Biology / Chemistry 471

BIOL 471 (CHEM 471)
Biochemistry I

1. Catalog Entry

BIOL 471 (CHEM 471)
Biochemistry I

Credit hours (4)
Prerequisites: BIOL 105 or BIOL 132; CHEM 302

This course will introduce students to the main classes of biomolecules, protein structure and function, enzyme action, cellular organization and signaling, and the flow of genetic information.

2. Detailed Description of Course

An outline of the topics covered:
    1) Role of water in biological systems
    2) Relationship between structure and function of biomolecules, including:
        a. Amino acids and proteins
        b. Carbohydrates
        c. Nucleosides, nucleotides, and nucleic acids
        d. Lipids
    3) Enzyme kinetics and mechanisms
    4) Flow of genetic information
    5) DNA technologies
    6) Structure and function of biological membranes
    7) Cellular signaling

3. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

BIOL 471 is a lecture course with students encouraged to participate with comments and questions. The course uses a standard biochemistry textbook that the students are expected to use to guide the study of each of the topics covered.  Homework and/or in-class assignments, quizzes and exams will be given to evaluate the student’s understanding of the lecture material.  A cumulative final will be administered at the end of the semester to evaluate the student’s mastery of the course material.

4. Goals and Objectives of the Course

    1) Become proficient in applying the topics listed above
    2) Communicate biochemical concepts clearly and accurately
    3) Understand the theoretical use of modern techniques in biochemistry

5. Assessment Measures

The students are graded on exams (including a cumulative final exam) and other assignments, which may include homework, in-class assignments, and/or quizzes.

6. Other Course Information

The students in Biochemistry at Radford University are mainly Chemistry and Biology students and the course is designed to meet their needs and interests to the greatest extent possible.  It is felt, however, that the course can also be of value to any other students, particularly those training for health-related fields, who might have an interest in the molecular basis of life and the necessary background to participate.

Review and Approval

September 2, 2014
October 2007