BIMO 321
Biochemistry I: Structure and Function of Biological Molecules Spring 2020 (also offered Fall 2019)
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed CHEM 321 / BIMO 321 / BIOL 321

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This course introduces the basic concepts of biochemistry with an emphasis on the structure and function of biological macromolecules. Specifically, the structure of proteins and nucleic acids are examined in detail in order to determine how their chemical properties and their biological behavior result from those structures. Other topics covered include catalysis, enzyme kinetics, mechanism and regulation; the molecular organization of biomembranes; and the flow of information from nucleic acids to proteins. In addition, the principles and applications of the methods used to characterize macromolecules in solution and the interactions between macromolecules are discussed. The laboratory provides a hands-on opportunity to study macromolecules and to learn the fundamental experimental techniques of biochemistry including electrophoresis, chromatography, and principles of enzymatic assays.
The Class: Type: lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, four hours per week
Limit: 16/lab
Expected: 16/lab
Class#: 3050
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation is based on quizzes, a midterm exam, a final exam, problem sets and performance in the laboratories including lab reports
Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and CHEM 251/255 and CHEM 155/256
Enrollment Preferences: junior and senior Biology and Chemistry majors and BIMO concentrators
Unit Notes: does not satisfy the distribution requirement for the Biology major
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
CHEM 321 Division III BIMO 321 Division III BIOL 321 Division III
Attributes: BIGP Related Courses
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