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.
- Fall 2015 (current quarter)