emphasis on genomes rather than genes. Students will gain a new perspective on how genes function together and in concert in living cells, focusing at the genome level. Students also will learn how to study genomes, inspect genome anatomies, analyze how genomes function and determine how genomes replicate and evolve. The course is structured to involve students directly in individual topics by class discussions of research papers and reviews, the latest advances in genome science and new and innovative techniques.
BIOL6345 Molecular Basis of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (3 semester hours) Topics include an analysis of the molecular basis of the infection of target cells by HIV, the intracellular replication of retroviruses, with special attention given to the HIV tat and rev genes, and an analysis of the roles of the HIV accessory genes: vif, vpr, vpu and nef.  The immunological response of the host to HIV is considered, as is the biological basis for the ultimate failure of the immune system to contain this virus, with attendant immune collapse.  The molecular basis of a variety of existing and potential anti-retroviral therapies is considered. (3-0) Y
BIOL 6351 Cellular and Molecular Biology of the Immune System (3 semester hours) Innate and adaptive immunity.  Structure and function of immunoglobulins and MHC molecules, and their role in the adaptive immune response.  Function of the primary and secondary lymphoid tissues, and the role of professional antigen presenting cells.  The molecular basis for the generation of diversity during cellular development of B and T lymphocytes.  The role of complement in innate immunity, and details of T cell and B cell mediated immunity. (3-0) Y
BIOL 6352 Modern Biochemistry I (3 semester hours) Structure and function of proteins, including enzyme kinetics and catalytic mechanisms; structure and metabolism of carbohydrates, including oxidative phosphorylation and electron transport mechanisms. For students who have not had the first semester of undergraduate biochemistry. (3-0) S
BIOL 6353 Modern Biochemistry II (3 semester hours) Continuation of BIOL 6352. Structure and metabolism of lipids, including membrane structure and function. Nitrogen metabolism: amino acids and nucleotides. Polynucleotide replication, transcription, and translation. For students who have not had the second semester of undergraduate biochemistry. (3-0) Y
BIOL 6356 Eukaryotic Molecular and Cell Biology (3 semester hours) Regulation of cellular activities in eukaryotic cells; structural and molecular organization of eukaryotic cells; molecular basis of cell specialization; membranes and transport. For students who have not had undergraduate cell biology. (3-0) S
BIOL 6358 Bionanotechnology (3 semester hours) Emphasis on fundamentals and developments in this emerging field.
(3-0) R
BIOL 6359 Medical Cell Biology for MAT (3 semester hours) Organization of cells, structure and function of DNA and proteins, gene therapy, regenerative medicine, and the endocrine system.
Designed for students who are pursuing a MAT degree. (3-0) S
BIOL 6360 Medical Cell Biology for Biotechnology (3 semester hours) This course will explore cell structure, the structure of DNA, mutations in DNA, gene therapy, stem cells, cell signaling, and the immune system etc. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the cellular and molecular basis of health and disease. For students who have not had undergraduate cell biology and/or molecular genetics. (3-0) S
BIOL6385 Computational Biology (3 semester hours) Using computational and statistical methods to analyze biological data, and perform mathematical modeling and computational simulation techniques to understand the biological systems.
The course introduces methods in DNA/protein motif discovery, gene prediction, high-throughput sequencing and microarray data analysis, computational modeling gene expression regulation, and biological pathway and network analysis. Prequisite: BIOL5376 or instructor permission. (3-0)Y
BIOL 6V02 The Art of Scientific Presentation (1-2 semester hours) Students learn how to give an effective seminar by reading scientific articles on a central theme in biology and then delivering a presentation, first to their classmates, followed by another presentation to the Molecular and Cell Biology faculty and students. While learning the focused theme, students acquire skill sets in critical reading of scientific literature and oral presentation. Required for all Ph.D. students. (P/F grading) ([1-2]-0) Y
BIOL 6V03 Research in Molecular and Cell Biology (1-9 semester hours) (May be repeated for credit.) ([1-9]-0) S
BIOL 6V29 Topics in Molecular Biology (2-5 semester hours) May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 hours. ([2-5]-0) Y
BIOL 6V31 Molecular Genetics (3-4 semester hours) A graduate survey of the phenomena and mechanisms of heredity, its cytological and molecular basis, with a focus on bacterial and model eukaryotic systems. Topics will include fundamentals of Mendelian Genetics, genetic recombination and genetic linkage, as well as, gene structure and replication, gene expression and the transfer of genetic information, mutation and mutagenesis, and applications of recombinant DNA techniques to genetic analysis. For students who have not had undergraduate genetics ([3-4]-0) Y
BIOL 6V33 Biomolecular Structures (2-3 semester hours) This course includes a discussion of DNA structures, protein structures, the folding and stability of domains, and the binding of proteins to DNA. Methods used to investigate the relation of structure to function are emphasized. Types of protein structures whose structure and function are considered include transcription factors, proteinases, membrane proteins, proteins in signal transduction, proteins of the immune system, and engineered proteins. ([2-3]-0) Y
BIOL 6V41 Oncogenes (2-4 semester hours) Properties of cancer cells, in vivo and in vitro.
