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Biochemistry & Lab
BIOCHEM & LAB
CLASS CODE: BIO 350 CREDITS:  4
DIVISION: AGRICULTURAL AND LIFE SCIENCES
DEPARTMENT: BIOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Biological Chemistry covering the molecular components of the cell; protein conformation, dynamics and functions; generation and storage of metabolic energy; biosynthesis of cellular building blocks and its regulation; gene replication and expression. (Winter, Fall)
DESCRIPTION: Biological Chemistry covering the molecular components of the cell; protein conformation, dynamics and functions; generation and storage of metabolic energy; biosynthesis of cellular building blocks and its regulation; gene replication and expression. For chemistry majors and students in biological sciences who contemplate pursuing advanced degrees, including medicine.
TOPICS: Biomolecules and their interactions including: thermodynamics of biological systems; protein, carbohydrate lipid and nucleic acid structure and function, biotechniques used in biomolecule exploration. Protein conformation, dynamics and function including: allosteric interactions and enzyme kinetics; catalytic and regulatory strategies; membrane structure and dynamics; membrane channels and pumps; signal transduction cascades; molecular motors and protein folding and design. Metabolism of biomolecules including: metabolic design; glycolysis; citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, gluconeogenesis and photosynthesis. Biosynthesis of membrane lipids and steroids, amino acids, and nucleotides. Gene replication and repair including: DNA structure, replication and repair; gene arrangement; RNA synthesis and splicing; protein synthesis and targeting; recombinant DNA technology; control of gene expression in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems.
OBJECTIVES: To review the chemical mechanisms and common molecular patterns and principles that underlie the diverse expressions of life.

To expose and train students in the biochemical comcepts and techniques that will enable them to tackle the most challenging and fundamental problems in biology and medicine.
REQUIREMENTS:
PREREQUISITES: BIO 200 and Chem 351
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001