BIOL 321
Biochemistry I: Structure and Function of Biological Molecules Fall 2023
Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed CHEM 321 / BIMO 321
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This course introduces the foundational 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: Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture, three times per week and laboratory, four hours per week
Limit: 16/lab
Expected: 48
Class#: 1006
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: quizzes, a midterm exam, a final exam, problem sets and performance in the laboratories including lab reports
Prerequisites: BIOL 101, CHEM 200 and CHEM 201; or either CHEM 155 or 256 and CHEM 251
Enrollment Preferences: junior and senior Biology and Chemistry majors and BIMO concentrators
Unit Notes: Cannot be counted towards the Biology major in addition to BIOL 222
Distributions: Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
CHEM 321 Division III BIOL 321 Division III BIMO 321 Division III
QFR Notes: This course fulfills the QFR requirement with regular problem sets in which quantitative/formal reasoning skills are practiced.
Attributes: BIGP Courses
BIMO Required Courses

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