This 1-semester biochemistry course prepares chemistry and biology majors for careers requiring a familiarity with biological chemistry, including structure activity relationships in proteins/carbohydrates/lipids/nucleic acids, enzyme function/kinetics, basic molecular biology, and ordinary cellular metabolism. While often taken by premedical students, those wishing to do their best on the MCATs may wish to take the two semester series, CHEM 3501 and 3502, which together provide more depth and breadth of biochemistry content.
This is the 1st course in the 2-semester series required for completion of the BS in Biochemistry at KSU. This course covers structure activity relationships in proteins/lipids/carbohydrates/nucleic acids, mechanistic enzymology, kinetics, thermodynamics, and introductory cell signalling. Special attention is paid to protein structure and function and the methods required to obtain that information. This course does NOT cover metabolism or cellular molecular biology (replication/transcription/translation); those topics are covered in detail during the 2nd course of the series, CHEM 3502.
This is the KSU biochemistry degree capstone course. When I offer this course it is delivered as a High Impact Practices (HiP) Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE). Past students from a related course have even published their data as a featured publication (Benson et al, 2016) in a real peer reviewed journal.
This course is also crossslisted as 4620 for undergraduates and includes a significant amount of primary scientific literature reading, discussion, and analysis.
This course is also crossslisted as 4510 for undergraduates and includes a significant amount of primary scientific literature reading, discussion, and analysis.