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Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

While biologists often focus on large structures within organisms and chemists focus on molecules and reactions, biochemists and molecular biologists focus on the chemical reactions and structures that make organisms 'tick' at the molecular level. This major is designed so every course you take will either prepare you for or directly cover topics that are at the convergence of chemistry and biology.

A major in biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) is rigorous and comprehensive, preparing you for the same careers as biology and chemistry majors. This major is an excellent preparation for medical school and other medical-related professional schools (i.e., veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and optometry). Biochemists and molecular biologists also work as research scientists in hospital and industrial labs and in government positions including food and drug inspectors. Some work for biotechnology firms, developing the pharmaceuticals and health care products of tomorrow. A BMB major will also prepare you for a wide variety of graduate school programs through which you can develop your expertise in a narrower field within this interdisciplinary field of study.

At CBU, you will learn under professors who are dedicated to their students. Every major class and lab is taught by a full-time faculty member. We have state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that are dedicated for use by our students in both classes and research. As a CBU student, you can explore ways to incorporate faith with your studies so you can genuinely live your purpose as a scientist in today’s increasingly complex world.

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Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency in biochemistry and molecular biology at levels comparable to national standards for these disciplines.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze and discuss scientific journal articles.
  • Critically analyze and discuss selected contemporary and/or controversial issues in biochemistry, molecular biology and related disciplines, enabling them to be informed citizens and participants in the public debate and discourse involving these issues.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in accurately conveying scientific data both orally and in writing.
  • Apply their knowledge of biology and chemistry through an in-depth research project related to biochemistry or molecular biology.
  • Apply appropriate technology (including molecular modeling and bioinformatics) and mathematical tools to their studies of biochemical and molecular biology systems.
  • Apply instrumental and other laboratory techniques to laboratory -based problems.
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Career Opportunities

  • Educator
  • Research
  • Healthcare
  • Pharmacologist
  • Environmental/Agricultural Specialist
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Biotechnology
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major (74 units) BS

Lower Division Requirements

BIO146 General Biology I with Lab

BIO146 General Biology I with Lab

Topics covered include cell structure and function, genetics, reproduction and development of animal systems. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BIO146-A A Koo, Bonjun 09/02/2014 Thursday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2014 BIO146-B B Koo, Bonjun 09/02/2014 Monday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2014 BIO146-C C Koo, Bonjun 09/02/2014 Thursday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2014 BIO146-D D Koo, Bonjun 09/02/2014 Monday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2014 BIO146-E E Koo, Bonjun 09/02/2014 Wednesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2014 BIO146-F F Koo, Bonjun 09/02/2014 Wednesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2014 BIO146-G G Koo, Bonjun 09/02/2014 Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2014 BIO146-H H Koo, Bonjun 09/02/2014 Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2014 BIO146-I I Koo, Bonjun 09/02/2014 Tuesday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A112
Fall 2014 BIO146-J J Koo, Bonjun 09/02/2014 Thursday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A112
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BIO148 General Biology II with Lab

BIO148 General Biology II with Lab

Includes organismal biology of animals and plants, their behavior, ecology, evolution and adaptations. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. (4 units; Spring)

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CHE115 General Chemistry I with Lab

CHE115 General Chemistry I with Lab

Structure and behavior of inorganic matter and a mathematical treatment of chemical systems. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 102 or high school chemistry. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CHE115-I I Ferko, Thomas E. 09/02/2014 Wednesday 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Yeager Center
A110
Fall 2014 CHE115-H H Ferko, Thomas E. 09/02/2014 Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Yeager Center
A110
Fall 2014 CHE115-A A Suzuki, Satoru 09/02/2014 Monday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
123
Fall 2014 CHE115-B B Suzuki, Satoru 09/02/2014 Tuesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
123
Fall 2014 CHE115-C C Suzuki, Satoru 09/02/2014 Tuesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
123
Fall 2014 CHE115-D D Suzuki, Satoru 09/02/2014 Wednesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
123
Fall 2014 CHE115-E E Ferko, Thomas E. 09/02/2014 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A110
Fall 2014 CHE115-F F Ferko, Thomas E. 09/02/2014 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A110
Fall 2014 CHE115-G G Ferko, Thomas E. 09/02/2014 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A110
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CHE125 General Chemistry II with Lab

