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CHEM 241. Basic Biochemistry

Credits: 4
Department: Chemistry
Description: Biological molecules, enzyme functions, and metabolic pathways.
Prerequisites: CHEM 240 (C- or better) or CHEM 310 (C- or better)
Semester Offered: Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF
Lab: Lab

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the structure and function of biomolecules (bio-macromolecules): carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids.
2. Describe secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure of proteins, the intermolecular forces that determine macromolecular structure and function as related to transport of oxygen, muscle contraction and antigen-antibody interactions.
3. Classify enzymes and enzyme catalyzed reactions and describe enzyme catalytic and kinetic mechanisms.
4. Describe the chemical basis and overall fundamentals of metabolism, classification of metabolic pathways, high energy compounds and integration of metabolic pathways.
5. Describe in detail the major metabolic pathways: not limited to glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, pentose phosphate shunt. TCA (Krebs) cycle, glycogen metabolism, electron transport chain, oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis.
6. Apply fundamental laboratory methods and analytical techniques to analyze biomolecules.

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