Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog Archived Catalog

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BCH 280N - Biochemistry

Credit(s): 3

Prerequisite(s): a grade of “C” or better in CHMY 221 .
Corequisite(s): CHMY 223 .
This course involves the study of cell organization; carbohydrate and lipid structure and function; protein and nucleic acid structure and function; mechanisms of enzyme function and inhibition; enzyme kinetics; energy and its relationship to biochemical processes; major metabolic pathways for carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids; DNA replication, transcription, and translation; and regulation of gene function. (Spring Semester)

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the course, students will be able to
  • Explain the various ways in which cells are organized, especially the similarities and differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • Describe carbohydrate and lipid structure and function(s) in the human body.
  • Apply knowledge of the importance of amino acids to their relationship with the various levels of protein structure.
  • Explain the connection between nucleic acid structure and its importance to the formation of DNA and RNA.
  • Illustrate understanding of the various mechanisms in which enzymes function.
  • Describe, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the kinetics of enzymes and the function of the various types of enzyme inhibition.
  • Understand the roles of free energy and entropy in biochemical processes.
  • Describe the individual steps in major metabolic pathways for carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids.
  • Understand the processes of DNA replication and repair. Illustrate understanding of the processes of RNA synthesis and regulation.
  • Apply knowledge of the genetic code to the mechanism of protein synthesis.
  • Apply the scientific method to analyze biochemical data, perform the necessary computations, and interpret results.

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