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BCH 451 - Biochemistry I


3 Credit(s)

This is the first of a two-semester sequence in the fundamentals of biochemistry designed for biochemistry, ACS-certified chemistry, and pre-health profession students. The major goals of the course are (1) to introduce the language of biochemistry, (2) to provide an understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological context in which biochemistry takes place, (3) to develop problem solving and analytical analysis skills, and (4) to develop the ability to work in teams and small groups. The course provides the structural framework of biochemistry through examination of the molecular components of the cell and protein dynamics. The class discusses the thermodynamics of biological systems, amino acids, and protein structure, carbohydrates, lipids and membrane structure, membrane transport systems, and enzyme dynamics-kinetics and mechanisms of catalysis. The course utilizes an active learning method that poses problems that require critical thought, research, and collaboration within small learning groups. A strong background in general and organic chemistry is required. Additionally, a prior or concurrent biology course is highly recommended. The Biochemistry Department recommends a C or better in CHEM 145 , CHEM 146 , CHEM 147 , CHEM 148 , CHEM 255 , CHEM 256 , CHEM 257 , and CHEM 258 .
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 256 .Corequisite(s): BCH 453 .



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