CHEM 481

Biochemistry.

Chemistry and Biochemistry College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Course Description

First-semester biochemistry. Molecular components of cells, chemical structure and function, enzymes, metabolic transformations, photosynthesis.

When Taught

Fall, Winter, Spring

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Fixed

0

Other Prerequisites

Completion of CELL 120 or BIO 130 or MMBIO 121.

Note

For students in biological sciences and others who contemplate pursuing advanced degrees, including medicine.

Title

Interpret and Critique Experimental Data

Learning Outcome

Interpret and critique experimental data relating to biochemical models

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Explain How Structure Determines Biological Function

Learning Outcome

Explain how the structure of biomolecules such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates determines their biological function

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Mastery of Key Concepts

Learning Outcome

Demonstrate mastery of key concepts in the Biochemistry subdiscipline and articulate the relationships between chemistry and biology. This outcome is elaborated in outcomes 2-5 below

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Understanding Reactivity in Metabolic Pathways

Learning Outcome

Push arrows to predict and understand reactivity in metabolic pathways

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Communicate in Writing

Learning Outcome

Communicate scientific ideas clearly to other specialists in writing

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Energy from Metabolic Reaction

Learning Outcome

Understand how energy is generated from metabolic reaction pathways

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Research

Learning Outcome

Identify and understand primary research articles relevant to a specific biochemical question of current interest

Title

Enzymes Catalyze Reactions

Learning Outcome

Describe how enzymes catalyze reactions in terms of thermodynamics, kinetics, and mechanistic strategies