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Biomolecular Structure

BIOC 2000




Instructor: Sangita Sinha

Grading: Letter

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - Friday, June 29, 2018

Meet June 18 - 21 {8:00 am - Noon; 1:30 - 4:30 pm & 6:00 - 8:00 pm + online hours} with course completion July 6, 2018

Instruction Mode: Combination

Location: NDSU Campus, Room: TBA, Fargo, ND

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $150

Course Description:

The target audiences for this course are current or future science school teachers in the mid-west.  This is a graduate-level course that will promote an understanding of the atomic structure of biomolecules like proteins, nucleic acids and their complex macromolecular assemblies and will also provide teachers with tools and resources to teach their students.  This is an opportunity for school science teachers to earn graduate credits for professional development, enabling them to incorporate items listed in the National Science Education Standards in their instruction.


To ensure that teachers are:

  • well-versed in the principles of biomolecular structure;
  • introduce and provide them with pedagogical tools and resources to disseminate this information to their students;
  • the expected long-term outcome is to instill a better understanding in high school students of molecules that execute the biochemistry of life, leading to a better performance in competitions such as the National Science Olympiad on protein/DNA modeling and preparing them better for science-related programs.

"This course is an excellent addition to the professional development of any high school biology or chemistry teacher. Content provided is cutting edge and pertinent to real world analysis of molecular structure that one can bring back to his or her classroom." 

"An excellent introduction/refresher on biochemistry! Presented us with most recent advances in the area of protein structure. Hands-on building of models solidified complex structural concepts. Both presenters were passionate about their topics and spent great time  and attention making certain we as students fully grasped the information."

"Instructor is so knowledgeable, interesting & caring. She was so patient as we worked through the model making."


All essential materials will be provided. 

Optional Text: Principles of biochemistry (Lehninger) by David Nelson and Michael Cox, 5th Edition, WH Freeman and Co. (2008)

Required Student Resources: 

Internet-enabled Laptop

About The Instructor

sangita sinhaSangita Sinha

Sangita earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University, her M.S from University of Poona & her B.S. from Delhi University. Dr. Sinha is currently an Associate Professor for the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at NDSU.

Special Instructions:

Upon completion of the course, all participants will be provided molecular modeling kits for their classrooms and be paid a stipend that will cover the cost of tuition . Enrollment is limited to 10.

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