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CHEM& 123
Introduction to Biochemistry


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 60

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:40    Lab Hours:20


Description
This course will provide a fundamental survey of biochemical principles and is intended for Nursing and Allied Health science majors in fulfillment of the pre-nursing (or health care related) program lab science requirements. Topics include structure, function and chemistry for biomolecules, enzymatic catalysis, metabolic pathways, genetic expression, and biotechnology. Formerly CHEM 109, Biochemistry for Health Sciences. Prerequisite: grade of C- or higher in CHEM& 122.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Distinguish, on the basis of structure and function:
    - Carbohydrates—simple carbohydrates, oligosaccharides, starch, glycogen and oligosaccharides.
    - Lipids—triglycerides, membrane lipids, mediators of inflammation, and steroids.
    Proteins—fibrous and globular proteins, and enzymes.
    - DNA and RNA.
  • Interpret graphs of optimal enzymatic activity and predict the action of competitive and noncompetitive inhibitors.
  • Utilize the major biochemical categories to explain the steps in genetic replication, gene expression, and protein synthesis.
  • Describe how energy gets produced for the cell, by relating the roles of fuel molecules, enzymes, coenzymes, and subcellular compartments to glycolysis, beta-oxidation, the citric acid cycle, and oxidative phosphorylation.
  • Match the names of drugs, microbes, genetic variations, or biochemical structures discussed in class with the appropriate disease state or healthy physiologic function.
  • Demonstrate the safe use of laboratory glassware, equipment and reagents in order to synthesize, characterize or separate simple biochemical compounds from natural products.

  • Course Topics
  • Carbohydrates, Lipids and Proteins
  • Enzymes
  • Neurotransmitters and Hormones
  • Nucleic Acids and Gene Expression
  • Bioenergetics and Metabolism

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    CHEM& 123
    Spring 2016
    7095
    Ruth Russo
    CHEM& 123
    Spring 2015
    0834
    Ruth Russo
    CHEM& 123
    Spring 2013
    0466
    Ruth Russo
    CHEM& 123
    Spring 2012
    0414
    Ruth Russo
    CHEM& 123
    Spring 2011
    0414
    Ruth Russo


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    X
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.