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Bioinformatics Option for Chemistry Majors

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Purpose and Goals

The advent of powerful genomic tools has transformed biomedical research from a mainly experimental science performed at the bench to one in which large databases of information, statistical methods and computer models play a significant role. In order to effectively extract, model, and analyze big data, various computational tools are taking expanding roles in biomedical research. Working effectively to build these complex systems requires collaboration with multidisciplinary team of research scientists. In both academic and industry research, therefore, there is a strong need for scientists who are equipped with quantitative/computational skills as well as with chemical and biological knowledge. Chemistry Major II, Option 3 equips our biochemistry students with skills and knowledge to succeed in their future careers in biomedical research.

In order to respond to this need and train a new generation of biomedical scientists, Hunter Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, and Math/Stat Departments joined their forces together to develop an interdisciplinary curriculum program called QuBi (Quantitative Biology) in 2003. Each department developed a QuBi concentration to their major, which was approved by the College. The Chemistry QuBi concentration (Major II, Option 3) is a modification of Biochemistry major (Major II, Option 2). Some laboratory requirements in Biochemistry major, such as Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (CHEM225) and Biochemistry Laboratory (CHEM378), were replaced with computational lab courses, namely, Practical Unix (CSCI 132), and Relational Database (CSCI 232). In addition, students are required to complete Introduction to Applied Statistics (STAT 213), Computational Molecular Biology (BIOL 425) and minimum 3 credits in the QuBi elective courses. Among the QuBi electives, Computational Drug Discovery (CHEM 33300) is recommended to Option 3 students.


Major II, Option 3 differs from the existing Major II, Option 2 in the following three aspects. First, CHEM 225 (Organic Chemistry Laboratory II) and CHEM 378 (Biochemistry Laboratory) have been replaced by CSCI 435 and 493.66 (Database Management, and UNIX Tools). Second, Computational Molecular Biology (BIOL 425) and one semester of Statistics (STAT 213) have been added as requirements. Third, instead of the elective requirement for Option 2, i.e., any Chemistry course at the 200-level or above, Option 3 requires a minimum of 3 credits from any QuBi elective course (CHEM 333, STAT 319, or ANTHP 302). Below is the curriculum for the Major II, Option 3.


CHEM 102 General Chemistry I,        4 cr.
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II,       4 cr.
CHEM 106 General Chemistry Lab,    3 cr.
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry I,         4 cr.
CHEM 223 Organic Chemistry Lab I,  2.5 cr
CHEM 224 Organic Chemistry II,        4 cr.
CHEM 350 Biophysical Chemistry,       4 cr.
CHEM 376 Biochemistry I ,                  3 cr.
CHEM 377 Biochemistry II,                  3 cr.
BIOL 100 Principles of Biology I,         4.5 cr.
BIOL 102 Principles of Biology II,        4.5 cr.
BIOL 425 Computational Mol. Biol.,     3 cr.  
STAT 213 Intro. Applied Statistics,       3 cr.
MATH 150 Calculus I ,                          4 cr.
MATH 155 Calculus II,                          4 cr.
PHYS 110 or 111 General Physics I,    4.5 or 5.5 cr.
PHYS 120 or 121 General Physics II,   4.5 or 5.5 cr. 
CSCI 132   Practical UNIX and Programming, 3 cr.
CSCI  232  Relational Database & SQL,         3 cr
Electives (Choose one. CHEM33300 is recommended.) 

CHEM 33300 Computational Drug Discovery (offered in Spring)           3 cr.
ANTHP 302 Human Genetics,              3 cr.
STAT 319 Bayesian Statistical Inference in the Sciences, 3 cr. 


Sample Course Sequence*

*Please see the QuBi advisor for individualized course plans

Fall (Year 1) – 8.5 credits

CHEM 102   (4 credits)
BIOL 100     (4.5 credits)

Spring (Year 1) – 15.5 credits

CHEM 104    (4 credits)
CHEM 106    (3 crecits)
BIOL 102     (4.5 crecits)
MATH 150    (4 crecits)

Fall (Year 2) – 10.5 credits

CHEM 222   (4 credits)   
CHEM 223   (2.5 credits)
MATH 155    (4 credits)
Spring (Year 2) – 8.5 credits        

CHEM 224  (4 credits) 
PHYS 110   (4.5 credits) 

Fall (Year 3) – 10.5 credits

PHYS 120     (4.5 credits)   
CSCI  132    (3 credits)
CHEM 376    (3 credits)

Spring (Year 3) – 9 credits

STAT 213        (3 credits)        
CHEM 377      (3 credits)
CSCI 232       (3 credits)
Fall (Year 4) – 4 credits

CHEM 350  (4 credits)
Spring (Year 4) – 6 credits        

BIOL 425       (3 credits) 
CHEM 333  (3 credits)

Faculty Adviser (Advising only Chemistry QuBi students.**) 

Dr. Akira Kawamura, 212-650-3095,

**If you need an advisor for other options in Chemistry major, visit Chemistry office (1307N) for further assistance. 

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