CHE125 General Chemistry II with Lab

A continuation of Chemistry 115, including qualitative inorganic analysis. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 115. (4 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 CHE125-A A Fossett, Lawrence A 05/05/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM James Complex
236
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CHE230 Intro to Molecular Modeling

CHE230 Intro to Molecular Modeling

The development of computer-generated models to investigate quantitative information about structures, reactivities, and stabilities of molecules. Prerequisite: CHE 115. (1 unit; Spring)

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MAT245 Analytical Geometry & Calculus I

MAT245 Analytical Geometry & Calculus I

Basic concepts of analytical geometry, limits and derivatives, differentials and rates, integration, definite and indefinite integrals, differentiation of logarithmic and exponential functions. Prerequisite: MAT 135, 145, EGR 182, or sufficient SAT, ACT or math placement exam scores and appropriate high school mathematics background. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 MAT245-A A Thomas, Bradley G 05/05/2014 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM Yeager Center
B251
Fall 2014 MAT245-D D Hernandez, Lisa 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:45 AM - 9:29 AM James Complex
181
Fall 2014 MAT245-A A Cordero, Ricardo J. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM James Complex
181
Fall 2014 MAT245-B B Cordero, Ricardo J. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM James Complex
181
Fall 2014 MAT245-C C Cordero, Ricardo J. 09/02/2014 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
123
Fall 2014 MAT245-E E Hernandez, Lisa 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex
181
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MAT255 Anlytical Geometry & Calculus II

MAT255 Anlytical Geometry & Calculus II

Continued study and applications of integration: volumes, lengths, surface of revolution; derivatives and integrals involving trigonometric functions, indefinite series, expansion of functions, hyperbolic functions, law of the mean, indeterminate forms, partial fractions, polar coordinates, and conic sections. Prerequisite: MAT 245. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 MAT255-B B Thomas, Bradley G 09/02/2014 Tuesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A111
Fall 2014 MAT255-A A Thomas, Bradley G 09/02/2014 Tuesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A111
Fall 2014 MAT255-C C Thomas, Bradley G 09/02/2014 Tuesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
A111
Fall 2014 MAT255-D D Thomas, Bradley G 09/02/2014 Tuesday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Sch Business Building
253
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PHY214 Physics for Scientist I w/lab

PHY214 Physics for Scientist I w/lab

A study of mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, waves, sound, and the mathematical methods of physics. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: MAT 145 or 245, and a passing score on a mathematics assessment exam. (4 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 PHY214-A A Buchholz, James R 05/05/2014 Thursday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex
122
Fall 2014 PHY214-B B Buchholz, James R 09/02/2014 Wednesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
125
Fall 2014 PHY214-A A Buchholz, James R 09/02/2014 Monday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
125
Fall 2014 PHY214-C C Buchholz, James R 09/02/2014 Thursday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Sch Business Building
125
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PHY224 Physics for Scientist II w/lab

PHY224 Physics for Scientist II w/lab

A continuation of PHY 214, including a study of electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics topics. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: PHY 214. (4 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 PHY224-A A Buchholz, James R 06/30/2014 Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex
121
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Upper Division Requirements

BIO330 Cell & Molecular Biology w/ Lab

BIO330 Cell & Molecular Biology w/ Lab

An examination of the structure, ultrastructure, organization, and functions of cells, with emphasis on bioenergetics, membranes, organelles, genes and gene regulation, genetic control of cell division and differentiation, structure and function of biological macromolecules, particularly nucleic acids and proteins. Mechanisms of DNA replication and repair, transcription and translation will be studied, in addition to bacteriophage and eukaryotic virus biology, mobile genetic elements and genetic engineering. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: BIO 146 and 148. Recommended: CHE125. (4 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BIO330-A A Bideshi, Dennis K. 09/02/2014 Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A111
Fall 2014 BIO330-B B Bideshi, Dennis K. 09/02/2014 Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A111
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BIO430 Lab Techniques Molecular Biology

