BIOLCHEM 415 - Introductory Biochemistry
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Biological Chemistry (BIOLCHEM)
Department: MED Biological Chemistry
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in BIOLOGY 310 or 311, MCDB 310 or 311, CHEM 451, or BIOLCHEM 451 or 515.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One semester of organic chemistry.
Other Course Info:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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BIOLCHEM 415 provides a broad introduction to the fascinating field of biochemistry. This course is taught by medical school faculty and emphasizes the relevance of biochemistry to health, disease, physiology and medicine. Students will explore the molecular basis and chemical principles pertinent to living systems, including eukaryotes, bacteria, and viruses. The structures and functions of the four major molecules of life (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and nucleic acids) and their biosynthetic pathways will be examined. Students will learn the fundamental biological processes including energetics, metabolism, protein structure and enzyme function. The transmission of information within and between cells will be studied including signal transduction and the genetic processes of replication, transcription, and translation. Students will also learn the biochemical roles of vitamins, enzyme cofactors, hormones, drugs, antibiotics, and toxins. The biochemical basis of several diseases will be explored including cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders, infectious diseases, and metabolic and genetic syndromes. In all of these topics, we stress the integration of metabolism and the various modes of regulation that are vital to biological processes and physiology. Techniques and technologies used to study biochemistry and their relevance to understanding biology will be illustrated.

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Intended Audience:

BIOLCHEM 415 is designed to provide a broad survey of biochemistry in one semester for students considering careers in biochemistry, medicine, genetics, dentistry, pharmacy, medicinal chemistry, nutrition, public health, bio-engineering, environmental studies, and other healthcare-related fields. Graduate students should enroll in BIOLCHEM 515.

Class Format:

BIOLCHEM 415 is a 3 cr course with 3, 1 hr lectures/week. Instructors hold weekly office hours & GSIs help students learn the material. Learning is enhanced through multiple activities including lectures, online videos and learning aides, discussion sessions, & active learning exercises. Students are provided with the lecture slides as well as BlueReview audio and video recordings of the lectures. Problem sets and discussions facilitate learning and enhance test-taking skills.


BIOLCHEM 415 - Introductory Biochemistry
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
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002 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
003 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 11:00AM - 12:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
004 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
005 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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