MCDB 310 - Introductory Biochemistry
Section: 201
Term: SU 2010
Subject: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB)
Department: LSA Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in MCDB 311 (BIOLOGY 311), BIOLCHEM 415 or 451 or 515, or CHEM 451.
Enforced Prerequisites:
BIOLOGY 162 or 163 or 172 or 174 or [195 and 173] AND CHEM 210.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Prior or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 215.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course gives an introduction into the world of biological chemistry. The course begins with the molecular design of life—an introduction to proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids. These molecules will then be put into context when bioenergetics and metabolism will be discussed. The students will also learn how polypeptides adopt their specific three-dimensional structure to become proteins, and how proteins then fulfill their individual functions in enzyme catalyzed reactions, assist in the formation and function of membranes, and other important cellular processes. The major metabolic pathways will also be introduced. Other topics that will be discussed include biosignaling and hormone action. The students will learn how to apply bioinformatics to obtain useful information about these molecules using databases and will obtain valuable knowledge about state of the art biochemical and molecular biology techniques.

Once every second week there will be a discussion session in addition to the two lectures. Here, lecture material can be clarified, study guide questions will be discussed, and quizzes will be given (subject to change).

Grades in this course are based on the performance in a discussion session, projects, four quizzes, and three in-class exams (no midterm or final exams are offered).

Textbook: Lehninger's Principles of Biochemistry, Nelson and Cox. 5th edition.

MCDB 310 - Introductory Biochemistry
Schedule Listing
201 (LEC)
MTuW 2:00PM - 4:00PM
202 (DIS)
M 4:00PM - 5:30PM
203 (DIS)
Tu 4:00PM - 5:30PM
204 (DIS)
W 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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