This course will explore the biochemistry of cellular processes and contextualize these processes in healthy and diseased states. Lecture topics in this one semester course will include the structure and function of proteins (enzymes and non-enzymatic proteins), lipids, and carbohydrates. Lectures will also survey the major metabolic pathways (carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids) with particular attention to enzyme regulation and the integration of metabolism in different tissues and under different metabolic conditions. In the discussion/laboratory component of the course a combination of primary literature, hypothesis-driven exercises, problem solving, and bench work will be used to illustrate how particular techniques and experimental approaches are used in biochemical fields.
Format: lecture/laboratory; in-person lecture and lab, synchronous lecture and asynchronous lab
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
regular quizzes, final exam, writing assignments (including problem sets), and lab assignments
BIOL 101 and CHEM 156; not open to students who have taken BIOL 321 or BIOL 322
seniors who need to fulfill the biochemistry requirement for premedical school
does not satisfy the distribution requirement for the Biology major; cannot be counted towards the biology major in addition to either BIOL 321 or BIOL 322; cannot be counted towards the BIMO concentration
The laboratory program is quantitative covering data analyses, numerical transformations, graphical displays.