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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
A brief survey of biochemical principles. Topics include structure, function and chemistry for biomolecules, enzymatic catalysis, metabolic pathways, genetic expression, and biotechnology. Lab work required. Prerequisite: CHEM& 122. Formerly CHEM 109, Biochemistry for Health Sciences.

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 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**
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    *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.