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Biochemistry (Biophysics)

BCH 3023   ELEMENTARY ORGANIC AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY

credits: 3  

Prerequisites: (CHM 2045/2045L) and (CHM 2046/2046L). This course is designed to introduce students to principles of organic and biological chemistry, and to provide a foundation for the study of modern biological processes. Topics from organic chemistry will include a study of hydrocarbon structure, stereochemistry and reaction mechanisms. The structure of organic compounds and functional groups will be used to build an understanding of the structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and other vital biomolecular compounds. The aim of this course is to provide an understanding of the structure and function of biological molecules and role in metabolism and cellular regulation. Current issues, like the use of synthetically engineered molecules (such as artificial sweeteners and fat substitutes) will be integrated to the core topics. This class supports the mastery of subject area knowledge for College of Education students who will be taking the subject area exam in Biology Education 6-12. The course can also be valuable to students desiring an introduction or review of these concepts prior to undertaking higher-level studies in biology or chemistry. 47 contact hours.

BCH 4024   BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

credits: 4  

Prerequisites: CHM 2210/2210L with a minimum grade of C, CHM 2211 with a minimum grade of C, and PCB 3063C with a minimum grade of C. This course is an introduction to biochemistry and intermediary metabolism. Topics include an overview of chemical interactions in aqueous environments, properties of water, acids, bases, buffers and the laws of thermodynamics. Additional topics include surveys of structure, functional properties, synthesis, degradation and chemistry of the major groups of biologically important organic molecules (amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids). Topics include enzyme kinetics and mechanisms of catalysis, a survey of the pathways of carbohydrate, lipid and nitrogen metabolism and their metabolic control, and the role of metabolic pathway integration in physiological homeostasis; regulation of gene expression at the level of DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis. This course will include discussion sessions and problem solving of experimental data that teach interpretation of current biochemical theories and techniques. 


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