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CHEM 265 Biochemistry I • 5 Cr.




The first in a two-quarter sequence for science majors and for students interested in careers in pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine and medical technology. Topics include protein structure and function; carbohydrates and their metabolism, electron transport processes and some of the major metabolic pathways. Prerequisite: BIOL& 211 and CHEM& 261.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze the structure and physico-chemical properties of amino acids
  • Describe in detail all four levels of protein structure.
  • Discuss the relationship between structure and function (or malfunction) in proteins providing a wide variety of examples.
  • Illustrate the principles involved in enzymatic catalysis, inhibition and kinetics from both an energetic and a structural standpoint, and apply those principles to a variety of problems.
  • Examine the structure, chemical properties and function of relevant carbohydrates.
  • Understand metabolism in terms of nutrition, high-energy compounds, and thermodynamics concepts.
  • Examine glycolysis, glycogen metabolism, the citric acid cycle and the electron transport chain in full stepwise detail including the reactions, the corresponding enzymes and their regulation.
  • Discuss organ specialization and regulation at the hormonal level of the different metabolic pathways.
  • Compare and contrast the sequence of reactions that take place during photosynthesis (for plants and cyanobacteria) with the electron transport chain.

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