BIO430 Lab Techniques Molecular Biology

This laboratory-based course is designed for each student to gain a fundamental knowledge of molecular biology techniques that are regularly used in a research lab setting. Additional lab fee. Prerequisites: BIO 330 and CHE 443. (2 units; Spring even years)

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BIO435 Proteomic,Genomic,Bioinfo w/Lab

BIO435 Proteomic,Genomic,Bioinfo w/Lab

This course introduces students to concepts in molecular and genetic basis of cellular processes and the inferences made of these processes through genome and protein database analyses and modeling. Emphasis will be placed on theoretical and experimental approaches used to gain insights in genome structure and function through the use and application of web-based bioinformatics tools developed from advances in the human genome project. Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: BIO 330; Pre- or Co-requisite: BIO 430. (4 units; Spring even years)

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CHE321 Analytical Chemistry with Lab

CHE321 Analytical Chemistry with Lab

A survey of separation and quantitation principles and methods. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 125. (4 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CHE321-A A Ferko, Thomas E. 09/02/2014 Monday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex
171
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CHE351 Organic Chemistry I with Lab

CHE351 Organic Chemistry I with Lab

An integrated mechanistic study of the nomenclature, chemical, and stereochemical properties of aliphatic hydrocarbons. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 125. (4 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CHE351-E E Hu, Ying 09/02/2014 Wednesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Mission Hall
124
Fall 2014 CHE351-C C Hu, Ying 09/02/2014 Wednesday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Mission Hall
124
Fall 2014 CHE351-D D Hu, Ying 09/02/2014 Monday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Mission Hall
124
Fall 2014 CHE351-B B Fossett, Lawrence A 09/02/2014 Tuesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
250
Fall 2014 CHE351-A A Fossett, Lawrence A 09/02/2014 Tuesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
250
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CHE352 Organic Chemistry II with Lab

CHE352 Organic Chemistry II with Lab

A continuation of Chemistry 351 covering the major aliphatic and aromatic functional groups. Includes an introduction to spectroscopy. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 351. (4 units; Spring)

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CHE415 Physical Chemistry I

CHE415 Physical Chemistry I

A study of thermodynamics, kinetic molecular theory, and kinetics of chemical systems. Prerequisite: CHE125 and either MAT145 or 245. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CHE415-A A Suzuki, Satoru 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex
356
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CHE443 Biochemistry I with Lab

CHE443 Biochemistry I with Lab

A survey of the chemical reactions in living systems. Attention given to enzymes. Lecture (3 units) and required laboratory (1 unit). Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 351. (4 units; Spring)

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CHE444 Biochemistry II with Lab

CHE444 Biochemistry II with Lab

A continuation of the study of Biochemistry I including a detailed look at DNA, transcription, translation, protein synthesis, lipid metabolism (e.g., cholesterol synthesis) and amino acid and nucleic acid metabolism. Additional lab fee. Prerequisite: CHE 443. (4 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CHE444-A A Schacht, Patrick C. 09/02/2014 Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
Array
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Upper Division Elective Requirements

Complete four (4) units from the following

BIO313 Genetics

BIO313 Genetics

The principles of genetics including Mendelian, nature of genetic materials, chromosome mechanics, genetic recombination, and gene action. Emphasis will be placed on the transmission of genetic factors. Prerequisite: BIO 146 (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BIO313-B B Szeto, Daniel P. 09/02/2014 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
B220
Fall 2014 BIO313-A A Szeto, Daniel P. 09/02/2014 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
B220
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BIO440 Pharmacology with Discussion

BIO440 Pharmacology with Discussion

This course will introduce the student to basic and clinical pharmacology as related to the promotion of health and alleviation of disease. The course will consider drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, and pharmacodynamic effects on the human body. Prescription drug classification, function and uses will be introduced with emphasis on the impact medically prescribed drug classification, function and uses will be introduced with emphasis on the impact medically prescribed drugs will have on the patient. Students will increase their understanding of drug design and action, as well s their understanding of disease and pharmacoltherapeutic treatment. Prerequisites: BIO146, 148, 330, 344, and CHE 352. (4 units; Fall even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BIO440-A A Prins, Bruce 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Mission Hall
127
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BIO489 Immun & Mol Pathogenesis w/ Lab

