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CHEM 321
Biochemistry I: Structure and Function of Biological Molecules Spring 2021 (also offered Fall 2020)
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed BIMO 321 / BIOL 321 / CHEM 321

Class Details

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 in-person laboratory provides further opportunity to study macromolecules and to learn the fundamental experimental techniques of biochemistry including electrophoresis, chromatography, and principles of enzymatic assays. A laboratory section will also be provided for remote students, which will examine similar topics and techniques through literature and data analysis.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; Synchronous lectures (2x 75-minute meetings per week) and labs, two hours per week. Enrollment in the appropriate laboratory section is required for both in-person and remote students.
Limit: 7/lab
Expected: 14
Class#: 4728
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 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; cannot be counted towards the Biology major in addition to BIOL 222
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
BIMO 321 Division III BIOL 321 Division III CHEM 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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