Biorenewable Chemicals Graduate Minor

The Graduate Minor in Biorenewable Chemicals allows students from a variety of allied disciplines to understand the opportunities for developing biorenewable chemicals via a combination of biocatalytic and chemical catalysis steps. In addition, students in the minor gain explicit entrepreneurship experience, a background in the general issues related to production and processing of biorenewable resources, and exposure to the economic and environmental realities of the chemical industry.

The minor consists of a 14-credit hour sequence:

  • 6 credits of coursework selected from a list of courses reflecting CBiRC’s three technical thrust areas (see table).
  1. Thrust 1: New Biocatalysts for Pathway Engineering
  2. Thrust 2: Microbial Metabolic Engineering
  3. Thrust 3: Chemical Catalyst Design
Thrust 1 Thrust 2 Thrust 3
BBMB 404 Biochemistry I
X

BBMB 405 Biochemistry II

X

BBMB 531 Structure and Reactivity of  Biomolecules

X

BBMB 541 Computational Biochemistry

X

BBMB 569 Bioinformatics III (Structural Genome Informatics)

X

BBMB 607 Plant Biochemistry

X

BBMB 622 Carbohydrate Chemistry

X

BBMB 642 Mechanisms of Enzymatic Catalysis

X

BCB 444/544 Introduction to  Bioinformatics

X

BCB 567. Bioinformatics I (Fund. of Genome  Informatics)

X

BCB 570 Systems Biology

X

BioE 325 Systems Biology for Engineering

X

Ch E 688 Catalysis and Catalytic  Processes

X

ChE 382 Reaction Engineering

X

ChE 515 Biochemical Engineering

X

ChE 562 Bioseparations

X

ChE 625 Metabolic Engineering

X

Chem 572 Organic Spectroscopy

X

Chem 574 Organometallic Chemistry

X

Additional training for students in the graduate minor occurs through the CBiRC center-wide meetings. Students present posters and learn about each other’s research findings, thereby gaining a better appreciation for both chemical and biological catalysis routes for producing biorenewable chemicals.

Names of contact persons:

Dr. D. Raj Raman, DOGE Minor in Biorenewable Chemicals and CBiRC University Education Program Director

Dr. Brent Shanks, CBiRC Center Director

MaryAnn Moore, CBiRC Program Assistant for Education Programs

For more information on how to declare a Biorenewable Chemicals minor, please contact:

MaryAnn Moore

mamoore@iastate.edu

294-4249

How to Declare a CBiRC minor

Complete the Request Addition of Minor form (listed under Graduate Student Request Forms) and submit to the Graduate College at 1137 Pearson.

Students may request a minor in any program approved to grant a graduate degree and in programs approved to offer only a minor.

IMPORTANT: A minor cannot be added to a program of study after the preliminary oral examination is taken.

In all cases:

  • The student must receive approval from and meet the minimum requirements established by the program offering the minor
  • A graduate minor must be comprised of courses that are available for either major or non-major graduate credit
  • The student must have a minor representative on the POS committee
  • On that committee, the major professor and the representative from the minor field may not be the same person
  • A minor must be approved by the POS committee, declared on the POS, and listed on all examination reports and the Application for Graduation (Diploma Slip) form (listed under Graduation and Thesis Forms) in order to be eligible to appear on a student’s transcript after graduation
  • A minor cannot be added to a degree that has already been received

For a master’s degree: A graduate faculty member from the minor program must serve on the POS committee and the final oral examination must test for the minor

For a Ph.D.: A graduate faculty member from the minor program must serve on the POS committee; the preliminary oral and final oral examinations must test for the minor.