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    Biochemistry Courses at Hamline University

    BIOC 3820 - Biochemistry I

    Goals: Living organisms can be described as open thermodynamic systems in which exergonic and endergonic events are coupled in the process of growth and reproduction. We will examine aspects of cellular metabolism with particular attention to the integration and regulation of cellular systems. Modern biochemical techniques will be introduced in laboratory exercises.

    Content: Molecular basis of cellular function, protein structure/function relationships, enzyme function and kinetics, reaction mechanisms, energetics and catabolism, biosynthesis of cellular macromolecules.

    Taught: Fall term.

    Prerequisite: BIOL 3060, CHEM 3460, or permission of instructor. BIOL 3050 is strongly recommended.

    Corequisite: BIOC 3820L.

    Credits: 4 credits

    BIOC 3820 - LAB: Biochemistry I

    This lab must be taken concurrently with the BIOC 3820 lecture. The lab itself has zero credit value.

    BIOC 3830 - Biochemistry II

    Goals: To continue the process of understanding the molecular design of living systems begun in Biochemistry I. Special emphasis is placed on instrumental methods of structure elucidation and the use of contemporary computational methods. The understanding of important anabolic and catabolic pathways of biologically important non-protein molecules, and the integration of these pathways within the metabolic cycle is the focus of study.

    Content: The general integration of metabolism including carbohydrate, glycogen, amino acid, and fatty acid metabolism. The biosynthesis of lipids, steroids, amino acids, and nucleic acids. The process of photosynthesis.

    Taught: Annually, spring term.

    Prerequisites: BIOC 3820 and CHEM 3550.

    Corequisite: BIOC 3830L.

    Credits: 4 credits

    BIOC 3830 - LAB: Biochemistry II

    This lab must be taken concurrently with the BIOC 3830 lecture. The lab itself has zero credit value.