BIO489 Immun & Mol Pathogenesis w/ Lab

This course is designed for upper division biology students, particularly those enrolled in the pre-medical and pre-health sciences. Various aspects of the immune system, including the cellular, molecular, and physiological aspects of innate and antibody and cell-mediated adaptive immunity, as they relate to pathogenesis will be covered in the course. Additional lab fee. Prerequisites: BIO 146 and 148. Recommended: BIO 305 and 330. (4 units; Spring odd years)

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Upper Division Research Requirement

Complete a four (4) unit sequence from the following

BIO380 Biology Seminar

BIO380 Biology Seminar

This course will introduce and reinforce the skills necessary to perform biological research including discussions of the scientific method, literature research, reading scientific journal articles, analyzing scientific data, reporting research findings in both written and visual formats, critiquing original research, and science ethics. It will also explore field work opportunities available for students. Each student will be required to present a research proposal and/or locate and prepare all necessary documents for entering an internship, field work, or research opportunity. Prerequisite: Biology major. (1 unit; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BIO380-A A Antonio, Melissa 09/02/2014 Monday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM James Complex
166
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BIO490 Senior Research in Biology

BIO490 Senior Research in Biology

This class focuses on laboratory research projects and topics of current or historical interest that are not normally covered in other established courses. Content vary from year to year, and determined by both instructor and student's interest. May be repeated for up to 4 total units. Prerequisite: BIO 148; junior status; permission of Department Chair. (1-4 units)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 BIO490-A A Bideshi, Dennis K. 06/30/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Summer 2014 BIO490-B B Park, Hyun-Woo 06/30/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Summer 2014 BIO490-C C Prins, Bruce 06/30/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Summer 2014 BIO490-E E Szeto, Daniel P. 06/30/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Summer 2014 BIO490-D D Koo, Bonjun 06/30/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Summer 2014 BIO490-F F Heyman, Nathanael S 06/30/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Fall 2014 BIO490-C C Prins, Bruce 09/02/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Fall 2014 BIO490-E E Szeto, Daniel P. 09/02/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Fall 2014 BIO490-D D Koo, Bonjun 09/02/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Fall 2014 BIO490-F F Heyman, Nathanael S 09/02/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Fall 2014 BIO490-A A Bideshi, Dennis K. 09/02/2014 Array Array - Array James Complex
202
Fall 2014 BIO490-B B Park, Hyun-Woo 09/02/2014 Array Array - Array James Complex
202
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CHE480 Chemistry Research Seminar

CHE480 Chemistry Research Seminar

An introduction to performing chemistry research including discussions of the scientific method, literature research, reading scientific journal articles, analyzing scientific data, reporting research findings in both written and visual formats, critiquing original research, and science ethics. A research proposal will be written by each participant. Prerequisite: Chemistry or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major and junior or senior status. (1 unit; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 CHE480-A A Fossett, Lawrence A 09/02/2014 Monday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
B222
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CHE490 Senior Research in Chemistry

CHE490 Senior Research in Chemistry

The focus of this class is an independent laboratory research project that the student undertakes under the direction of a faculty member who acts as a research advisor. Content varies from year to year and is determined by both instructor's and students' interests. May be repeated for up to 4 total units. Prerequisite: CHE 125 and permission of Department Chair. (1-4 units)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2014 CHE490-A A Ferko, Thomas E. 06/30/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Summer 2014 CHE490-B B Fossett, Lawrence A 06/30/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Summer 2014 CHE490-C C Hu, Ying 06/30/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Summer 2014 CHE490-D D Schacht, Patrick C. 06/30/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Summer 2014 CHE490-E E Suzuki, Satoru 06/30/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Fall 2014 CHE490-A A Hu, Ying 09/02/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Fall 2014 CHE490-C C Ferko, Thomas E. 09/02/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Fall 2014 CHE490-D D Fossett, Lawrence A 09/02/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Fall 2014 CHE490-E E Suzuki, Satoru 09/02/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
Fall 2014 CHE490-B B Schacht, Patrick C. 09/02/2014 Array Array - Array Instructor
OFFC
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