Telomeres and cellular immortality. The role of DNA and RNA viruses in human cancers.  Molecular biology of chronic leukemia retroviruses and the acutely transforming retroviruses.  Retroviral oncogenes; the role of mutation, amplification, and chromosomal translocation of cellular oncogenes in human cancer. Regulation of the eukaryotic cell cycle, and the role of tumor suppressor genes. The role of oncogenes in growth hormone signal transduction. The role of apoptosis, and developmental signaling pathways in cancer. ([2-4]-0) Y
BIOL 6V49 Topics in Cell Biology (2-5 semester hours) May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 hours. ([2-5]-0) Y
BIOL 6V50 Internship in Biotechnology/Biomedicine (1-6 semester hours).
Provides faculty supervision for a student’s internship. Internships must be in an area relevant to the student’s coursework for the MS in Biotechnology. ([1-6] - 0) R
BIOL 6V92 Readings in Molecular and Cell Biology (3-9 semester hours) ([3-9]-0) Y
BIOL 6V95 Advanced Topics in Molecular and Cell Biology (Individual instruction) (1-6 semester hours) May be repeated for credit with permission of the graduate advisor. Recent topics include Medical Cell Biology for Biotech and Medical Cell Biology for MAT. ([1-6]-0) Y
BIOL 6V98 Thesis (3-9 semester hours) (May be repeated for credit.) ([3-9]-0) S
CS 5343 Algorithm Analysis & Data Structures (3 semester hours) Formal specifications and representation of lists, arrays, trees, graphs, multilinked structures, strings and recursive pattern structures. Analysis of associated algorithms. Sorting and searching, file structures. Relational data models. Prerequisites: CS 5303, CS 5333. (3-0) S
CS 6360 Database Design (3 semester hours) Methods, principles, and concepts that are relevant to the practice of database software design. Database system architecture; conceptual database models; relational and object-oriented databases; database system implementation; query processing and optimization; transaction processing concepts, concurrency, and recovery; security. Prerequisite: CS 5343. (3-0) S
CS 6363 Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms (3 semester hours) The study of efficient algorithms for various computational problems. Algorithm design techniques. Sorting, manipulation of data structures, graphs, matrix multiplication, and pattern matching. Complexity of algorithms, lower bounds, NP completeness. Prerequisite: CS 5343 (3-0) S
CS 6372 Biological Database Systems and Datamining (3 semester hours) This course emphasizes the concepts of database, data warehouse, data mining and their applications in biological science. Topics include relational data models, data warehouse, OLAP, data pre-processing, association rule mining from data, classification and prediction, clustering, graph mining, time-series data mining, and network analysis. Applications in biological science will be focused on Biological data warehouse design, association rule mining from biological data, classification and prediction from microarray data, clustering analysis of genomic and proteomic data, mining time-series gene expression data, biological network (including protein-protein interaction network, metabolic network) mining. Prerequisite: CS 6325 Introduction to Bioinformatics or BIOL 5376 Applied Bioinformatics (3-0) Y.
ENTP 6370 Entrepreneurship (3 semester hours)This course is designed to provide an introduction to entrepreneurship for management and non-management students. There are no prerequisites for the course.  The course emphasizes the development of new ventures including technology-based ventures, addressing opportunity identification and evaluation, market assessment, startup strategies, business plan development, venture financing, and startup management. Case studies and guest lectures by practicing entrepreneurs and investors provide a real-world perspective. The major deliverable of this course is business plan (including an early stage feasibility analysis) of a venture of the student's choosing. This course is available to all graduate students enrolled at UTD (3-0 credit hours). S
FIN 6301 Financial Management (3 semester hours) Theoretical and procedural considerations in the administration of the finance function in the individual business firm; planning, fundraising, controlling of firm finances; working capital management, capital budgeting and cost of capital. Co-requisites: STAT 5311 or OPRE 6301 and AIM 6201, or consent of instructor. (3-0) S
MATH 6345 Mathematical Methods in Medicine and Biology (3 semester hours) Introduction to the use of mathematical techniques in solving biologically important problems. Some examples of topics that might be covered are biochemical reactions, ion channels, cellular signaling mechanisms, kidney function, nerve impulse propagation. Prerequisites: MATH 1471, MATH 1472, (MATH 2420 recommended) Y
STAT 5351 Probability and Statistics I (3 semester hours) A mathematical treatment of probability theory. Random variables, distributions, conditioning, expectations, special distributions and the central limit theorem. The theory is illustrated by numerous examples. This is a basic course in probability and uses calculus extensively. Prerequisite: Multivariable calculus (MATH 2451). (3-0) T
STAT 5352 Probability and Statistics II (3 semester hours) Theory and methods of statistical inference.
Sampling, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, and regression with applications. Prerequisite: STAT 5351. (3-0) T
SCI 5V06/POEC 7329/HMGT 6326 Special Topics - Biomedical Ventures in the DFW Region.
This course explores the industrial and commercial opportunities at the intersection of biomedical/bioengineering research and clinical activity and North Texas' industrial strengths in information and communication technologies (ICT).  The course is organized around guest presenters representing key sectors, technologies and organizations in the emerging DFW bio-economy.  Students will study how to assess the potential payoffs, measured in terms of expanded economic activity and improved patient outcomes, of adding ICT-enhanced "precision" biomedical/health services delivery to its existing industrial strengths. Students may enroll either for graduate course credit or certificate credit. (3-0) Y

Last Updated: September 28, 2011