This lecture course provides an in-depth presentation of the complex metabolic reactions that are central to life. Emphasis is placed on the biological flow of energy including alternative modes of energy generation (aerobic, anaerobic, photosynthetic); the regulation and integration of the metabolic pathways including compartmentalization and the transport of metabolites; and biochemical reaction mechanisms including the structures and mechanisms of coenzymes. This comprehensive study also includes the biosynthesis and catabolism of small molecules (carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleotides). Laboratory experiments introduce the principles and procedures used to study enzymatic reactions, bioenergetics, and metabolic pathways.
Format: lecture/laboratory; Lecture three hours per week and laboratory two hours per week. There will be one entirely in-person section of 24 students and one remote section. The in-person lab sections can accomodate 40 in-person students (8 per section), and there will be a remote lab section.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
several exams and performance in the laboratories including lab reports that emphasize conceptual and quantitative and/or graphic analysis of data
BIOL 101 and CHEM 251/255 or permission of instructor
junior and senior Biology and Chemistry majors and BIMO concentrators
does not satisfy the distribution requirement for the Biology major; cannot be counted towards the Biology major in addition to BIOL 222
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
The laboratory program is quantitative covering data analyses, numerical transformations, graphical displays.
BIMO Required Courses